Crook County Cowboy soccer still seeking its elusive first win
The Crook County High School boys soccer squad dropped a pair of matches this past week, falling to Sisters 7-4 and to North Bend 4-1.
Wednesday in Sisters, the Outlaws jumped out on top early, and led 5-2 at the half. Crook County scored the first two goals of the second half to close to within a goal at 5-4 before Sisters scored a pair of late goals to put the match out of reach.
"I thought it went pretty good honestly," Crook County senior Hayden Shaw said following the match. "We came back in the second half, then we kind of just let it go again. If we would have kept that drive and that passion the whole first half, I think we would have got them."
Eusevio Zarate scored the first two goals for the Cowboys, assisted by Adam Ortiz and Shaw. Gabe Love scored the Cowboys' third goal on an assist by Ortiz before Gabriel Lopez scored the final goal, also assisted by Ortiz.
"We had a couple of guys that just didn't start well," Crook County head coach Bryan Housley said. "We came back and made it close and we controlled the better part of the second half, then fatigue and mental mistakes allowed the Outlaws to regain the momentum."
Saturday at home, Crook County's match with North Bend was very different. The Cowboys controlled the ball for much of the first half, but were unable to score. Meanwhile, the North Bend offense was able to counterattack effectively, scoring a goal early in the first half.
"That first goal, I think we shook it off and didn't worry about it, but after they scored again, I think we all just kind of lost it," Shaw said. "I think it's mental. We need to keep our heads, I've always gone by 0-0 the whole game, no matter what the score is. We need to just keep our heads."
Despite Crook County continuing to force the action, North Bend was able to score three more first half goals as they pulled away to a 4-0 halftime lead.
"Our defense is constantly under pressure because we are not maintaining control in the middle third," Housley said. "So, even though in this first half we were in the middle third to attacking third for probably a good 70 percent of the half, we just couldn't finish, and we got in trouble when they counterattacked."
Crook County moved some people to different positions in the second half, and had some success, holding the Bulldogs scoreless, while scoring a goal of their own to make the final score 4-1.
That goal was scored by freshman Jace Jonas on an assist from Shaw.
"We had to make some personnel changes that created an uncomfortable environment for our boys," Housley said. "It was some positions that some of the guys were not wanting to play or even practiced in, but it was about mixing it up to regain some of that personal responsibility for their own position rather than dictating to others how they should be playing."
With the losses the Cowboys are now 0-3 on the year. Crook County is on the road today when they travel to Redmond to take on the Panthers in a 6 p.m. match. Following tonight's match, the team has a week off before opening the league season Sept. 20 when they host The Dalles in the Tri-Valley Conference opener for both teams. Game time is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.
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