The Ridgeview Ravens came out firing Tuesday afternoon in their soccer match at Crook County, and the Cowgirls didn't have an answer.
The Ravens took control early, scoring seven first-half goals, en route to a 10-0 shutout of the Cowgirls.
"It was our first game," said Crook County defender Emma Hehn. "Half of our team is missing from last year, so we have a lot of new players that are just getting into it. I think that they did really well for their first game."
The Ravens took advantage of the Cowgirl inexperience early in the contest as Aspen Jeter scored four consecutive early goals.
Mackenzie Stadler added two more first-half goals, and Averi Hartford scored late in the half, giving the Ravens and insurmountable 7-0 halftime lead.
The Cowgirls made several adjustments at halftime. In addition, the Ravens were content to pass the ball more in the second half, and take fewer shots.
As a result, the second half was better, although the Ravens were still able to score three more goals as Sadie Benz and Carissa Love each scored in the second half and Stadler added her third goal of the contest.
Still, the Cowgirls did play better defense in the second half.
"It got better in the second half," Hehn said. "We were definitely more prepared. We are going to be so much better at the end of the season because this is how it always starts. It's really rough at the beginning of the season and then we build on that the entire year."
With the win, the Ravens improved to 3-0 on the season, while the Cowgirls dropped to 0-1.
The Cowgirls were scheduled to play at Redmond on Thursday. However, as of press time, that match was unlikely to be played.
Three Central Oregon soccer matches were canceled on Tuesday due to smoky conditions, and Crook County was forced to cancel all outdoor practices on Wednesday as the conditions worsened.
"It's pretty tough," Hehn said of the smoky conditions. "I have been having chest problems because of the smoke. I think that it's affecting all of us, and it sucks not having practice."
Games throughout the state have been canceled or postponed due to the extreme smoky conditions, and things don't look like they are going to get better anytime soon.
The Cowgirls have a break following Thursday's scheduled match as they don't play again until Tuesday, Sept. 19, when they are scheduled to host Estacada, who has not played yet as their first match was canceled due to the smoke, in a 4 p.m. contest.