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Madras White Buffalos girls soccer team takes early lead, but loses 4-1 in postseason.

STEELE HAUGEN - Gigi Albarran kicks the ball in this file photo. The Buffs lost 4-1 to Henley during a play-in game Oct. 26.The Madras girls soccer team made it to the postseason for the second year in a row, but lost to Henley 4-1 in their play-in game.

The White Buffalos' much improved program made the postseason last year, which was the first time since the 2003 season. A 3-0 victory over Estacada earned the team another postseason game.

In the 13th minute, the Buffs took a 1-0 lead. Senior Jackie Zamora put the ball in the corner of the net, giving Madras an early lead.

"Erika (Olivera) played the ball upfront and Jackie and Briseida (Carlon) made a nice wall pass play," head coach Shawn Darrow said. "Jackie ended up getting free and knocking it in."

Around the 23rd minute, Henley tied the game at 1-1 and scored another goal before halftime. A free kick that was initially ruled for Madras was changed. The Hornets took a 2-1 lead at halftime.

Henley was able to take control of the game and score two more goals on the Buffs for a 4-1 victory Oct. 26.

"They were a pretty strong team," Darrow said. "Their field was giant and they knew how to use that to their advantage. They had a lot of speed on the outside and sent in some really good cross passes. Henley would flood the middle and were really good at spreading us out and using the full width of the field."

"I thought we played pretty well," he said. "Especially considering being without our starting keeper and sweeper. It was tough for us to adjust to. I felt like Jiana (Smith-Francis) played well as our sweeper, but we could have used her more at midfield. They were really good wide, but not as good in the middle, so we really missed another strong midfielder to be able to play some of those."

The White Buffalos finished with a 7-7-1 overall record, 4-5-1 in league and had nine seniors on the team.

"Of course I wish we would have made it a little further," said Darrow. "I told the seniors they have left this program better than when they came in. I hope to see continued growth as far as numbers and get more numbers at the middle school level, so we can keep a consistent Madras girls soccer team that is competitive and playing with some of these better teams — especially with a league as tough as ours."

"It was a crazy, roller-coaster season with lots of high points to start, then we hit a bit of a lull and by the end of the season, we were battling some injuries," Darrow said. "The thing I am most proud of is just seeing how many girls we had all the way up to the end of the season. To end the season with 40 girls is pretty remarkable."

"I think that is a testament to the senior girls we had in this program," he said. "The four-year seniors were Jackie, Erika and Jalaney (Suppah). A lot of players looked up to them and wanted to play with them. It was rewarding to see us make the play-in game two seasons in a row. I am proud of that."STEELE HAUGEN - Jiana Smith-Francis throws in the ball in the file photo.

Estacada win

The Madras girls soccer team made the postseason after defeating Estacada 3-0 on Oct. 25. The Buffs finished the regular season with a 7-6-1 overall record.

Madras was able to strike first and take a 1-0 lead. Jackie Zamora outran the Rangers' defense and blasted a shot right past the goalkeeper.

"She was able to outrun them by a mile," head coach Shawn Darrow said. "There wasn't really a defender in sight."

The White Buffalos took a 1-0 lead at halftime.

A few minutes into the second half, Zamora was able to score another goal. Zamora passed the ball to teammate Briseida Carlon, who gave the ball back to Zamora on a give and go.

Zamora ran past the defenders and scored on a shot to the top of the net.

"That second goal scored was huge," Darrow said. "It really just broke their hopes going into the rest of the game. The pass back to Jackie from Briseida was perfect."

Erika Olivera was able to score on a deep shot from the left side of the field. The ball curved right into the back of the net, put in a spot that could not be blocked.

"Erika's shot was phenomenal," said Darrow. "It was across the field and we had girls there in position, so we were in a good spot."

The White Buffalos were a little short-handed with some injuries, but still held Estacada scoreless and came away with a 3-0 victory.

"We were without three-fifths of our starting defense, so there was some definite adjustment and girls were put into positions they were not used to playing," Darrow said. "They stepped up really well. The added depth this year has made a huge difference for us — having girls step in and fill those voids."

"They did a really good job," he said. "We moved Jiana (Smith-Francis) to sweeper and it was her first time starting there. She played exceptionally. That was only our second clean sheet of the season, which is interesting considering the circumstances."

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