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Eagles, who are tied for first in the IMC, score five first half goals, coast to easy road win

LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Teagan Freeman plays a ball away from Hood River Valley forward True Becker during Crook County's 7-0 loss to the Eagles on Tuesday. The Cowgirls play their final home match of the season next Tuesday against the league-leading Ridgeview Ravens. The Crook County Cowgirls have shown steady improvement all season.

However, so far that has not translated to wins.

Tuesday was another typical match. The Cowgirls pushed the ball up the field early and went toe-to-toe with Hood River Valley, who are currently tied for first place in the Intermountain Conference.

Then the Eagles broke through in the ninth minute, scoring their first goal of the match. The Eagles struck again four minutes later to push their lead to 2-0.

From that point on, it was all Hood River Valley as the visiting Eagles rolled to a 7-0 win.

"We saw a lot of areas where we can improve and things we need to work on," Crook County head coach Destanie Johnson said following the match.

Hood River Valley scored three more goals in the first half as they rolled to a 5-0 halftime advantage.

Once again, the Cowgirls came out strong to start the second half but were unable to score.

Hood River Valley scored their sixth goal with 19:31 remaining in the match, then scored one final goal with 14 minutes left.

Hood River Valley continued to dominate play until the final whistle, but were unable to score again as the Cowgirl defense stiffened in the second half.

Five different Eagles scored goals in the match as Hood River Valley improved to 6-5 overall and 6-1 in IMC play.

LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Grace Slawter plays a ball past a Hood River Valley defender during the Cowgirls' 7-0 loss to the Eagles on Tuesday. The Cowgirls play their last home match on Tuesday when they host Ridgeview. Meanwhile, the Cowgirls fell to 0-11 overall and 0-7 in conference play.

Still, Crook County once again showed improvement as the Eagles won the first contest between the two schools 11-0.

The Cowgirls hosted Pendleton, 1-10, 1-6, on Thursday.

The team will close out their season next week with a home match against the Ridgeview Ravens, 7-3, 6-1, on Tuesday, Oct. 29, before going on the road on Thursday, Oct. 31, to take on the Redmond Panthers, 5-8, 3-4.

Both matches are currently scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m.

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