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Warriors take a 6-0 halftime lead, continue to extend lead in second half of match at Prineville

LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Messina McClellan, 5, plays the ball away from a Lebanon player during the first half of Crook County's 11-0 loss to the Warriors.After a blowout loss to South Albany to open the season, the Crook County Cowgirls had shown steady improvement.

That is until Tuesday when they took on the Lebanon Warriors in a match in Prineville.

The Warriors overpowered the Cowgirls, controlling the ball for most of the match as they rolled to an 11-0 victory.

"Today revealed exactly what there is that we have to work on," Crook County head coach Destanie Johnson said following the match. "Where we go from here, I think it just depends on the girls."

The Warriors opened the scoring less than five minutes into the match, and continued their offensive onslaught for the remainder of the contest.

Lebanon led 6-0 at the half and continued to extend their lead, scoring their final score of the match with less than a minute remaining.

The Cowgirls struggled to get the ball out of their own end for much of the match and were unable to put any pressure on the Warriors.

Still, Johnson noted that there were positives for the Cowgirls, particularly the play of goalkeeper Lakyra Walker.

"I'm super proud of our keeper," Johnson said. "She had some awesome saves as usual. She dove for the ball and made some great stops."

With the loss, the Cowgirls dropped to 0-4 on the year, while the Warriors improved to 2-3-1.

Johnson, who is in her first year as a head coach, knows that the team has a lot of work remaining before they will be competitive with the top teams in the state. Still, the first year head coach is positive about the direction the team is heading.

LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Emma Bales plays a shot up the field against Lebanon on Tuesday. The Cowgirls lost the match 11-0. Crook County hosted The Dalles on Thursday, then are on the road for their next three games."Every game is a learning game for us," she said. "We learn where we can be better. We see what we are strong at and we are just going to keep rolling with it and improving as we go."

The Cowgirls opened league play on Thursday with a home match against The Dalles, 0-2-1.

The team then goes on the road for their next three Intermountain Conference matches, playing at Hood River Valley, 0-4, on Tuesday, Pendleton, 0-4, on Friday and Ridgeview, 1-2, the following Tuesday.

The team does not have another home match until Thursday, Oct. 10, when they host the 2-2 Redmond Panthers.


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