Bend rolls out to 5-0 halftime lead then coasts to 8-0 victory

by: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Diego Nunez takes a direct free kick during the Cowboys loss to the Bend Lava Bears on Tuesday. Bend goalkeeper Tony Watters made a diving stop on the play as Bend won 8-0.

The Bend Lava Bears rolled to a 5-0 halftime lead Tuesday afternoon as they overwhelmed the Crook County Cowboys 8-0 in Intermountain Hybrid Conference soccer action.
   “I told my kids after the match that they are too nice,” head coach Joel Carrillo said. “They let the other kids push them and they don’t respond. They move out of the way instead of responding when the opponent is pressuring them. They need to learn to use their bodies.”
   Still, the match was an improvement from a 13-0 loss to Mountain View on Thursday. Although the Cowboys still struggled defensively, their offensive attack looked much stronger. The team had three good scoring chances and received praise from Bend head coach Nils Eriksson.
   “I thought they had two or three players up front that did a real good job,” he said of the Cowboys. “When they got the ball up front they had a couple of chances, they just don’t have enough players to fill the whole field.”
   Alonzo Lopez had one of the Cowboy scoring opportunities early in the second half. However, Bend goalkeeper Tony Watters was able to deflect the ball away.
   Diego Nunez had the other two Crook County scoring opportunities.
   Midway through the first half, Nunez slipped past the Bend defense and put the ball in the back of the goal. However, the goal was disallowed on an offside call. Then 20 minutes into the second half Zane Abrams broke free and took a shot on goal. The ball ricocheted off the cross bar, but a Bend player was called for a foul for grabbing Abrams’ jersey just outside of the penalty box.
   Nunez then took the direct free kick and blasted the ball to the corner of the goal. However, Watters made a spectacular diving stop and the Bend shutout was preserved.
   Scott Bracci opened the scoring for the Lava Bears, who scored four times in the game’s first 15 minutes. Bracci and Juan Serrano each finished with a pair of goals while Steven Daugherty, Josh Woodland, Jaired Rodmaker, and Edgar Lemus each scored a goal for the Lava Bears. Zach Hite also had a solid match for the Lava Bears, finishing with a pair of assists in the match.
   Once they had the lead, the Lava Bears spent the remainder of the match working on their passing and combination attack.
   “We were working on trying to do things correctly,” Eriksson said. “But sometimes we kind of broke down and it got a little sloppy. I would have liked the passes to be a little more crisp and to the target.”
   With the loss, Crook County fell to 1-4 on the season while the Lava Bears ran their record to 2-3-1. Bend has won their last two matches in a row and has moved to ninth in the Class 5A power rankings. Meanwhile, the Cowboys, who have only scored in one match so far this year, have dropped to 38th in the latest Class 4A power rankings.
   “We have to go back to practice and try to fix our mistakes and keep learning,” Carrillo said. “That’s important for these kids.”
   Crook County was scheduled to play at Redmond on Thursday then are on the road again Tuesday when they take on Ridgeview (1-2-1) in the first Special District I match of the year. Play is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.
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