Madras blanks Estacada
4A Boys Soccer
|Madras (6-2-1, 3-1-1 TVC)|
|Estacada (0-9, 0-5 TVC)|
Although Estacada is going through some pretty significant growing pains — 10 of their 13 players are either freshmen or sophomores — the Rangers have shown that they can be competitive at times in the gauntlet that is the Tri-Valley Conference.
However, Estacada had no answer for Madras's Andres Acuna.
The senior forward had four goals on the night, including three in the second half, as Madras easily took down the short-handed Rangers by a score of 5-0 on Tuesday night.
"He's a pretty substantial guy who is fast enough to keep people off the ball," Madras head coach Clark Jones said about his star player. "He brings a lot to the table."
For the first 25 minutes of the game, Estacada was able to run with this senior-laden Madras squad. The Rangers did a good job contesting the ball and making the White Buffaloes work for their shots-on-goal. However, with no available subs, Estacada could only keep pace for so long.
In the 26th minute, Madras had a throw-in where Chapin Grote faked like he was going to toss the ball near the sideline, and then hurled it over the heads of the Estacada back line to Tyriek Rodriguez.
Rodriguez took one dribble to his right and then fired one past Rangers goalkeeper Martin Gonzales for the first score of the game.
Less than two minutes later, Madras was on the board yet again.
Acuna got the ball up the left side and was charging towards the net after getting past a slew of Estacada defenders. Gonzalez left his box to try and contest the ball, but Acuna gracefully placed a shot just over the keeper's head and into the corner of the goal, allowing the White Buffaloes to go up 2-0.
"We were playing with 11 guys and no subs, so we just faded after a while," Estacada head coach Jack Carroll said. "We weren't making mental or technical errors, they just had great individual plays where we got beat."
Raymond Garcia and Skyler Ramirez had shots-on-goal for Estacada in the latter stages of the first half, but both attempts were low-percentage looks as the Rangers saw their hopes began to dwindle.
It was clear, however, that Estacada was more concerned with what they were doing on the defensive side with playing the ball through the back line and only having one attacking forward.
Look for extended coverage in the Oct. 11 print edition.