Cowboys and Bend Lava Bears play to a 2-2 tie

After winning just two matches in 2012, the Crook County Cowboy soccer team is excited about how well the new season is going.

"The kids are learning and every day they progress," said head coach Joel Carrillo.

Tuesday afternoon was just one more example of how far the Cowboys have come as the team, when they played to a 2-2 tie with the Bend Lava Bears.

"It was a really good game," Carrillo said. "We are still doing some mistakes that we want to fix now, but the kids played really good."

Crook County took an early lead as Bryan Martinez made a centering pass that Zane Abrams was able to knock into the back of the goal. Bend answered with a pair of goals of their own and the Lava Bears took a 2-1 halftime lead.

The Cowboys came out in the second half and forced the action. However, Crook County was unable to score until mid-way through the half on a goal by Diego Nunez. Christian Hernandez earned an assist on the play as the Cowboys tied the match.

The Cowboys had several scoring opportunities the remainder of the contest, but were unable to find a way to score.

"We missed a lot of shots," Carrillo said. "We had one go off the post and Martinez missed two or three shots. We could have scored two or three more goals, but they didn't make them. That's what we have to practice right now."

After starting the season with a loss, the Cowboys are now 3-1-1 on the season. The team hosted Redmond on Thursday. Crook County is back at home on Tuesday when they take on the Ridgeview Ravens in a 3 p.m. contest.

The game is a must-win contest for the Cowboys if they hope to make the playoffs. With just two teams in Special District I, and only the league champion guaranteed a play-in game, the winner of Tuesday's game will control their own destiny.

"We are so happy with how we are playing and we can't wait for Tuesday's game," Carrillo said. "We will show how much progress we are making."

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