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Madras High School White Buffalos soccer squad beats Corbett Cardinals 4-3, loses to North Marion 2-0.

PHILLIP HAWKINS - Yehir Rodriguez passes the ball through a pair of North Marion defenders.The Madras boys soccer team traveled to North Marion Sept. 25, and lost to the rival Huskies 2-0.

"We got together and talked about some things, worked on a few things before the game Wednesday and honestly, even though we lost to North Marion, it's just a really tough place to play with the way their field is set up," head coach Clark Jones said. "It is different than everywhere else is and if you don't play there all the time, it is hard to be competitive."

"It was closer than the 2-0 score," he said. "We came really close to scoring several times. Our defense played well, midfield played really well. We liked the way we looked and I think we will like it even better on a bigger field. I think we are faster, more talented and I know we are deeper. Now we are waiting for a couple weeks, so we can get them again."

North Marion played in the state championship game during the 2018 season, but the Huskies lost to Woodburn, placing second. Madras played Woodburn in the semifinals and also lost to Woodburn placing third at state. The White Buffalos were also the Tri-Valley League champions over North Marion last season.

"I have known their coach for 10 years and he is a really crafty guy," Jones said. "He usually comes up with a really good formula and has competitive teams. The other thing people need to realize is that was a second-place team playing the third-place team, as of last year. If we match up that well, to me it is a pretty good sign. We came away from it with our heads high and our experienced kids know what it is like to play there and everything has to go right to get a good result."

The boys also had a home game against Corbett Sept. 23, and beat the Cardinals in a close 4-3 game.

Madras was able to use good offense and passing to create open goals, but struggled on the defensive side of the ball.

"I think this was a game that we actually worked harder than we needed to to win," Jones said. "It was closer than it actually was in terms of possession. We gave up some easy goals and when you give up easy goals, it makes everything harder. In the end, it was skill and conditioning that made the difference. They were short-handed and we had enough people on the bench and we were able to run away from that at the end."

Franklin Pineda, Leo Guttierrez, Javier Sedano, and Isarael Penaloza were all able to score for the White Buffalos. Guttierrez and Sedano both had two assists each in the game.

"When you have midfielders making assists, basically, they are assisting the other midfielders or forwards on either side and It usually ends up being a good combination," Jones said. "I liked the scoring, it looked really good. I thought we would score four or five goals; I just didn't think we would give up three."

"There was a few distractions going on this week, with homecoming and I also think the team underestimated them (Corbett)," he said. "They have two really good players, they played and were able to find some of our weaknesses, so hats off to them."

Madras travels to Molalla at 4:30 p.m. Thursday. Oct 3. The White Buffalos have a home game against the Estacada Rangers at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9.

"We don't need to adjust anything, we just need to play our game and do what we do consistently," Jones said about the first part of league play. "The other thing we need to do is communicate better on defense, which was a weakness when we played Corbett. We have had pretty good luck at Molalla these last few years. They have a very similar size field with us, so besides home fans, it is a field where we can use our strengths."

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