MHS boys soccer team physical in 2-0 win to open Tri-Valley match play
When teams go to Estacada to play, they always expect a rowdy, physical game – no matter what sport.
That was no different when the Rangers and Madras White Buffalos boys soccer team took the pitch in the Tri-Valley Conference opener on Thursday in Estacada, which the Buffs won 2-0.
While the Buffs dominated play with a 36-6 advantage in shots, Estacada played its physical style that tested the mettle of the Buffs, coach Clark Jones said.
"It's a tough place to play because they are so physical and push you around," Jones said of Estacada. "But I was pleased with how our guys responded to that."
Madras' Bryan Renteria picked up the Buffs' first goal with around 20 minutes left in the second half.
"Bryan is a real squirmy kind of guy, and he finds himself in front of the net a lot," Jones said. "He knows how to play there and control the ball, and he finds ways to put the ball in the net."
He collected an Oved Felix pass and guided the ball past the Estacada keeper to put the Buffs on the board, and Jones said that could have led to some fireworks not long after the goal.
The physical play reached its peak with an on-field scuffle between a few players from both Estacada and Madras, and after the dust settled and the officials were done issuing yellow cards, Estacada's Anthony Cauich Tuz received his second yellow card of the match, resulting in a soft red card and match expulsion.
Estacada went down to 10 players on the field, and then Gustavo Pacheco added some salt to the Rangers' wound with a goal in the 72nd minute.
"I think Estacada got frustrated after the first goal, and it just kind of took off from there," Jones said. "Having their player sent off was part of it, but I think the real tipping point was that first goal."
Jones praised the play of his defense, saying they made things look easy sometimes with how well they were staying organized.
With senior Robert Reynoso anchoring the back line, center backs Andres Escalante and Omar Dominguez created what amounted to be a nearly impenetrable line of defense.
Jones also singled out the play of sweeper Jose Romero, saying he helped squelch a number of potential Estacada attacks.
While the defense held strong the entire match, the offense took awhile to get going for the Buffs.
"They started to move the ball around, like I expected them to," Jones said of his team. "Once we started doing that, the shots came from everywhere."
While he didn't have an exact count, Jones said around 25 of the team's shots came in the second half, due to the team holding possession and making Estacada's defense work harder than they wanted to.
With the win, the Buffs (1-0-0 TVC, 2-1-0) will take on North Marion in Aurora on Thursday.
Tuesday's match result with Gladstone was unavailable by press time.