Madras soccer girls lose to LaSalle
- Brian Liebenstein
- Madras Pioneer - Sports
Madras High's girls soccer season closed impressively -- even though not victoriously -- as far as Madras head coach Mike Osborne was concerned, in a 5-0 loss Saturday.
LaSalle beat Madras in the teams' opening-round state playoff match at LaSalle.
"We had trouble adjusting," said Osborne. "It's hard to make runs when you're playing as good a team as LaSalle is," he added. Madras did well keeping the winners from scoring even more goals, Osborne indicated.
From Milwaukie, LaSalle was Special District 2's third seed. That gave it the hosting slot against Madras which earned Special District 7's third seed.
With Tosha Wilson in goal and its defenders clearing away most of LaSalle's attacks, Madras limited the Falcons to a 1-0 halftime advantage. Cydney Topping connected for the first LaSalle goal about nine minutes into the game.
LaSalle's second goal came in the 10th minute of the second half as Erica Baasten blasted in a shot from nearly 25 yards which eventually prompted some changes by Osborne.
Wilson entered the field as fellow junior Elise Hawes took over the goal keeping duties. Madras also rotated some players, such as Teressa Alexander, forward in an effort to try to get more of an attack going.
Pasha Smith and Rosalba Barboza were joined by Wilson in making rushes toward the LaSalle goal in the second half but with three defenders back, the LaSalle defense spurned virtually all of Madras' threats. The limited shots fired by Madras were generally gathered in by goal keeper Lilly Steinberg before they had much chance to approach the mouth of the goal.
LaSalle used steals and precise passing to continue its assault on the White Buffalos with a deadly transition game on the way to its five goals. Without some solid saves by Hawes and clearing kicks by senior Holley Hinson and the rest of Madras' defenders, including Alexander, Megan Drew and Rylee Sweeney, the LaSalle scoring would have been even more frequent.
Baasten and Dani Koch, who both had two goals for LaSalle, were two of the tallest players on the field. Their coach credited LaSalle's Megan Moore with feeding not only Koch and Baasten but other Falcons who had scoring chances.
LaSalle earned a shot at Philomath, which it also beat in last year's playoffs. That game was set for Tuesday.
While Madras ended its season, some players, including Wilson, planned on joining Osborne, who will be coaching the girls basketball team. Basketball tryouts began Monday.
Getting behind changed the nature of Saturday's match, Osborne explained.
"It's hard to play catch up against a solid passing team like LaSalle," said Osborne.
"We gave it a shot. The girls did as well as we could expect," Osborne added.
Gaining experience and practicing throughout the season helped the team improve "ten-fold" according to Osborne. There were just too many areas in which LaSalle was bigger and faster than Madras for the White Buffalos to challenge the winners successfully on Saturday.