Madras Lady White Buffalos soccer team stunned by Sisters in 2-1 loss, beat 5A Crook County Cowgirls 3-0.

LON AUSTIN - Madras goalie Katie Weygandt dives for a save during the Lady Buffalos' 3-0 win over 5A Crook County Sept. 5.The Madras girls soccer team didn't waste much time getting in the win column after losing their season opener to Sister 2-1. The Lady Buffs traveled to Crook County and beat the Cowgirls 3-0 during their second game of the season.

"I felt like we controlled the game pretty well," head coach Shawn Darrow said. "We had possession almost the entire game. We really strung together some good passing."

Thunderstorms cause a slight delay to the game, but once the game began, Madras came out firing. In the first 10 minutes of the game, Hannah Holliday found an open Briseida Carlon for the first score of the game.

Before halftime ended, the Lady Buffs were able to score one more goal. Madras freshman Natalie Lockey slid to the ball in front of the Crook County net and kicked the ball in, making the score 2-0 at the half.

Another lightning sighting delayed the second half of the game. Soon, the Lady Buffs scored again. A cross pass from Naomi DeAnda to a sprinting Carlon, set up the second goal for Carlon and the third goal for Madras.

The game was soon called because of the lightning storm and the Lady Buffs came away with a 3-0 win over the Cowgirls.

STEELE HAUGEN - Naomi DeAnda kicks the ball past a Sisters player. The Lady Buffs lost 2-1 to the Outlaws Sept. 3, and beat Crook County 3-0 Sept. 5."I felt like we really controlled the ball well, even better than in the past," Darrow said. "It was nice to see different girls step into different roles on offense and provide a spark. Naomi (DeAnda) really figured it out in the second half, getting some good cross in. Hannah linked up good with Briseida; Natalie played the ball really good."

"We did better keeping our shape and staying in open area, setting up our teammates," he said. "It is not always about what you do with the ball, but what you do without the ball. The girls did a much better job about getting to open space, which is why we were able to pass the ball around."

The Lady Buffs travel to Mazama (0-1), taking on the Vikings at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19.

"Mazama is going to be a long trip, so we need to be ready for that," Darrow said. "We need to be really strong and work on our communication, making sure we are really attacking the ball on defense. I want to see us be aggressive, move our defense up and really be in attack mode, not just sitting back waiting."

Quick goals helps Sisters beat Lady Buffs in season opener

The Madras girls soccer team was edged out by the Sisters Outlaws 2-1 during the Lady Buffs season opener at home Sept. 3.

The Lady Buffs got off to a great start during the beginning of their 2019 season, as they were able to score the first goal of the game in the first five minutes. Senior captain Kelsey Olivera passed the ball from around midfield to a sprinting Briseida Carlson, another senior captain.

Olivera's pass led Carlon perfectly, and Carlon got to the ball before the Sisters goalkeeper, who was running straight at Carlon. Carlon controlled the ball and shot a low fast shot right to the back of the net, giving the Lady Buffs an early 1-0 lead.

Madras' defense didn't allow clean shots on goal for Sisters and the Lady Buffs received a pair of free kicks. The first, by Carlson, was blocked by a defender and the next, by Olivera, led to a great shot opportunity for Madras.

Olivera's shot was blocked by the Sisters goalie, who couldn't control the ball, dropping it in front of a Madras player. The drop led to an open shot, which was wide right.

Around the 22-minute mark in the first half, Sisters was finally able to find an opening in the Lady Buffs' defense. A great lead pass led to an open shot for the Outlaws, but Madras goalie Katie Waygandt dove toward the ball for a save.

Sisters kept up the pressure toward the end of the first half, but there were no threatening shots from the Outlaws. The shots on goal were either defended and disrupted by senior defender Jiana Smith-Francis or easily blocked by Waygandt.

The clock hit zero, signaling the end of the first half and Madras went into the midway break with a 1-0 lead.

STEELE HAUGEN - Isabelle Ludi controls the ball during the Lady Buffs 2-1 loss to Sisters Sept. 3.The second half soon began and Sisters was on the attack. An Outlaw shot was blocked again by Waygandt, but a few plays later, the Outlaws were awarded a penalty kick.

The penalty kick was nearly perfect, as it sailed to the top left corner of the net, not allowing Waygandt a chance to block the shot. Sisters tied the game at 1-1 around the 34-minute mark in the second half.

Sisters soon became energized by their first goal of the season and their momentum took the Lady Buffs by surprise. Less than a minute later, a pass went right in front of the Madras net and Hollie Lewis took the shot and scored for the Outlaws.

Sisters quickly took a 2-1 lead after being down almost the entire first half.

Around the 26-minute mark in the second half, Madras had several corner kick opportunities. Two of the kicks led to close headers, that were off the mark for the Buffs and one kick led to a shot by Brooke Delamarter, which was blocked by the Sisters goalie.

At the 16-minute mark, a penalty kick was awarded to Madras' Carlon. Carlon lined up for the penalty kick and took the shot, but the ball sailed too high and Sisters still held on to a small lead.

During the last 14 minutes of the game, Madras picked up their pressure and intensity on offense, desperate to score. A shot by freshman Natalie Lockey and senior Carlon were both blocked by Sisters.

As the game was nearing the end, the Buffs had a few more chances to score with a pair of corner kicks. Madras couldn't capitalize on the corner kicks and the Outlaws managed to beat the Lady Buffs 2-1.

You count on us to stay informed and we depend on you to fund our efforts. Quality local journalism takes time and money. Please support us to protect the future of community journalism.