Cowgirls give up seven second-half goals in loss

The Ridgeview Ravens scored seven second-half goals to break open a close match as they blasted the Crook County Cowgirls 8-0 in a Special District I soccer LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Adrianna Villagomez (10) and Amy Gonzalez (6) play the ball during the first half of the Cowgirls match with the Ridgeview Ravens. The Ravens led 1-0 at halftime, but exploded for seven second-half goals in an 8-0 shutout of the Cowgirls.

Just two minutes into the contest, Hailey Williamson took a pass from Bailey Simmons and pushed it into the goal to give the Ravens a 1-0 lead.

It was the only good scoring opportunity that the Ravens had in the first half.

“We played really well,” said Crook County Head Coach Rich Abrams. “In fact, the other team hardly got a sniff at the goal. Our plan worked the first half. We created several chances to score and it was coming out of our defense.”

Audrey, and Madie Bernard each had good scoring chances in the first half for the Cowgirls. However, neither player was able to convert.

At halftime, both teams made adjustments, and the Ravens took advantage in the second half.

“Simmons scored five times in the half, while Zoe Lash scored a pair of goals. Anna Palacios picked up three assists for the Ravens and Bethany Hampton added an assist.

Meanwhile, the Cowgirls were unable to get any scoring opportunities in the half.

“There were players who didn’t stick to the game plan and that cost us,” Abrams said. “The second half, even though some of the players tried to attack more it didn’t come to anything. We had hardly any chances just because when if flows out of our defense it works. As soon as we deviated from the game plan nothing at all worked on either end. We talked about that long and hard today.”

The Ravens are now 1-0 in Special District I and 3-4-1 overall while the Cowgirls dropped to 0-1 in conference and 2-4 overall.

Crook County traveled to Summit on Thursday. The team is on the road again on Saturday for a 1 p.m. contest at Sweet Home. The team returns home Tuesday to host Mountain View in a 3 p.m. match.

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