The Madras White Buffalos girls soccer squad scored six goals in a 6-3 win over Junction City Tuesday. They scored five goals and won just one game all last season.
Natalie Lockey scored a hat trick for the Buffs in their season opener, knocking in three goals. Heidi Sedano had two goals, despite playing defense for all but about five minutes of the game. Sophomore Addy Adams also scored her first varsity goal.
"That was exciting," said coach Shawn Darrow on Adams' goal. "Hopefully that's just the start for her."
Sedano and Emily King had strong games on defense, said the coach, and Blanca Bravo stood out as an outside defender.
The White Buffalos were the superior program Tuesday in Junction City. They took the three-goal victory with many key players not with the team.
"We were without three-fifth of our starting defense with Idaly Romero and Sasha Esquiro being gone, along with our goalkeeper, Valerie Alonso," Darrow noted.
Sophomore Roaree Jacobs got the start at goalkeeper for the Buffs and handled it well, said Darrow.
"I think our defense will continue to improve, especially when we are at full strength."
A key element to the scoring burst was the girls being "more calm in front of goal and more offensive-minded in general" than in past seasons, the coach noted. He said the team has emphasized that attitude during practice.
The Buffs host Mt. View in Madras on Thursday, Sept. 9, with the match set to start at 5:30 p.m.
Buff boys cruise
Meanwhile, in Madras Tuesday, the White Buffalo boys bashed the Tigers 8-2.
Sophomore Steve Gonzalez scored a hat trick, making it five goals in two games for him. He also had two assists.
Andres Pineda had a pair of goals and two assists for Madras. Others getting goals included Heber Pineda, Eben Tapia and Brian Reimer.
"I thought we executed the game plan well, with a few hiccups," said coach Clark Jones. "We were faster and more skilled than they were, and it showed. The attacking force — the front four — dominated the match. The defense played well but there were a couple of lapses we need to eliminate in the future."
The win put the Buffs at 2-0 after their opening win against Sisters. The Buffs don't have another game scheduled until Sept. 20 against Estacada, a Tri-Valley Conference matchup.
"It would be nice to have another game before league started, but I don't if it will happen," said Jones.
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