Cowgirls trail 3-0 at halftime then tire in second half of 8-0 loss

by: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Harli Bowers controls the ball during the first half of the Cowgirls game with the Mountain View Cougars on Thursday. The game was the first Intermountain Conference Hybrid League game of the year for both teams. Mountain View went on to win the game 8-0. The Cowgirls now have a 1-2 record on the year.

The Crook County Cowgirls were competitive for most of the first half, before falling 8-0 to the Mountain View Cougars in Intermountain Conference soccer action.
   “Our defense was way better,” Crook County head coach Rich Abrams said. “They had to work for everything they got.”
   The Cowgirls, who were playing their first home match of the year looked solid for much of the first half.
   Both teams had scoring opportunities early in the game. However, neither team was able to connect. The Cougars were finally able to get on the board nine minutes into the contest. From their neither team was able to score until a second goal slipped past the Cowgirl defenders midway through the period.?The Cougars scored their final goal of the first half with just over five minutes left in the period.
   “My goal for this year was nothing more than to be better than last year,” Abrams told his team at halftime. “Right now you are doing that and you are playing like you have nothing to lose.”
   The Cougars put the game out of reach less than two minutes into the second half when they got behind the Cowgirl defense for a quick goal. Thirty seconds later they scored again.
   Trailing 5-0 the Cowgirl defense stiffened. However, Crook County was able to get only two serious scoring opportunities in the match.
   With the Cougars substituting freely and the Cowgirls suiting just 13 players, Crook County eventually began to look tired. The Cougars added three more goals late in the contest to take the 8-0 victory.
   Still compared to last season when Mountain View finished one game against Crook County with just seven players on the field the game was a marked improvement for the Cowgirls.
   Abrams believes that the team is making steady progress and is especially happy with his team’s improvement on defense.
   “I was pleased because the team stuck with it and played solid defense most of the match,” Abrams said. “If we had played like this in our first match against Stayton I have no doubt that we would have won.”
   Maddy Booster and Courtney Candella each scored three goals while Madie Choffel and Aspen Crew each added a goal for the Cougars who are now 2-2-1. With the loss the Cowgirls fall to 1-2.
   Crook County is back in action today when they host the Bend Lava Bears. Then the team goes back on the road Thursday afternoon for a contest with the Redmond Panthers. Both contests are scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m.
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