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Crook County has scoring opportunities, but are unable to finish as Warriors dominate match

LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Defender Hayden Shaw heads the ball away from a Lebanon forward. The Cowboys fell 5-0 to the Warriors as Crook County dropped it's second consecutive match.The Crook County Cowboys were shut out 6-0 Tuesday afternoon by the Lebanon Warriors.

The Warriors took a 3-0 halftime lead, then scored three more goals in the second half as they rolled to the easy win.

Meanwhile, the Cowboys had several chances to score in the match but were unable to finish as they were shut out for the second consecutive match.

"I saw a lot of positive underclassmen that are coming out and playing harder," Crook County head coach Ramone Castañeda said. "We got a couple of scoring opportunities, once we settled down and started passing the ball a little more, we got some chances."

Lebanon scored their first goal just 10 minutes into the match. The Warriors struck again with 16 minutes remaining in the first half, then scored again six minutes later.

The second half was more of the same as Lebanon took advantage of virtually every scoring opportunity they had, while the Cowboys were unable to find a way to score.

LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Elias Villagomez pushes the ball up the field against a pair of Lebanon defenders. Villagomez and the Cowboys lost 6-0 to the Warriors. Crook County will host Hood River Valley on Tuesday beginning at 4:30 p.m. As the game went on, Crook County was more successful pushing the ball up the field and had several good scoring opportunities.

However, the Cowboys were unable to find the back of the net, putting shots over the top of the goal, off the posts, and wide to both sides.

Late in the match, the team nearly broke through, but Lebanon's goalie made two great saves to preserve the Warrior shutout.

Still, Castañeda said that the Cowboys are making progress.

For much of the early portion of the season, players have started bickering as the team has fallen behind.

Tuesday was different, as the team played together for the entire match.

"It takes time," Castañeda said. "They have improved the whole time. The most important thing is they didn't argue. We played as a team. That's what makes me happy."

With the loss, the Cowboys fell to 1-4 on the year, while the Warriors improved to 5-0-1.

Crook County was on the road at The Dalles, 0-4, on Thursday in the Intermountain Conference opener for both teams.

The Cowboys return home on Tuesday, Oct. 1, when they host the Hood River Valley Eagles, 1-2-2, in a 4:30 p.m. match.

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