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White Buffs keep CC winless; Chicuellar scores on a header and Amaya puts in the second goal as the Buffs win 2-1

TONY AHERN  - Gaby Chicuellar, 16, is congratulated by Natalie Lockey after Chicuellar's header tied the game with Crook County at 1-1. Other Buffs happy with the score are Addy Adams, 22, and Diamond Amaya. Amaya scored the Buffs' second goal in the 2-1 victory Oct. 4.    The Madras girls soccer squad got its first league win of the season Tuesday with a 2-1 victory over Crook County.

The Cowgirls, who haven't won a game this season, were primed to upset the homestanding White Buffalos, especially after scoring the first goal of the game. Emily Ruiz battled for a corner kick and knocked one in early in the first half.

Madras would get the equalizer on their own corner kick several minutes later. Hannah Pope put a fantastic kick in from the corner and Gaby Chicuellar headed the ball into the net.

"I'm excited for Gaby as this is her second goal in the last three games. Her goal against The Dalles was her first varsity goal ever. I was also really happy that we finally got a head on a corner kick! It is something we have worked on a lot in practice and it finally happened," said Buffalo coach Shawn Darrow.

Minutes later, Diamond Amaya punched in a goal on an assist from Natalie Lockey, and Madras had the 2-1 lead.

In the second half, Madras had a couple of scoring opportunities as the speedy Addy Adams got free for a couple of shots, but she couldn't convert as the Cowgirls worked hard to defend her. Amaya also had a nice second half shot that went over the goalkeeper's head but just missed right.

Crook County controlled time of possession better in the second half, but never got a great shot off. Sophomore Hailee Kathrein has been moved to goalkeeper for Madras and has impressed her coach.

"Hailee is the new goalkeeper for the year and she has done an amazing job already. I think she has potential to really be great there as she gets more experience," said Darrow. "Her attitude about playing in there has been great and she is fearless."

Darrow said the game should have been won more comfortably by the Buffs.

"We got tested more than we should have defensively and wasted several opportunities," said the coach. "The most positive things I can take away is not hanging our heads after getting scored on. Going back and getting two goals before the end of the half was huge for us."

Darrow wants to see his squad improve on finishing offensive opportunities.

"We need to finish better and be more creative in our attack. In this game and the Molalla game, our undoing has been our finishing. We should have had a handful more goals than we did in the last two games but are just struggling on the final piece of the play."

Avoiding defensive lapses will also be a focus.

"We can't have that if we want to beat other teams in our league. I think we have the capability to win multiple more games this year, we just have to play to that capability," said Darrow.

The Buffs' next game is at Estacada at Tuesday, Oct. 11. The win over Crook put Madras at 2-4-1 for the season, 1-3-1 in Tri-Valley Conference play.

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