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With eyes on the playoffs, Huskies wasted no time in defeating visiting White Buffaloes for the second time.

Firmly on the back nine of its league schedule, the North Marion girls soccer hosted Madras for its second matchup with the White Buffaloes on Tuesday, Oct. 19. The Huskies ran through the visiting squad 8-0 on Monday, Sept. 27, when they traveled to Madras the first time around.

Coming off just its third loss of the season against league leader Gladstone (10-1) on Thursday, Oct. 14, North Marion played like a team with something to prove and prove it they did. Just like the first game, North Marion dispatched Madras 8-0 to bring the game to a close at 27 minutes, 12 seconds of the second half.

PMG PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - North Marion sophomore Caile Lader made her presence known during the second matchup with Madras, producing a hat trick in the Huskies 8-0 victory.

The win and the intensity were signifiers of two things happening for the Huskies: the impending postseason campaign and a junior varsity game to be played on the same pitch, according to North Marion head coach Ben Bonser.

"We're trying to prepare for playoffs, so we're treating every game like it's a playoff game, we want that intensity level," Bonser said. "Between that and we have a JV game afterward, so I can't really rotate my subs in otherwise the JV won't have anyone to play. So if there wasn't a JV game we would have played the game where we were rotating the players in sooner to give people the opportunity to play."

The home team came out firing on all cylinders. Within a minute of kickoff the Huskies stormed into the attacking third and senior Dominique Huapeo crossed the ball in to sophomore Caile Lader who found the back of the net at the 39:12 mark. Later in the half Lader found the net again, scoring on a shot that bounced through the Madras keeper's hands at the 14:32 mark. Lader scored in the first minute of the second half as well, once again on a cross from Huapeo.

PMG PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - North Marion senior Dominique Huapeo had a pair of assists and a goal in the Huskies second victory over Madras on Tusday, Oct. 19.

The dynamism Lader showed in the attacking third is something that has carried across games, according to Bonser.

"This was a game where Caile was able to score, she had an assist as well," Bonser said of his sophomore. "She actually had the assist in our only goal at Gladstone as well and had beaten two players down the sideline and ripped it across the goal where our freshman Paige (McConkey) was able to finish. When she plays with that kind of fire and intensity and skill, she provides that extra. Gives help to (Huapeo) and other players up there."

Freshman Fia Swanson had herself a game as well. In the waning minutes of the first half Swanson scored two goals from inside penalty box, once at the 7:43 minute mark and once at the 4:16 mark. It was an impressive showing from the freshman, and something Bonser wants to see more of consistently going forward.

"With her it's the consistency of using it," Bonser said. "Having that confidence to use it as a freshman. Then the physicality of some games gets in the way for her. Not that she's a pushover or anything, but she can struggle when the game gets really physical and she's getting bounced off the ball. And then there's some things as a freshman she's still learning."

Senior striker Dominique Huapeo would not be denied her chance at goal, fighting off of a defender to bang in the ball at the 12:49 of the first half. Junior Saylor Swanson notched a pair of goals on the day, the first of which came at the 37:17 minute of the second half on a ball crossed in on a corner kick. Her second goal was the final nail in the coffin for Madras; Swanson found her shot at the 27:12 of the second half, following up on junior Sofia Vachter's blocked shot to score the final goal.

PMG PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - North Marion junior Saylor Swanson put in the final goals against Madras on Tuesday, Oct. 19, helping the Huskies win 8-0.

North Marion (6-2 TVC, 8-3-1 overall) has two games left on its schedule, the first of which is a road clash against Estacada (3-3-2 TVC, 5-5-2 overall) on Thursday, Oct. 21. Then the Huskies return home to finish their league season when they host Molalla (2-5-1 TVC, 4-7-1 overall) on Tuesday, Oct. 26.

While North Marion will find its way into the playoffs the intensity will be turned all the way up for the remaining league games, according to Bonser.

"Our message is that we're treating every game like it's the championship game," Bonser said. "That's what I want our girls to do. More than half of my roster has been in a championship game, they have that experience, they know what that feels like. So we're trying to bring that level of competition in, no matter who we're facing from here on out -- the last two games of league and heading into the playoffs."


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