The Madras High School boys soccer team hosted the North Marion Huskies Oct. 17, falling short in a 3-1 loss to the Tri-Valley Conference league leader, North Marion.
After the loss, Madras moved to 6-3-2 overall and 3-3-1 in league play. Molalla and North Marion are leading the Tri-Valley Conference with 5-0-2 league records, as of the morning of Monday, Oct. 28. They tied in both games, 1-1 in the two games they played against each other this season.
The Huskies were able to get a goal in the first three minutes of the game. A scramble for the ball in front of the Madras goal led to a North Marion score.
"This is one of those games where you go and try to control as many things as you can and I felt like we controlled a lot of different things, but there are a few things you can't control," head coach Clark Jones said. "One of those things is luck and the first goal they had was just a lucky goal. The other one is, we had some people injured and were missing some players. We were a little light, so our bench wasn't as deep as it has been in the past."
Madras and North Marion were both battling to score after the quick Huskie score at the start of the game, but neither team was finding success. With around six minutes left in the half, a Madras pass in front of the North Marion goal was deflected by the Huskie goalie. The ball traveled through the air right to Javier Sedano.
Sedano kicked the ball out of mid-air right past the North Marion goalie for a score. Confusion soon struck as the ball was not being placed back to the middle of the field, which always happens right away after a goal.
The referees huddled up for a long discussion to talk about the Madras score. After several minutes of talking amongst themselves, the referees decided that the White Buffalos were offsides and the goal would not count.
Madras was able to get an open shot on goal toward the end of the first half, passing to an open Omar Diaz. Diaz sneaked past the Huskies defense for an open shot on goal. The shot was at a tough angle and the shot was just wide.
Madras went into halftime down 0-1 to the North Marion Huskies.
The start of the second half was very even between both teams and the first 15 minutes was a stalemate.
North Marion was awarded a penalty kick on the left side of the Madras goal, around 40 feet away. The kick was powerful and accurate, curving straight toward the net. White Buffalo defender Manny Flores jumped in the air and headed the ball into the sky above the goal, making an incredible save for Madras.
With around 17 minutes left in the game, North Marion forward Alexander Perez was able to dribble past the Madras defense for an open shot. The shot was fast and low to the right side of the net and the Huskies took a 2-0 lead over Madras.
With less than 10 minutes left in the game, North Marion was awarded another penalty kick. The kick was kicked hard and low, curving into the back of the net for the Huskies' third score of the game.
"That last free kick they had, that kid hit an excellent shot," said Jones. "I mean you can't take anything away from that one. The other ones were one small mistake and the lucky goal. I thought we did a pretty good job of controlling the game; we just never finished anything and when we did finish something, it got called offsides."
"North Marion is a pretty good team and they are pretty experienced at this kind of game; some of our players aren't," he said. "They are getting it, so hopefully, we can build from this. That is what you have to do with a loss; you have to learn something from it."
The White Buffalos were able to score on a corner kick from Tyriek Rodriguez to Flores. The pass traveled to the far side of the goal, where Flores was able to kick the ball in for the score.
The game ended soon after the White Buffalos score and Madras lost to North Marion 3-1.
The Buffs also played at Corbett Oct. 15, coming away with a 2-0 victory over the Cardinals.
Leo Guttierez scored a goal for the White Buffalos in the first half and Madras took a 1-0 lead at the midway break.
Franklin Pineda was the only White Buffalo who scored a goal in the second half and the Buffalos defense shut down the Cardinals for a 2-0 victory. Jesus Alonzo ended the game with the White Buffalos' only assist.
"It is kind of an iffy field and not really the best place to play soccer, but it was better than it has been in the past," Jones said. "We went in and we controlled most of the game. We finished the game with one ref, which was kind of interesting. I have never had that happen in a varsity game before. It was pretty one-sided and a lot of players contributed and a lot of players were able to get playing time. The team looked really strong."
Madras has its senior night against the Molalla Indians on the Madras High School football field, under the lights at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23. They also travel to Estacada, playing the Rangers at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, for the Buffs' last regular season game of the year.
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