Buffs win key soccer match with Rangers
In the Tuesday, Oct. 11 Tri-Valley Conference showdown between its two top boys soccer programs, the host Madras White Buffalos prevailed 2-0.Eben Tapia broke the physical, defense-dominated scoreless tie with a top-shelf goal with about five minutes remaining. After a Buffalo corner kick, junior defender Damian Fuentes served a ball into the box, where Tapia took it away from an Estacada defender with a slideÂ tackle, pushing the ball into the upper left corner of the goal in theÂ process.
Minutes later, Tapia again got free and drilled a game-clinching goal from the right flank off a pass from junior defender Pablo Olivera. Olivera crossed the midline and beat a Ranger player to the ball, which Olivera booted deep down theÂ sideline. As the crowd cheered the defensive play as a time-killer late in the 1-0 game, Tapia chased the ball down the sideline and got into position to boot in the clincher.The win put the Buffs at 7-1 for the year, and avenged their only loss, a 5-3 defeat at Estacada on Sept. 20. Madras went into the game ranked fourth in the state's 4A rankings and Estacada, now 6-3-1, was ranked sixth.Buffalo goalkeeper Javier Castro had an excellent game. Estacada's best scoring opportunities occurred in the first half, but Castro made several saves, including taking a hard shot to his face by a ball kicked about five yards from where he stood to defend. He shook it off to make several more stops in the game.Along with Castro's solid play and a strong Madras defensive effort keeping them scoreless, Estacada just missed on a couple of good shots that went over the bar.Madras is on the road at Gladstone on Friday. Gladstone was 3-5-1 heading into Tuesday's match at Molalla. Madras beat the Glads just 1-0 on Sept. 22.
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