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Arroyo scores three goals to help Crook County High Sschool drop the Panthers

LON AUSTIN - Kevin Arroyo, 7, scored three goals for Crook County during the Cowboys' 8-4 win over Redmond Nov. 3. Later in the week, CCHS challenged a tough Madras squad but lost 5-1.

After tying Sisters 3-3 in the opening soccer game of the season, the Crook County Cowboys cruised past Redmond 8-4 last Tuesday, before meeting their match on Thursday as they fell 5-1 to the Madras White Buffalos.

"We did some good things," Crook County head coach Jonny Oelkers said after Tuesday's match. "Our passing needs work though. The problem we are facing now is getting them to trust each other. There are guys out there that can do good things with the ball, and getting them to trust teammates who haven't been around as long, well, that's a different story."

Tuesday in Prineville, the Panthers jumped out to a quick early lead, scoring less than a minute into the game.

The Cowboys tied the game six minutes later on a goal by Kevin Arroyo. 

Crook County took the lead for good less than a minute later as Eusebio Zarate scored the first varsity goal of his career. Arroyo scored two more goals in rapid succession as Crook County stretched their lead to 4-1. With 12 minutes remaining in the first half, Zarate scored again to bring the Cowboy lead to 5-1. Redmond scored a second goal with just over a minute left in the first half to make the score 5-2 at the half.

Arroyo, Kevin Sanchez and Abel Nunez each scored second-half goals as Crook County stretched their lead to 8-2. With the Cowboys substituting freely, Redmond scored a pair of late goals to make the final score 8-4.

Thursday, the White Buffalos showed why they are one of the best teams in the state as they dominated early in the win in a match that was played in Redmond. 

Madras jumped on top early, scoring four goals in the first 15 minutes of the match.

Leo Guterrez scored three goals, while Javier Sedano and Yael Carlon each scored once. Jesse Sanchez scored the lone goal for the Cowboys on a penalty kick.

"We learned some good things about what we need to improve," Oelkers said.

"This was our first game of the ear and the first in over a year," said Madras head coach Clark Jones. "It was refreshing to be on the pitch again, and it was refreshing to see our players compete and have fun."

Jones also complimented the Crook County team and coaching staff.

"I think Jonny Oelkers and his crew are making a difference in the program," he said.

The Cowboys played again on Saturday as they hosted Sisters in a rematch of the first game of the season.

Oelkers, who is in his first year as head coach, thinks that playing the OSAA season 1 and then having a second season in the spring is going to play big dividends for the Cowboys.

"I think this year is going to be really beneficial to our program because we sort of have two seasons," he said. "It's really a chance to play a little bit and have a season, then have another season the same year. There's going to be physical growth in their bodies. It's like in college when you cram for three days straight and then you forget because you never come back to it, but if you come back to it two weeks later and you cram again, it's going to stick with you, so I think you are going to have that effect. It's going to be like we have two normal seasons."

Oelkers is also pleased with the leadership that he is seeing from his upperclassmen.

"It's good to see our guys like Kevin Arroyo, Kevin Sanchez, Jesse Sanchez and Abel Nunez, those four guys are really stepping up and acting like leaders, so it's great," he added.

The Cowboys play again today and Thursday when they play the Ridgeview Ravens. Crook County will host the Ravens on Tuesday then play on the road Thursday with both games scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.

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