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Boys soccer team kicks off last week of shortened season with a 4-3 win over visiting Madison Monday

Chalk one up for this young Canby boys soccer team.

The Cougars got their first win of the season Monday, outlasting Madison 4-3 in a non-league tilt in Canby.

Canby (0-6, 1-9) not only got its first win of this shortened season, but netted more goals in this match than it had in the nine previous.

"Overall, it was a great response from the team after two tough games last week where we had a short roster and were missing both our goalkeepers," coach Ryan McCormack said.

COURTESY PHOTO: RYAN MCCORMACK - The Canby boys soccer team got its first win of the season Monday, defeating Madison by a 4-3 count.

Madison opened the scoring in the eighth minute after a defensive error on Canby's part, but that lead lasted less than a minute.

"Sophomore Cristobal Esquivel scored an amazing goal," McCormack said. "Sean Gearheart played a ball to Esquivel in the corner, he then dribbled past his man and hit a long curving shot to the far post from the side of the penalty box."

Canby went ahead later in the first half when Gearheart earned a penalty kick. Cristian Sanchez's initial PK effort was saved, but he got on the end of the rebound and put it into the net for a 2-1 lead at halftime.

"In the second half, Madison tied the game at 2-2 on a free kick from just outside the box," McCormack said. "Then, in the 66th minute, Vladimir Bernal Lopez put a through ball to Esquivel, who finished at the far post for his second of the game."

Canby would get a two-goal margin three minutes later when Heladio Vera found Bernal Lopez at the top of the box and he curved a shot to the far post for a 4-2 lead. Madison would score with nine minute left to draw within one at 4-3, but Canby would hold on for the win.

"Our defense held strong to run out the clock," McCormack said. "Junior goalkeeper Devin Richey had his best game in net to date and really kept us in the game at different moments."

With their first win in the bag, the Cougars look to the final match of the season, a non-leaguer at McMinnville Wednesday night.

"We had a lot of standout performances across the board, and we're playing some of our best soccer with this young group at the end of the season, which bodes well for the next few years," McCormack said. "We're hoping to continue with the positive momentum going into Wednesday's game at McMinnville."

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