Madras water polo hosts big tournament
The Madras water polo team won its first match of the season against Redmond as it hosted nine teams during a tournament in Madras Sept. 27-28.
Madras played Redmond in their first match of the day and was down 2-0 early to the Panthers. In the second quarter, Greyson Dominguez scored two goals and Lane Downing found the back of the net for the White Buffalos.
Madras' defense didn't allow any goals in the second quarter and Madras had a 3-2 lead.
The third quarter was a shootout, as Redmond was able to score four goals in the quarter. The Buffs scored three on made shots by Dominguez, Downing and Isaiah Toomey. The score was tied 6-6 heading into the final quarter of play.
Dominguez and Downing both scored in the last quarter and the Buffalo defense held the Redmond Panthers to one goal in the quarter, helping Madras beat Redmond 8-7.
Water with Willamette
Madras played Willamette in their second match and were unable to come away with a victory, losing 14-7.
Toomey was able to score a goal for the Buffs in the first quarter, but Willamette ended the first quarter with 6. The second quarter was much closer as Dominguez scored two goals and Downing one, but the Buffalos trailed 10-4.
Willamette only outscored Madras by one point in the second half, but Madras fell 14-7.
In the third match of the day for the Buffalos on Saturday, Sept. 28, Madras couldn't keep up with Mountain View. The Mountain View Cougars scored nine goals at halftime compared to one goal scored by Downing for Madras.
The White Buffalos and Cougars both only scored one goal in the second half and Mountain View was able to defeat Madras 10-2.
Slippery South Salem
The last match of the day saw Madras take a lead over South Salem at halftime, but South Salem was able to outscore the Buffalos 5-2 in the last quarter to help seal a victory.
Dominguez (2), Dowing and Jordan Piercy all scored in the first quarter of the match for Madras. Dominguez scored one more in the second quarter and the Buffs had a 5-4 lead.
Madras scored two goals in the third quarter, but South Salem scored three, tying the match at 7-7. The Buffalos couldn't outscore South Salem in the last quarter and just fell short in their final match of the tournament.
"The kids played great at the tournament this weekend," head water polo coach Eric Bostard said. "We beat Redmond and the last time we played Redmond, we lost, so the team was pretty pumped up about that. We also had a lead against South Salem for a bit and then at the end, we made a couple mistakes which costs us the game, which is a bummer, but they still played really amazing."
Tie with Ravens
The Buffalos also played Ridgeview High Sept. 24, tying the Ravens 8-8. The scoreboard originally had Madras winning 9-8, but after reviewing the score sheet, officials came to the conclusion that the game was a tie.
"It wasn't a win, but I will take the tie," Bostard said. "Hopefully, we will play them again and see how it works out the second time around."
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