Panthers outscore Cowboys
- Lon Austin
- Central Oregonian - Sports
After playing a strong first half, the Crook County Cowboys faltered in the second half, falling 8-3 to the Redmond Panthers in Intermountain Hybrid Conference soccer action.
>After 2-2 halftime score, Redmond pulls away in second half for 8-3 win
Alonzo Lopez and Diego Nunez each scored goals for the Cowboys in the first half as the two teams battled to a 2-2 tie.
“We were playing really good,” Crook County head coach Joel Carrillo said. “We were playing equal into the second half and then the goalie injured his hand.”
Following the injury, the Cowboy defense faltered as Redmond scored six second-half goals to just one for Crook County.
Zane Abrams scored Crook County’s lone second-half goal in the setback. Abrams also earned assists on both first-half goals.
Daniel Najera and Miseal Correa combined to score all eight goals for the Panthers.
In spite of the loss, Carrillo was still happy with the progress that he is seeing from his team.
“They played really good for most of the game,” he said. “I’m so happy. They are excited about the game and they are developing their skills and progressing. We still have a lot of work to do, but we will keep getting better.”
With the loss, Crook County falls to 1-5 on the season and 0-3 in Intermountain Hybrid Conference play, while Redmond raised its record to 2-5 overall and 1-2 in the Hybrid Conference.
The Cowboys are back in action today at Ridgeview (1-3-1) in what is shaping up as a must win game for both squads. The game is one of just two Special District 1 matchups for the two teams. With both teams near the bottom of the OSAA power rankings, it looks like only the district champion will have any chance of making it to post season play.
Game time is set for 3 p.m.