MHS rides past Rangers
The Madras boys soccer team hosted the Estacada Rangers Oct. 9, and with a big second half, the Buffalos defeat the Rangers 4-0.
During the first 20 minutes of the match, the Buffalos were able to control possession, working hard for shots. Madras was able to get a few shots on goal, but nothing that could get past the Rangers goalie.
Around the 30-minute mark in the first half, junior speedster Leo Gutierrez was able to get past the Estacada defense and find an open teammate in the middle of the goal. Ulysses Ruiz received the pass from Gutierrez and fired a fast shot to the back of the net for a score.
Madras kept control of the ball for most of the latter part of the first half, after the first score of the game, but were unable to score another goal and the Buffs had a 1-0 lead over the Rangers at halftime.
The White Buffalos made some adjustments in the second half and were able to find high quality shots on the Estacada goalie. A few early shots for Madras looked good, but were blocked by the Rangers.
"We just moved players around, to see where they fit best," Rodriguez said about second-half adjustments. "We changed some attacking roles both forward and back. We just changed some roles all around the field."
Less than five minutes into the second half, Tyriek Rodriguez was awarded a free shot. The shot was blocked by the Estacada defense and the ball found its way to Gutierrez, who made a great pass to an open Yehir Aguirre.
Aguirre was wide open, with the Rangers goalie out of position, and was able to get an easy tap-in score, giving Madras a 2-0 lead.
About halfway through the second half, Rodriguez was awarded another free shot about 25 yards away from goal. The shot was high, curving toward the goal, but the ball hit the top of the cross bar and bounced in front of the goal.
A hustling Parks Tolton was able to get to the ball first and make a hard shot that found the back of the net, before the Rangers were even aware of what had just happened.
A few plays later, Madras' Maury Sanchez took a shot that hit a Rangers defender. The ball went straight in the air and Jesus Alonzo tracked it down. Alonzo, one-on-one with the goalie, kicked a low shot that went right past the Estacada goalie to the back of the net.
The Buffalos controlled the rest of the game to seal a 4-0 victory over Estacada. After their win, the Buffs moved to 2-2-1 in the Tri-Valley Conference and now play every Tri-Valley team again.
"We came out with the outcome that we wanted, so that is always good," Rodriguez said. "We didn't play the best and we still have some improvements, but were happy with the win."
Madras has a home game against North Marion (4-0-1 in league play) in a very important Tri-Valley showdown. The Buffs and the Huskies play at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17.
"We are going all the way," Rodriguez said about the last half of league play. "Four years in a row for Tri-Valley League champions. That is where our mindset is at and that is where we are going to finish at. We have to adjust to how teams play on our field and how we play on theirs."
"Against North Marion, we just need to outpace them," he said. "We were the better team last time we played. We did not get the win, but we were the better team than they are. When we are home, we are unstoppable, so I am excited for that game."
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