After first loss, Buff soccer earns quick-score victory
A comeback theme continues for Madras boys' soccer.
After suffering their loss, the White Buffalos came back with a win. Madras fell 3-0 at Summit on Tuesday, Sept. 14 to end a two-match unbeaten streak. The Buffs then rallied for a 2-1 home victory against Klamath Union Saturday.
Madras responded quickly when the visitors forced a 1-all tie in the 65th minute. Just three minutes later, the Buffs were ahead 2-1.
"After they scored, we wanted to put the pressure back on them," junior midfielder Felipe Reynoso said. "We had to get that goal to get ahead."
So Madras pushed the ball ahead to leading scorer Pablo Felix. The senior had five goals in the opening two matches and scored both Buff tallies against Klamath Union.
The decider started with a high pass to Felix just inside the box. The Pelican keeper swooped out and a Klamath Union defender also shadowed Felix. The ball went to the right leg of Fleix, who lobbed it to himself and then kicked it into the goal.
"With Pablo, even if it's one-on-two, it's a good matchup for us," Madras coach Paul Brown said.
Taking a penalty kick is an even better matchup. Felix converted the shot in the 14th minute, opting to drill the ball just inside the left corner.
Madras was awarded the penalty kick after Roberto Estrada was pulled down inside the box.
"We wanted to try to score quickly if we could," Brown said.
Once ahead, the Buffs had five more chances to expand their lead. Pedro Lopez opened the second half with two strong shots -- one bounced off the post and another being stopped by the Klamath keeper.
The Pelicans tied the match on a corner kick with a header.
"Every team we play is bigger than us," Reynoso said. "We're used to that and we know we have to keep the ball on the ground."
In Tuesday's loss at Bend, host Summit scored in the ninth minute to take control early. The Storm added goals late in the first half and late in the match.