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White Buffalos score seven first-half goals in 9-1 Tri-Valley Conference win at Crook County

The Madras White Buffalos scored early and often as they cruised past the Crook County Cowboys in a 9-1 romp Tuesday afternoon in a TLON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Vicente Ramirez, in white, pushes the ball up the sideline past Madras defender Yehir Aguirre. Although Ramirez was able to control the ball, the White Buffalos controlled the match, taking a 9-1 victory. ri-Valley Conference boys soccer match held in Prineville.

"We came in and we did what we needed to do," Madras head coach Clark Jones said following the match.

Madras controlled the ball from the opening whistle, consistently pushing action into the Crook County side of the field.

The White Buffalos utilized the entire field and used crisp passes to find holes in the Crook County defense.

"We didn't bring our game," Crook County head coach Jeremy Logan said. "The guys didn't really have their heads in the game for soccer. Every time we play Madras, we get into that head game."

With the Cowboys chasing the ball, Madras patiently waited for a Crook County defender to get out of position, then took advantage of the situation, passing the ball to the front of the goal.

Jonathan Reynoso and Leo Gutierrez each scored three goals while Andres Acuna added two goals for the White Buffalos in the romp.

Initially the Cowboys withstood the onslaught, but it wasn't long before the White Buffalos broke into the scoring column.

Madras passed a ball toward the left side of the Cowboy goal, and Tyler Lockey used his 6-4 frame to great advantage, leaping high above the Crook County defenders, heading the ball into the goal 12 minutes into the match.

Five minutes later, the White Buffalos broke through again as Acuna scored on a rebound off of a corner kick.

Midway through the first half, Reynoso scored his first goal, blasting the ball past Crook County goalkeeper Mitchell Bennett.

With 17 minutes remaining in the first half, Acuna scored his second goal of the match, giving the White Buffalos a 4-0 lead.

Three minutes later, Reynoso scored again as the White Buffalos extended their lead to 5-0.

Gutierrez scored the first of his three goals minutes later, then scored again just before the half on a corner kick.

Gutierrez kicked the ball in a high curving arc toward the Crook County goal.

As Crook County defenders and Madras forwards rushed toward the ball, Bennett leaped into the air and had both hands on the ball. However, Gutierrez's kick was too hot to handle, and it went through Bennett's hands and into the back of the net.

"Every game you have to come on the field ready and prepared," Gutierrez said of the White Buffalo effort. "We try out best every time. We push up the field — push wide, and then our goals come from there."

The two teams went into the half with Madras holding an insurmountable 7-0 lead.

"Everybody got a lot of minutes," Jones said. "There is a kind of flow that you get into, and the goal for us is to make sure that we have a flow even in the tough games. There is a rhythm to how we play, and that's what we worked on here."

The second half, Madras continued to make long runs down the sideline. However, the Cowboys didLON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Elias Villagomez pushes the ball past a pair of Madras defenders during the first half of the Cowboys' loss to the White Buffalos on Tuesday. Villagomez had an assist on the lone Crook County goal in the match. a better job of protecting their goal.

With the White Buffalos no longer finding the back of the goal, the Cowboys began to counterattack, and finally broke into the scoring column 13 minutes into the second half as Elias Villagomez centered the ball to Moses Freauff, who found the back of the goal.

"We changed some people around at halftime and put Moses up front," Logan said. "I should have done that sooner in the first half, but I didn't."

The Crook County goal seemed to fire up the White Buffalos as they once again began to pepper the Crook County goal with shots.

Gutierrez scored his third consecutive goal for the White Buffalos just two minutes after Freauff's goal, extending the Madras lead to 8-1.

That's the way the score stayed until the closing minutes of the contest, when Reynoso got behind the Crook County defense and then beat a diving Bennett to the ball.

With Bennett on the ground, Reynoso waited until he was just inches from the front of the goal before gently pushing the ball into the net for the final score.

"You work on communication," Jones said of the White Buffalo plan coming into the match. "You work on passing the ball and spreading the field. I don't want to take anything away from Crook County. Our goal was not to come in here and beat them up, but our goal was to come in here and work on what we needed to do."

Logan was disappointed in his team's showing against the White Buffalos.

"We had some forward momentum working across the field ourselves coming into the match, but we weren't able to maintain it tonight," Logan added. "We thought we were going to be a little better than we were since they've tied Gladstone and Molalla and we were able to play with (those teams)."

Still, the Cowboys did show improvement in the second half.

"We had some problems passing the ball in the first half," defender Alex Freauff said. "We didn't do a very good job of passing the ball, but the way we played in the second half was pretty good."

With the win, the White Buffalos improved to 3-0-2 in Tri-Valley Conference action and 6-0-2 overall, while the Cowboys fell to 0-4-1 in league and 1-5-1 overall.

The White Buffalos are on the road again on Tuesday against the Estacada Rangers, 0-3-2, 2-5-2, while the Cowboys host Corbett, 1-3-1. 3-4-1.

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