Second-half flurry comes up empty for Rangers
4A GIRLS SOCCER
The Estacada girls soccer team played its closest match of the league season last Wednesday, but still came up on the short end of a 4-0 result in a home loss to Madras.
After surrendering a pair of first-half goals, the Rangers tried to climb back into contention by putting heavy pressure on the Madras net early in the second half.
The Rangers had trouble putting shots on frame, until Katie Willis created the team's best chance of the night in the 48th minute when she stepped in front of a Madras pass along the sideline and flowed action into the attacking zone.
A quick ball ahead to Audrey Walter drew a double team and pulled the Madras goalie off the line. A pass across to Hayven Richardson ended up with a good look at the goal only to have the shot deflect wide of the near post.
A few minutes later, Richardson won a ball in the corner and gained space from her defender to play a ball back to Willis, who hit a high ball on target only to see the Madras goalie make the save.
Estacada's final chance in the flurry came when Walter swiped a steal out of the midfield and dribbled 20 yards on a breakaway before launching a shot a few strides outside the 18-yard box. The ball ricocheted off two Madras players and went off target.
Madras netted two goals over the final 25 minutes to put the match out of reach.
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This story is slated for our Oct. 17, print edition.
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