Madras keeps postseason hopes alive with win
The girls soccer team beat Corbett 2-0 Oct. 4. The Buffs were able to score one goal in the first half and one goal in the second half.
Briseida Carlon scored both goals for the Buffs. She stole a goal kick and blasted a shot from 22 feet out with around 10 minutes to go in the first half.
The second goal was from a free kick by Erika Olivera. Olivera sent the ball over a Corbett wall and Carlon was there to receive the pass. Off a bouncing soccer ball she scored a left footed volley in the back of the net.
"I don't think we played great," head coach Shawn Darrow said. "We came out flat, but credit to them I was impressed by the way Corbett competed. They continued to fight hard throughout the game."
"We were flat and struggled to get out of it until we scored a goal," he said. "We were able to control the beginning of the second half a little more. We definitely did not have our best showing."
"I am hoping these girls feel the urgency for sure," Darrow said. "We have Gladstone and North Marion at home and we tend to play better at home. Hopefully, that is the case, but we still have things we need to work out. I think the girls know that."
"We have a bad habit of playing to our competition," said Darrow. "Hopefully, with the stronger competition coming up, they will be fired up and ready to go. We are getting some girls back to healthy; they are still working into their soccer legs. We are going to need all these girls to be healthy and be motivated to get results versus the gauntlet that is the next three games."
The Madras White Buffalo girls soccer team beat Estacada Oct. 2, with six different players scoring goals.
"I thought we played well, passed really well this game," coach Shawn Darrow said. "We were able to find a lot of open players. It was cool to get six goals from six different players — lots of contributions all over the place. And it was exciting to see our girls making some really good runs and finding the open player. It will hopefully help us down the road to have some of those girls help us on offense."
Four minutes into the game, Madras scored the first goal of the game. A pass from Erika Olivera to a sprinting Jackie Zamora set up a tough shot. Zamora shot a low kick to the right corner of the goal in front of the Estacada goalie. The goalie missed the kick and the ball rolled past her for a Madras score.
A few minutes later, Audrey Walter, of Estacada, launched a shot from around 35 feet out. The ball soared in the air and floated right over the Madras goalie Cheydon Herkshan. The ball was grazed by the fingertips of Herkshan, but found the back of the net on a beautiful shot.
At 18:10 in the first half, the White Buffalos were able to score another goal. Erika Olivera received a pass from Briseida Carlon in the middle of the field. She dribbled past a defender and buried a shot in the back of the net.
The Buffalos took a 2-1 lead going into halftime.
In the second half, Madras defender, Monika Stacona intercepted a drop kick from the Estacada goalie. Stacona dribbled down the middle of the field, untouched, and made a low shot that bounced off the right bar and in.
Halfway through the second half, Zamora passed the ball to an open Brooke Delamarter, who made an easy shot in the right corner. The Buffs took a 4-1 lead, but Estacada started to come back.
A Ranger free kick set up the second goal of the game for Estacada. A perfect lead pass to a sprinting Walter set up the goal. Walter took a low shot in the left corner of the net, past the diving Madras goalie for a score.
Only a few plays later, Walter stole the ball from a Madras defender and dribbled the ball in the middle of the field. One-on-one with the goalie, she easily tapped the ball in for a score and the Rangers cut down the Buffalos' lead to 4-3.
With around 10 minutes left in the game, Carlon controlled the ball after it bounced off an Estacada defender. She took a shot to the bottom left side of the goal and scored.
Carlon took a another shot a few minutes later, but that time, the Ranger goalie blocked it right into the feet of Jiana Smith-Francis, of Madras. She tapped the ball in and sealed the Buffs' 6-3 win over the Rangers.
"My goal was a good feeling, especially because the girls that scored today do not normally score," Smith-Francis said. "We are usually playing tougher teams, but this was a great opportunity for everyone to work on their shots."
"This game was huge," Darrow said. "We talked about the fact that we went into murderers row in our last three previous games. So we have to get wins against some of the other teams and hopefully get a good result in the other ones. If we really want to have a chance at making the playoffs, we can't make any mistakes as far as results moving forward."
"A big part of it is getting healthy," Darrow said about the second half of league. "Just getting players back and giving teams a different look they haven't seen. We really need to tighten up our defense a little bit. The team will keep working at it and trying different combinations until we get it down. That is our biggest thing; we should not have given up three goals today."
"Scoring goals hasn't been a big issue so far," he said "Hopefully, we can continue to score and get better at defense as we continue."
"This game was really important," said junior Jiana Smith-Francis. "Our coach said we could not lose any more or even tie this game if we want to make it to state."
"I am glad we are halfway through league, because now we know every team's strength and weaknesses," she said. "We will use it to our advantage."