Crook County High School hopes for breakthrough victory against Redmond teams
It has been a tough week for the Crook County High School girls soccer team.
After scoring their first goals of the year a week ago Saturday, against Lakeview, the Cowgirls were blanked by both Hood River Valley and Pendleton this past week.
Tuesday, the Cowgirls were on the road at Hood River Valley and came out on the short end of a 6-0 match. Then, Thursday, Crook County hosted Pendleton, falling 7-0 to the Buckaroos.
“It was a learning week,” said Crook County head coach Destanie Johnson. “I think we had a few good connections and we put some stuff together on the field that we have been working on, but overall, we definitely saw areas where we need improvement and what we need to be practicing.”
Tuesday, the Cowgirls gave up a pair of early goals, then stiffened on defense, staying close for a while before Hood River Valley finally pulled away.
Thursday, the Cowgirls held Pendleton scoreless for nearly eight minutes before the Buckaroos scored three goals in a span of less than three minutes. Pendleton scored a fourth goal late in the first half to make the score 4-0 at the break.
“It’s pretty hard to play in games like this, but with the team support and the positive attitudes and the coach helping us keep our head up, we are still playing hard,” said midfielder Tienna Quinn.
Crook County gave up a fifth goal eight minutes into the second half. The Cowgirls finally got their first scoring opportunity midway through the half, but Crook County was unable to find the back of the goal, and Pendleton counterattacked, scoring their sixth goal with 20 minutes remaining in the match. Less than two minutes later, Pendleton scored their final goal of the match.
“The first half we were trying to have me back on defense and help Lauren (defender Lauren Papke) out a little more and that made more of them move towards our goal,” Quinn said. “The second half we pushed up, and I was not in the back and just stayed up more towards the front and that helped us move the ball forward.”
Crook County had several more chances to score but could not find a way to get the ball past Pendleton’s goalkeeper.
Pendleton also had several more scoring opportunities, hitting the cross bar once, the post twice, and blasting a pair of shots stopped by Crook County goalkeeper Paige Stewart.
In spite of the lopsided score in both matches, Johnson was pleased with how her defense performed.
“Our keeper is doing a wonderful job of getting a hold of what she can and deflecting what she can,” she said. “And our defense is pretty rock solid back there as far as what we’ve got going on. I want to commend the defense for doing a really good job back there and holding it together.”
With the loss, Crook County dropped to 0-3 in conference play and 0-7 overall. Meanwhile, Hood River Valley is now 1-2 in league and 2-5 overall, while Pendleton leads the conference with a 3-0 league record and a 6-0 overall mark.
The Cowgirls played at Ridgeview, 1-0-2, 1-4-2, on Monday, then return home on Thursday to host the Redmond Panthers, 1-1-1, 3-2-1, in a 4:30 p.m. match.
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