North Marion boys beat Madras 2-0 for first victory of the season
As far as typical sports cliches go, "You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take" ranks up there in the hall of fame along with "Defense wins championships" and "One game at a time."
But for the North Marion boys soccer team, there's truth in those words, particularly for senior forward Barsilay Carrillo, who scored the Huskies' lone goals in the team's 2-0 win over Madras on Wednesday, Sept. 25.
"That's the thing, I try to take as many shots as I can," Carrillo said. "It doesn't matter if it goes out or in, just take them, because you never know."
As if to provide proof positive to those words, Carrillo capped his team's first win of the season with a free kick that arced between a sea of Husky and Buffalo players from 20 yards out into the back of the net in the final minutes for his second goal of the night.
It was a 1-in-100 shot, but one that Carrillo is happy to take as long as the chance is there each game.
"All my goals are thanks to my team letting me have the chance to have a free kick," Carrillo said. "Without anybody there, I wouldn't be doing what I'm doing."
It took six games for the Huskies to net their first victory of the season, but their 1-3-2 record is nearly identical to their start last year when the team rallied in the second half of the season to make a state championship run.
Like last year, this year's North Marion team sees itself as a work in progress, one to be judged at the end of the season than on the first month of games.
"We're not a team that's already good in the beginning," Carrillo said. "We all have our mistakes, and we keep learning as a team."
All three of North Marion's losses this season have come against defending state champions at the 5A, 4A and 3A/2A/1A levels, something that head coach Rafael Pelaez feels will pay dividends toward the end of the season when the Huskies are playing in do-or-die contests against top-tier opponents.
"We tried to have a tough preseason," Pelaez said. "I want them to be prepared, mentally and physically. If they feel the pressure before our league games start, I feel they're going to be ready."
Pelaez said his team gave Molalla the opening half of play in the league opener on Sept. 23, but rallied in the second half to dominate possession, ultimately tying the game on a pass from Carrillo to freshman Alexander Perez in the final 15 minutes for the 1-1 draw.
With first-game jitters out of the way, the Huskies came out against Madras to hand the White Buffaloes their first loss of the season." Madras is always a good team," Pelaez said. "The second half, we kind of dominated them at the beginning, then it was kind of even until the end."
The Huskies now turn their attention to the Estacada Rangers (4-2, 0-2), in a game that was scheduled for Tuesday. North Marion returns home on Thursday to conclude their week against Gladstone (2-4, 2-0).
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