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Strong Hood River Valley flexes against Crook County High School Cowboys team

LON AUSTIN - Nils Hansen, right, battles for the ball against Hood River Valley Sept. 28. The Cowboys fell 7-0 to the Eagles.

The Crook County High School boys soccer team was blown out at home on Tuesday by the Hood River Valley Eagles, then suffered a close road loss to Pendleton on Thursday.

Tuesday, the Cowboys were never in the game as Hood River Valley rolled to a 4-0 halftime lead, then scored four more goals in the second half as the match was stopped early due to the eight goal mercy rule.

Jaden Dubon led the Eagle offensive onslaught with a trio of goals.

Thursday was an entirely different story with the Cowboys in the match until the end.

Nils Hansen scored in the first half on an assist from Tyson Martinez, giving Crook County a 1-0 lead. Pendleton tied the match just before halftime. However, the Cowboys came out strong in the second half with senior captain Mitch Warren scoring to give Crook County a 2-1 lead.

However, that was the last goal that the Cowboys could find a way to score, while Pendleton scored three late goals to take a 4-2 victory.

"The Cowboys just couldn't hold on to the lead and didn't have an answer for Pendleton's next three goals," said Crook County head coach Bryan Housley. "On the upside, regardless of the scoreboard, the Cowboys are becoming a better-connected squad, and I'm certain the tide of change is brewing."

With the pair of losses, Crook County fell to 0-3 in league and 0-7 overall. Hood River Valley is currently sitting on top of the Intermountain Conference standings with a 3-0 league record and a 5-1-1 overall mark, while Pendleton improved to 1-2 in league and 2-5 overall.

The Cowboys played a home match on Monday against the Ridgeview Ravens, 2-1, 4-3-1. Crook County is back in action on Thursday as they go on the road to play the Redmond Panthers, 1-2, 1-6.

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