Robby Running scores five goals as Eagles dominates league match at Crook County

LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Crook County defender Mitchell Bennett plays the ball away from a fallen Hood River Valley player Tuesday afternoon in Prineville. Hood River Valley dominated the competition, taking an 11-0 victory over the Cowboys. The home-standing Crook County Cowboys were never in the match Tuesday as they were blasted by the Hood River Valley Eagles in an Intermountain Conference soccer matchup.

Hood River Valley opened the scoring less than a minute into the match on a goal by midfielder Robby Running, and the Eagles never let up as they rolled to an 11-0 victory.

"It's been tough," Crook County defender Mitchell Bennett said following the match. "We have had trouble getting people to practice this week. We've had a coaching change this year, and not everyone has accepted it."

Crook County had just four players at practice on Monday, and it showed in the match as the Cowboys were unable to get any scoring opportunities until the second half when the match had already been decided.

Nine minutes into the contest, the Eagles scored again, this time on an Emanuel Perez shot, assisted by Running.

Running scored twice more in the first half, and Gael Martinez Magana added a fifth goal as the Eagles went into the half leading 5-0.

Early in the second half, it was more of the same as Running scored his fourth and fifth goals of the match, and Harry Wilde added another goal, pushing the Hood River Valley lead to 8-0.

Following the early barrage, the Cowboys finally found a way to get the ball into the Hood River Valley side of the field, but they still had limited opportunities to score.

Still, Bennett thought that Crook County's play improved in the second half.

LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Kevin Arroyo fights for the ball with a pair of Hood River Valley defenders. The play was one of just two Crook County scoring chances in the match."I thought we played better in the second half," he said. "We did a better job of stringing passes together, and we gave ourselves some opportunities to score, but we are really struggling right now."

Manuel Trejo, Damian Charco and Wilde each added goals for the Eagles late in the match as Hood River Valley cruised to the easy win.

With the victory, the Eagles improved to 5-4-2 overall and 4-1-2 in conference play.

Hood River Valley is currently in third place in the Intermountain Conference — one game out of second place. Meanwhile, the Cowboys are in fourth place in the conference with a 2-7-1 overall record and a 1-4-1 conference mark.

The Cowboys played at Pendleton, 1-9-1, 1-6, on Thursday, then close out their season next week with a match at home against Ridgeview, 7-2-2, 5-0-2 on Tuesday, then a road match at Redmond, 3-6-1, 1-5-1 on Thursday.

All three matches are scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m.

With Tuesday's loss, the Cowboys were officially eliminated from any chance of post-season play.

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