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Cancelations keep the Crook County High School Cowgirls from getting on the field

LON AUSTIN - Cainen Smith, 11, advances the ball against The Dalles Saturday. The Cowboys gave up three goals in the first half but couldn't score themselves, eventually losing 3-0.

Last week was an interesting week for Crook County soccer.

The Cowboys had a schedule change during the week when their Tuesday home match against Mountain View was canceled.

However, the Cowboys did play the remaining two matches in their schedule, an 8-1 road loss to Hood River Valley and a 3-0 home loss to The Dalles. Despite the lopsided score at Hood River, Crook County head coach Jonny Oelkers was still pleased with his team's performance.

"The team played really well," he said. "Hood River is a really strong team."

Kevin Arroyo scored the Cowboys' lone goal in the match. Oelkers was also pleased with the play of freshmen Carson Knutson and Eusevio Zarate.

In their home match on Saturday, the Cowboys fell behind 3-0 in the first half, but did not allow any goals in the second half.

"We are definitely seeing some good moments, but it's going to take time," Oelkers said. "Our defense formed a wall and kept that line. There were a lot of off-sides calls, so our defense really did play well as a team. Bryan Guzman had a good game. Eustuvio Zarate played well, and Abel Nunez (Crook County's goalkeeper) had a standout performance, today, he must have had 12 saves."

The Cowboys do not play again until Tuesday, March 30, when they play at Ridgeview.

"Before we can win consistently, first we have to tear down the broken social aspects of what existed from a few years of not a whole lot of leadership," Oelkers said. "There are some bad habits we are breaking out of these guys, and it's not six-week project, it's going to take years to really get them to play as a team, to be able to win games against solid programs like that. I'm really excited about the future and just building from the ground up."

Meanwhile, the Cowgirl soccer team was scheduled to play against the Summit JV squad and The Dalles, but neither match was played. Crook County's match with Hood River Valley that was scheduled for today has also been canceled. As a result, the Cowgirls do not play again until Wednesday, March 31 when they host Ridgeview in a 4:30 p.m. match.

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