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Coach impressed with Crook County High School girls soccer team's effort, resiliency

LON AUSTIN - Emma Bales, 20, slide-tackles a ball during the Cowgirls' 7-0 loss to Sisters Oct. 28. The two teams were locked in a  scoreless battle for the first 10 minutes of the game, but Sisters was able to score four before the end of the half.

The Crook County High School girls soccer team opened the season last Wednesday with a 7-0 loss to the Sisters Outlaws.

The Cowgirls had their chances to score early but were unable to find the back of the net.

The Outlaws finally scored just under 10 minutes into the game. From that point on, it was all Sisters as they scored three more first-half goals.

The Cowgirls moved several players to different positions in the second half, but it didn't make any difference as Sisters scored three more goals, while Crook County was unable to find a way to penetrate a stingy Outlaw defense.

Despite the loss, Crook County head coach Destanie Johnson was happy just to be playing.

"It was so important to be able to play," she said. "I think we are going to be able to see our development on the field with actual pressure, which is huge for us. We need to have competition."

Johnson added that although it has been difficult to not have a regular season, the team has been working hard and all have good attitudes.

"They are pretty resilient," she said. "I've got a good group of girls that are able to bounce back and make the adjustments that we need to do. The first game was a great opportunity to see what we have been doing and what we need to keep doing and then areas for us to improve and practice on."

The Cowgirls are back in action on Wednesday when they travel to Redmond to take on the Panthers in a 4 p.m. contest.

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