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The Cowgirls soccer squad drops a pair of matches, but had their highest goal total in a game in three years

The Crook County Cowgirls may have lost another soccer match on Saturday, but first-year head coach Mary Buell is pleased with what she is seeing from her team.

"I am very happy with the progress of this team," she said. "Every practice their touch on the ball gets better, as well as their intensity. Each game mirrors that. We continue to possess the ball more. Our defense is playing more out of the back with simple efficient passing and we are creating more goal scoring opportunities."

Those goal scoring opportunities are making a huge difference from Cowgirl teams the past several years. Although they lost 8-3 on Saturday against North Bend, the three goals scored by the Cowgirls equal the entire goal scoring by the team in all of 2021.

"Yesterday we scored more goals in a game than this program has scored in three years," Buell noted on Sunday.

The Cowgirls gave up an early goal to the visiting North Bend Bulldogs, and gave up a second goal midway through the first half. North Bend scored again 10 minutes into the second half to take a 3-0 lead and scored again five minutes later to run their lead to 4-0.

PMG FILE PHOTO LON AUSTIN - Salma Sacco pushes the ball upfield against North Bend Sept. 10However, Crook County was able to score just one minute later as Haylee Noland found the net on an assist from Emily Ruiz. That's the way the score stayed until late in the match.

With approximately eight minutes remaining, North Bend scored again. Less than two minutes later, Crook County answered on a goal from Ruiz with an assist by Tavia Quinn.

After two more quick Bulldog goals, the Cowgirls scored one final time with about a minute left in the contest, as Ruiz scored her second goal of the match, this time on an assist by Samantha Ramos.

"There are things we can work on still, like being receptive of what the other players are saying, but we had better connections that we've ever had," said team captain Makenna Duran following Saturday's match. "I feel good. We already learned new things, now we just have to improve on the new things that we learned. Where our positions are — because we had trouble with that — knowing where we were supposed to be, but we are working on that. Knowing where our positions are and communication. I'm excited."

The Cowgirls are back in action on Saturday when they go on the road to take on Klamath Union in a 2 p.m. match. The team then opens the Tri-Valley Conference Tuesday, Sept. 20 when they host The Dalles in a 4:30 p.m. match.

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