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Cowgirls snap six-game shutout streak thanks to Tavia Quinn goal in Pendleton

PMG PHOTO: LON AUSTIN - Crook County ninth-grader Dylanne Smith looks to pass during the Cowgirls' 3-0 loss to Hood River Valley.The Crook County Cowgirl soccer team dropped a pair of matches to Hood River Valley and Pendleton this past week.

Still, Crook County interim head coach Aaron Raasch was happy with what he saw.

"Overall, I've only got to see you guys play twice so far," he told his team after Tuesday's loss. "I thought today we did some things much better. I thought we were much better about controlling the soccer ball instead of just trying to get rid of it and I thought we did a better job of attacking."

On Tuesday, the Cowgirls hosted Hood River Valley, falling 3-0 to the Eagles, then on Thursday the Cowgirls lost 6-1 on the road to the Buckaroos.

In Tuesday's match with the Eagles, neither team was able to score for much of the first half, although both teams had scoring opportunities. Hood River Valley finally broke through and scored with 12:17 remaining in the first half to put the Eagles up 1-0. The Eagles scored again with just over five minutes remaining in the half.

Once again, neither team scored for much of the second half, although Crook County had several good scoring opportunities. Then, with about 15 minutes remaining in the match, Hood River Valley scored their final goal. The Cowgirls had one final chance to score late in the match, but the shot bounced harmlessly off the goal post, keeping the Eagle shutout intact.

"One thing I want us to work on, and you notice that Hood River did it and they got a goal on it, and you guys did it at the very last shot we had is that ou've got to crash," Raasch said. "So when Bales (forward Emma Bales) is firing, you have to attack. You have to crash."

"I really like how the last couple weeks have gone," said Crook County midfielder Gabby Wood. "We are more happy and energetic about it. I feel like we are more of a team and our communicating has really grown over these past two weeks. I am not pleased with everything that has happened, but I'm pleased that our team has become a better team. I really like how we played today. I feel like we did get tired at the end, but I feel like we played really hard and energetic. "

On Thursday, the Cowgirls fell behind the league-leading Pendleton Buckaroos early on, but unlike in their previous meeting, the Cowgirls stayed competitive the entire match. The Cowgirls trailed 4-0 at the half. However, the Cowgirls scored just their third goal of the season in the second half as Tavia Quinn scored on an assist by Tienna Quinn.

Pendleton scored two more second half goals, but Raasch was still pleased with the Cowgirls performance.

"We played really well, especially in the second half," he said. "Our two defenders (Lauren Papke and Makenna Duran) did really well today and our goalie (Paige Stewart) played fantastic.

The Cowgirls are now 0-8 in league and 0-12 overall with two matches remaining in the season. The team hosts second-place Ridgeview today at 4:30 p.m., then go on the road at Redmond for a 6:30 p.m. match Thursday to close out the year.


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