It was a tough week for the Crook County High School girls soccer team as the Cowgirls lost a pair of matches via the eight-goal mercy rule.
Monday, the Cowgirls went on the road at Ridgeview, where they were able to play until midway through the first half before falling 8-0 to the Ravens.
"We lost, but I feel like it was a step up for us because we had been going against teams about our level, but now we had to take a step up against the state finalist from 2019," said freshman Dylanne Smith of the Ridgeview match. "I feel like that really showed us what the challenge could be, so we had to step it up, which prepared us for the Redmond match."
Thursday was more of the same as the Cowgirls fell behind the Redmond Panthers 7-0 in the first half. Redmond then pulled three of their forwards to start the second half and put some restrictions on the team. After about 15 minutes, the coach subbed all three forwards back into the contest and yelled to the players on the field that the restrictions were removed. About three minutes later, Redmond scored their final goal, and the game was over.
"I think that they were really strong players and they had great ball movement," Smith said. "As a team, we are still learning to work together because we have such a small team that it is freshmen and seniors pretty much. Trying to get that integration and work together as two completely different age groups is still difficult for us, so I feel like it was a good team bonding opportunity to work more together."
Reese Wedding scored four goals for the Panthers, while Azlynn Ure had two goals and an assist.
With the wins, Ridgeview improved to 2-1-2 in Intermountain Conference play and 2-5-2 overall, while Redmond is now 3-1-1 in conference and 5-2-1 overall. Meanwhile, Crook County fell to 0-5 in league and 0-9 overall as the league season reached the halfway point. Despite not scoring a goal so far in conference play and being outscored 50-2, overall so far this season, members of the team are still optimistic heading into the second half of the Intermountain Conference season.
"We know these girls and we know their strengths now," Smith said of the rest of the league. "So, once we work on our strengths, I think we will be able to finally put some balls in the back of the net and start winning."
Next up for the Cowgirls is a road trip to The Dalles, 2-2-1, 3-5-2, on Tuesday. The Cowgirls return home on Thursday to take on Hood River Valley, 1-3, 2-6. Both matches are scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m.
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