Girls soccer team grabs first Intermountain Conference victory
- Dhyana Kearly
- Central Oregonian - Sports
>Cowgirls take down Pendleton in grand fashion for IMC winIn a trip which included watching the Cowboy football game in Pendleton Friday night, Jenni Evans and Ashley Miner each contributed four goals for Crook County over the course of a pair of Intermountain Conference games Friday and Saturday.
The Cowgirls were stopped short of a win after taking a 1-0 lead to Hermiston Friday, falling to the Bulldogs 4-2.
On Saturday, Crook County scored its first IMC victory of the year, a 9-2 goalfest versus Pendleton.
With the split decision in eastern Oregon, the Cowgirls sit at 3-4 overall and 1-4 in the IMC.
In game one, Shyla Hargrave drilled a shot from outside into the net just one minute before halftime to give Crook County the 1-0 lead.
The goal was assisted by Evans and Miner. Hermiston tied the game and then went ahead with back-to-back goals just 4:23 into the second half.
The Cowgirls responded with a score by Evans into the right corner of the goals on a Miner cross, but the Bulldogs scored twice within the last 17 minutes of the game to make the lead stick.
Despite the setback, CCHS head coach Kim Kambak pointed out several strong points in the Cowgirls' effort.
"Our kids played their game," Kambak said. "They controlled the middle. We had great throw-ins. We played triangle soccer..."
On Saturday, it didn't take long for Crook County to find the net. In less than the time it takes to watch a commercial break on television, Evans notched a goal on an assist by Hargrave just 53 seconds in.
The Cowgirls stormed out to a 5-1 lead after the first half on two goals by Evans, two by Miner and one by Hargrave. Pendleton came within three, 5-2, just six minutes into the second half, but Crook County responded in grand fashion with two more scores from Miner, one more from Evans and one unassisted by Andrea Meadows.
Kambak said the dominant win against Pendleton gives her team a boost of confidence.
"They know that they can finish the ball. They also know that if they keep their composure, it's an easy game," she said.