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Crook County struggles out of the gate as Ridgeview runs away to a 15-0 home shutout of the Cowboys

LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Crook County midfielder Elias Villagomez is doubleteamed by a pair of Ridgeview players when the two teams met in Prineville earlier this year. Ridgeview won Tuesday's meeting between the two teams 15-0. The Crook County Cowboys were never in contention on Tuesday as they were blasted 15-0 by the league-leading Ridgeview Ravens in Intermountain Conference soccer action.

It was the worst loss for the Cowboys at least since the OSAA went to six classifications in 2006.

Playing in freezing temperatures in Redmond, the Cowboys were unable to get anything going in the match as the Ravens controlled the ball the entire way, forcing the action.

Crook County was playing without starting forward Kevin Sanchez and starting defender, Jesse Sanchez. However, that probably wouldn't have made any difference as the Ravens looked like the faster and more determined team.

Ridgeview was able to outrun Crook County defenders to the ball the entire match and were also able to get behind Crook County, earning one-on-one opportunities against the Crook County goalkeeper.

With the victory, the Ravens improved to 11-1 overall and 8-1 in conference play. More importantly, they kept pace with Hood River, 9-3-2, 8-1, for the conference championship.

Meanwhile, the Cowboys dropped to 1-13 overall and 0-9 in conference play.

The Intermountain Conference finished their regular season on Thursday with Ridgeview facing Pendleton, Hood River Valley facing The Dalles, and Crook County hosting Redmond, 1-11-1, 1-8.


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