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Wins elude the hardworking Crook County High School soccer squads during competition last week

LON AUSTIN - Emily Bales pushes the ball upfield during the Cowgirls' soccer match with Redmond March 10. Despite the 7-0 defeat, coach Destanie Johnson is happy with the effort she's getting our of her Cowgirl squad. Meanwhile, the Cowboys' soccer team came up just short against Redmond last week, losing 4-3, then dropping a 4-1 match to Cascade.

The Crook County Cowgirl soccer team struggled Wednesday as they fell 7-0 to the Redmond Panthers in Intermountain Conference action.

Despite the loss, Crook County head coach Destanie Johnson is still positive about her team's performance so far this year.

"The girls are developing and we are excited about what we're seeing with your young team," she said.

Neither team scored early in the contest, but the Panthers controlled the ball, putting relentless pressure on the Cowgirls. Then, 10 minutes in, the Panthers broke through for their first goal of the match. Two minutes later they scored again, taking a 2-0 lead.

Redmond continued to push the action, scoring again midway through the half. The Panthers scored one final first-half goal as a corner kick bent around the Cowgirl defense and Crook County's goalkeeper could not corral the ball and it rolling into the goal.

The Panthers scored again less than a minute into the second half to push their lead to 5-0. Redmond's final two goals came in the 43rd and 44th minutes of the contest.

Shortly after those goals, the Panthers pulled most of their varsity lineup and replaced them with members of their JV team.

Late in the game, the Cowgirls had some scoring opportunities but were unable to capitalize. Crook County has been shut out in both of their contests so far this year.

The team is back in action Tuesday at 4 p.m. when they play the Summit JV team in Bend.

The Cowgirls are on the road again on Friday when they take on The Dalles, 1-2, in a 4:30 p.m. league match.

Cowboys lose two

The Crook County Cowboys dropped a pair of matches this past week, falling 4-3 to the Redmond Panthers and 4-1 to the Cascade Cougars.

The Cowboys fell behind early on Tuesday in Redmond, trailing 3-1 at the half. However, Crook County staged a furious rally in the second half, getting to within a goal with more than 10 minutes remaining in the contest. Crook County continued to pressure the Panthers the remainder of the match but were unable to break through with the tying goal.

Kevin Arroyo scored the Cowboys' first and third goals, while Jesse Sanchez scored the third goal on a penalty kick.

Head coach Jonny Oelker was especially excited about what he saw on the team's third goal.

"The third goal was an awesome header by Kevin from a perfect assist by Mitch Warren," he said. "We outplayed Redmond in the second half. We stayed mentally strong with several close shots to tie that just missed in the final minutes."

Thursday's match against Cascade was a different story. The Cowboys trailed from the start, which was played in Sisters. The Cowboys played strong defense in the second half, but were unable to score more than one goal.

The Cowboys, 0-3, are are on the road again on Wednesday when they take on the Hood River Eagles, 1-1 in a 4:30 p.m. contest. Crook County finally plays another home match on Saturday when they take on The Dalles Riverhawks, 1-1, in a noon matchup.

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