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The Dalles explodes for seven goals in the second half of 10-0 win at Crook County

LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Crook County goalkeeper Lakyra Walker makes a save in traffic Thursday afternoon in the Cowgirls' 10-0 loss to The Dalles. The Crook County Cowgirls kept things close for a half.

After giving up a goal just three minutes into their home match with The Dalles, the Cowgirls defense stiffened as they kept things close for a half.

The Dalles led 3-0 at the break before exploding for seven second-half goals en route to a 10-0 win over the Cowgirls.

"What we saw on the field today was a totally different team," Crook County head coach Destanie Johnson said of her team despite the lopsided loss. "I mean they just looked sharp, they looked different today."

The Cowgirls have struggled pushing the ball up the field in their previous losses, seldom earning scoring opportunities and spending much of the time on their own end of the field.

Although they didn't score Thursday, the Cowgirls frequently pushed the ball up the field, keeping possession for much of the game.

Unfortunately, Crook County was unable to find a way to get the ball past The Dalles goalkeeper Kierstin White.

Too often the Cowgirl scoring opportunities ended with weak shots from far away from the goal, or with no shots at all.

"We have a lot of heart, and we give our all," said Crook County forward Lauren Papke. "When we get tired, we give up some goals, which is frustrating, but we'll get there. We will start scoring and we will start being a competitive team."

Crook County goalkeeper Lakyra Walker also had a strong match, stopping numerous close-range shots from the Riverhawks.

Still, The Dalles made the most of many of their scoring chances, especially in the second half.

Zara Voodre scored five goals for the Riverhawks, while Emily Adams and Teresa Cruz Torres each scored two. Kendall Webber scored the remaining goal for the Riverhawks.

Despite the large margin of victory for The Dalles, Johnson was pleased with the improvement that she saw from her team.

LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Isabel Vargas Martinez, 16, beats The Dalles Riverhawk McKenna Wilcox to the ball during the Cowgirls' match with The Dalles on Thursday. The Dalles went on to win the match 10-0. "They have the right idea," Johnson said. "It's just about the execution right now. They are seeing and understanding the game a little bit more, which is going to have a huge impact on the rest of their season. I just see continued growth."

With the loss, the Cowgirls dropped to 0-5 overall and 0-1 in the Intermountain Conference, while the Riverhawks improved to 1-2-1 overall and 1-0 in league.

"It's our first league game," Papke said. "We still have nine to go and we have lots of room to grow. I'm really proud of us. I'm really proud of our family."

The Cowgirls have a tough road ahead. The team becomes road warriors, playing their next three matches on the road against Hood River Valley (1-4, 1-0 ) today, Pendleton (0-5, 0-1) Friday, and Ridgeview (1-3, 0-1) on Tuesday, Oct. 8.

The team does not return home again until Thursday, Oct. 10, when they take on the Redmond Panthers (3-2, 1-0) in a 4:30 p.m. match.

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