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Panthers score late goal to salvage a tie against the Cowgirls in Intermountain Conference soccer action

LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Faith Wagner plays a ball during a match earlier this year. Wagner scored one of three Cowgirl goals against the Redmond Panthers on Thursday as the two teams played to a 3-3 tie in Intermountain Conference play.The Redmond Panthers scored a late goal to salvage a 3-3 tie with the Crook County Cowgirls Thursday afternoon in Intermountain Conference girls soccer action.

Crook County, which had not scored a goal since starting forward Gracie Kasberger went down with a knee injury two weeks earlier, broke their scoring drought in a big way as they gave the host Panthers all they could handle in the match.

"It was probably one of the most fun games that we have played all season," said Crook County defender Tansy Clark. "I think that everybody played super good. It was disappointing to end in a tie, but I think all of us knew how hard everybody worked and that we can beat them again when we play them again."

Senior forward Faith Wagner scored the opening goal for the Cowgirls, who took an early 1-0 lead.

A few minutes later, the Panthers scored, tying the match 1-1.

Crook County regained the lead late in the first half on a goal by Tiena Quinn, and the Cowgirls took a 2-1 lead into the half.

Crook County had a chance to put the game out of reach early in the second half, but defender Emma Hehn missed on a penalty kick.

Both teams were called for a series of fouls during the course of the game, which became physical.

"It was really fun because we were all being aggressive, but it was a good aggressive," Wagner said. "It was a very positive game. It was an all laugh at it and then keep on going."

Midway through the half, the Panthers tied the game for a second time.

However, once again, Redmond was called for a foul inside the penalty box, and this time Hehn drilled the ball into the back of the net, giving the Cowgirls a 3-2 lead.

It looked like the Cowgirls would get their first Intermountain Conference win of the year, but with time running down, the Panthers found a way to score one final goal, tying the match with under two minutes remaining.

"I actually got three parents come up to me from the other team and tell me how great the game was and how they would really like to see another one," Wagner said. "We are hoping to get it underneath the lights here in the stadium for our senior night — it's a 50-50 chance."

With the tie, the Cowgirls improved to 0-4-1 in conference play and 2-7-1 overall, while the Panthers are now 1-3-1 in conference and 2-6-1 overall.

The Cowgirls do not play again until Thursday, Oct. 11, when they host The Dalles/Dufur Riverhawks in a 4:30 p.m. match.

"It would have been nice to win, but it happened, and we are just going to have to keep on going," Wagner added. "I think that this is going to change our positivity towards games, and hopefully, we will get back into that winning streak that we had.

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