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White Buffalos unable to sustain defensive performance that held Corbett to one goal

PMG PHOTO: ANDY DIECKHOFF - Madras' Natalie Lockey (14) attempts to control the ball against Gladstone as teammates Heidi Sedano and Sasha Esquiro look on.A difficult Tri-Valley season keeps getting tougher for the Madras girls soccer team, who fell to Gladstone last week in an 8-0 loss at home. It was the fourth time this season that the team has seen its game end due to the OSAA's rule that contests are ended once one team leads by eight goals.

The White Buffalos came into the game with some momentum after holding a highly ranked Corbett team to just one goal on the road. However, old problems on defense crept up again for Madras last week in their matchup against league rivals Gladstone.

The Gladiators got the scoring started less than three minutes after the opening whistle. They nearly doubled the lead a few minutes later, but Madras goalkeeper Simyan David made a heads-up save to keep it 1-0 for the moment.

At roughly the halfway mark of the first half, a misplayed ball by the Madras defense gave Gladstone an easy look at their second goal of the day.

Despite a few more saves from David, the Gladiators pushed through for four goals in three and a half minutes. While it is true that Gladstone controlled the pace and possession, that late flurry of goals erased a mostly good performance for the first half hour. It also gave Gladstone junior Rhyli Grim an early hat-trick.

In the second half, the Gladiators came out on the pitch with a mission to put the game away. They shot early and often on Simyan David's goal looking for a seventh goal, which came in the 52nd minute. That goal was actually deflected in off a Madras defender, though, so it cannot be rightfully credited to the Gladstone offense.

The White Buffalos nearly made it the full 80 minutes, but Gladstone sealed the deal when junior Hanne Hopkins scored her second goal of the game with just ten minutes to play.

With the loss, Madras drops to 1-8 on the season, including an 0-5 mark in the Tri-Valley Conference. The team took the field on Tuesday at Molalla; however, the results of that match were not available at press time. Madras hosts Estacada on Thursday at 4 p.m.


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