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Crook County scores first but can't hold the lead in 2-1 loss at Madras Oct. 4; still hunting first victory

TONY AHERN  - Harper Smith, 9, works against Buffs Blanco Bravo, 2, and Emily King during the Tri-Valley Conference soccer match in Madras Oct. 4. The Cowgirls scored first but couldn't hold the lead and fell 2-1.  Tuesday afternoon in Madras, the Crook County High School girls soccer team played possibly their best matches of the year with the varsity team falling 2-1 to Madras and the JV team tying 2-2 with the White Buffalos.

"I can honestly say it was the best games, both of them, that I have seen (the Cowgirls play) in a long time," Crook County interim head coach Jacob Stewart said. "It was a pretty competitive game. We controlled the ball pretty well, all game. We probably controlled the ball a little bit better than Madras."

The Cowgirls scored first in both matches, scoring two first half goals in the JV match and one about half way through the first half of the varsity match on a shot by Emily Ruiz.

The White Buffalos tied the match later in the first half, then scored a go-ahead goal shortly thereafter for a 2-1 lead at halftime. That score stood and neither team managed a goal in the second half.

Still, Stewart was pleased with what he saw from his team.

"The girls played really good," Stewart said. "We are really seeing our give and go's pick up. Each week we are seeing each game get a little bit better and a little bit better and now we are finally seeing that everything we have been working on so far this year in practice is finally starting to take shape. We just have to get it all together in one game."

Stewart added that Crook County defender Harper Smith was able to stick right with Buff attacker Addy Adams, the fastest girl on the Madras team.

"We had several chances," Stewart said. "We had a lot of breakaways and we had some one on one's, but the thing that ended up getting us is we had some off sides calls. We are working on that and there was a lot of good things that came out of the game, especially with the passing and not just passing, but receiving the ball."

With the loss, the Cowgirls dropped to 0-8 overall and 0-5 in Tri-Valley Conference play. Meanwhile, the White Buffalos improved to 2-4-1 overall and 1-3-1 in conference play.

Crook County does not play again until Monday when they host The Dalles, 4-3-2, 3-2, in a 4:30 p.m. match. The Cowgirls play again on Thursday when they go on the road to take on the Molalla Indians in a 6 p.m. contest.


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