Lady Buffalos soccer rises to victory over Rangers
The Madras girls soccer team traveled to Estacada, where the team defeated the Rangers 4-0 Oct. 9.
Madras' Briseida Carlon was able to find the back of the net twice in the first half. Hannah Holiday threw the ball inbounds to Carlon, who was able to get by the Rangers defense for a score.
Later in the first half, Carlon took a hard shot on goal, but the ball bounced off the goal right back to her. She took another hard shot after the rebound and that time made it past the Estacada goalie.
Madras took a 2-0 lead over Estacada at the halfway break.
In the second half, Madras' Jaden Davis scored the first varsity goal of her soccer career. Davis was brought up from junior varsity to play in just one half and made her time at varsity count.
Carlon found Davis for the assist and Madras took a comfortable 3-0 lead.
The Lady Buffalos executed off a corner kick from Carlon to Jiana Smith-Francis, who headed the ball in goal for a score — the second link-up this season on a corner kick to Smith-Francis for a header.
"I felt like our defense held up pretty solid," head girls coach Shawn Darrow said. "We were able to make stops when we needed to, made some good passing and good plays. It was fun to see; it was really a team effort. We moved the ball around really well, which is good for us. Hopefully, it will give us some confidence going into the next round of league."
The Lady Buffalos travel to North Marion to play the Huskies at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17. They host Gladstone Monday, Oct. 21. The Buffs need to be ranked in the top 20 teams in 4A in order to make the postseason. After the Estacada win, Madras moved to No. 22.
"I think we have a good idea on how the teams are going to attack us and how we should attack them," Darrow said. "Hopefully, we can learn from previous mistakes and try and get a win against one of those other four schools that are ahead of us right now. I think we can for sure; we just have to do a couple things a little differently, to shore up a few spots."
"I know that one of the things I realized most with our league is that there is just a lot of speed on some of these teams," he said. "Now we know and these girls have woken up to it a little bit. I think that we will account for it a bit differently and hopefully, be able to get a couple of results our way and sneak our way in (the postseason). We really need a win against one of the four teams ahead of us for sure."
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