Eight Lava Bears score in blowout victory at CCHS

by: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Crook County goalkeeper Megan Malone goes up for a stop during the Cowgirls 11-0 loss to the Bend Lava Bears on Tuesday.

The Crook County Cowgirls took a step backward on Tuesday as they were shut out 11-0 by the Bend Lava Bears in Intermountain Conference Hybrid soccer action.
   “It just wasn’t our best game,” said head coach Rich Abrams. “They’re pretty good. They’re much better than last year, but we didn’t sustain our best game.”
   Alyssa Pease opened the scoring for the Lava Bears four minutes into the match. For the next 15 minutes, Crook County played solid defense and occasionally advanced the ball onto the Bend side of the field.
   However, midway through the half, Bailie Reinwald blasted the ball past Crook County goal keeper Megan Malone and Bend led 2-0.
   For the next several minutes, the Lava Bears went on a scoring blitz as Bend rolled into halftime with a 7-0 lead. The Lava Bears continued to pull away during the second half despite substituting freely.
   Delenay Crook and Cambria Hurd each scored two goals for the Lava Bears while Amidee Colleknon, Hannah Cockrum, Lauren Schweitzer, and Mallory Edmundson each added goals in the victory.
   Crook County, which is struggling with injuries, looked tired late in the first half and looked sluggish late in the match.
   “We’ve had a lot of players with injuries and illness and we are struggling right now,” Abrams said. “We have had to bring some players up from the JV and we still have just two substitutes.”
   Adding to the Cowgirl woes, Emily Kreachbaum went down with a knee injury during the second half, further depleting the squad’s lineup.
   The win was the third consecutive victory for the Lava Bears who improved to 5-1 on the season. Meanwhile, the Cowgirls fell to 1-3.
   Crook County played at Redmond on Thursday, then is back on the road again Tuesday, Oct. 2, when they take on the Ridgeview Ravens (2-3) in a 4:30 p.m. contest. The match is the first Special District I contest for both teams.
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