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Sixth-ranked Hood River Valley takes easy home victory over Crook County Cowboys

LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Crook County defender Cainen Smith plays a ball up the field during a recent game. Smith and the rest of the Cowboys fell 11-0 to Hood River Valley on the road Tuesday afternoon.The Hood River Valley Eagles were in control from the start as they rolled to an 11-0 win over the Crook County Cowboys Tuesday afternoon in Hood River.

Playing on artificial turf for only the second game all season, the Cowboys were unable to get anything going on the offensive end.

Meanwhile, the Eagles scored early and often in the match as they cruised to the easy win.

"It was not good," said Crook County head coach Ramone Castañeda. "We had a real bad game. We could not put a good play on, and on top of it, we don't know how to play on turf."

With the ball moving faster when it hits artificial turf than when it hits grass, the Cowboys seemed to be one step behind the entire game as Hood River Valley controlled the ball the entire match.

With the victory, the sixth-ranked Eagles kept pace with Ridgeview for first place in the Intermountain Conference.

Both teams have a 6-1 league record, while Hood River Valley is 7-3-2 overall, compared to a 9-1 overall mark for the Ravens.

Meanwhile, the Cowboys dropped to 1-11 overall and 0-7 in conference play.

It was the first time that Crook County has been shut out since league play started.

Prior to Tuesday's match the Cowboys were averaging more than three goals a match in league play.

The Cowboys hosted Pendleton, 3-3-1, 4-5-2, on Thursday.

The team then closes out the season with matches Tuesday at Ridgeview and Thursday at home against the Redmond Panthers.

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

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