n Crook County rolls to a 14-2 victory over La Pine to claim their first win of the year

by: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Zane Abrams (24) drives the ball past a La Pine defender for Crook County’s third goal of the match. The Cowboys went on to take a 14-2 victory while Abrams finished with four goals.

After failing to score a goal in either of their first two matches, the Crook County High School boys soccer team switched their offense into high gear on Tuesday.
   The Cowboys were firing on all cylinders as they rolled to a 14-2 win over the La Pine Hawks.
   “Our teammates worked well together and everyone on the team was doing a great job,” said freshman Diego Nunez, who scored four goals in the match.
   Christian Hernandez opened the scoring for Crook County less than a minute into the match. Nunez scored his first goal less than two minutes later.
   Twenty minutes into the match, the Cowboys struck again as Zane Abrams scored the first of his four goals.
   Nunez scored again on a penalty kick with 8:30 left in the half to push the score to 4-0.
   La Pine finally scored their first goal with less than three minutes left in the half as a long pass got behind the Crook County defense.
   However, the Cowboys quickly answered with Alonzo Lopez scoring off a corner kick with just over a minute left in the half.
   “The second half is a completely different half,” senior Gabriel Heath warned the team at halftime. “You guys have to play harder. It’s 0-0 right now.”
   The Cowboys did exactly that, scoring nine second-half goals en route to the easy victory.
   Although Nunez and Abrams scored four goals apiece, they were not the only Crook County players to have outstanding offensive games.
   Hernandez finished with three goals, while Lopez added two, and Johnny Toledo added a goal.
   “I’m so happy for the kids,” said head coach Joel Carrillo. “They needed that kind of game to motivate themselves.”
   The Cowboys, who had lost their first two games by a combined 21-0, know how it feels to come out on the short end of a blowout game, and Carrillo was pleased with how the Cowboys responded once they had a lead.
   “They know how it feels when they lose games,” he said. “Right now, they have the opportunity to win the game, but they still showed respect for the other team even while they are winning.”
   With the victory, the Cowboys raised their record to 1-2 on the season while the Hawks fell to 0-1.
   The Cowboys opened Intermountain Hybrid Conference play on Thursday with a match against Mountain View.
   “Mountain View is a pretty good team,” Carrillo said. “But we want to play hard teams because then the team learns more about soccer.”
   Things don’t get any easier for the Cowboys next week. The team will host the Bend Lava Bears on Tuesday, then go on the road to take on the Redmond Panthers on Thursday. Both matches are scheduled for 3 p.m.
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