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The White Buffalos were without three key starters, including two defenders

ANDY DIECKHOFF/MADRAS PIONEER - Senior captain Brooke Delamarter (7) is a vocal leader on the team and anchors the Madras back line.The Madras girls soccer team suffered another setback on Tuesday, losing 8-0 in a non-league match on the road to Caldera. The Wolfpack scored early and often as the Buffs tried to adjust to being without three key players. The loss puts Madras at 1-2-0 on the season.

Caldera, the new 6A school in Bend, is only playing junior varsity this season, as the school only has ninth- and tenth-graders at this point. The school will add junior and senior classes in the coming years, but for now, their JV team is playing against varsity squads from lower divisions, such as 4A Madras.

"They definitely did not feel like a JV team," said Madras head coach Shawn Darrow. "They had the ball most of the game."

Caldera scored four goals in the first half against the White Buffalos and then added another four in the first twenty minutes of the second half. If eight goals weren't enough to indicate that Caldera is very offensive-minded, Darrow noted that the Wolfpack were whistled for offsides more than a dozen times in the first half.

"They made great adjustments," Darrow continued. "They are young but much more experienced than our team. Most of their players are club players." Darrow has mentioned in the past that virtually none of the girls on the Madras team play organized soccer outside of the high school.

It did not help the Buffs that they were without two seniors, Yienesis Cruz and Isabelle Ludi, who were out due to concussions sustained in previous games. Idaly Romero, who has been praised by Darrow for her improvement so far this season, also missed the game due to injury. The coach noted that Ludi should be back for Thursday's game against Redmond, while Cruz and Romero will be back the following week if all goes to plan.

While all three are expected back soon, the team certainly missed each of them in the starting lineup.

"Having three starters out, two of them defenders, makes it much tougher to compete," said Darrow, "but we are learning and growing every day."

ANDY DIECKHOFF/MADRAS PIONEER - Despite the final score, head coach Shawn Darrow was pleased with how his goalkeepers played on Tuesday.As for the players who were on the field, Darrow was still encouraged by what he saw despite the final scoreline. The coach said he was pleased with how the team incorporated new concepts that were introduced in practice this week and also praised the performance of his goalkeepers. The team has rotated goalies in each of its first three games, with senior Simyan David logging the most minutes so far. Heidi Sedano, Diamond Amaya and Emily King have also seen time in the net.

"I thought all of our keepers showed up well," he said, referring to David, Sedano and Amaya, who played in goal against Caldera. "All three came out well and made some great saves."

The Buffs' season continues Thursday night in Redmond, as Madras takes on the Panthers in the final non-league game of the season. The game kicks off at 6 p.m. on the soccer field at Redmond High School.

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