MHS girls' soccer closer to win


by: Photo By Gary Lindberg - Culver middle blocker Brittney Call and a Delphian defender wait for the ball to fall off the net during a Tri-River match.

   The weather reflected the outcomes for the Madras girls' soccer team in a pair of nonleague matches.
   Playing in rain and wind, the White Buffalos lost 9-1 to visiting Hood River on Thursday. In sunnier weather, Madras (0-3) played a scoreless match until the midway through the second half in a 1-0 loss at Klamath Union on Saturday.
   "We were able to move the ball up and down the field much better at Klamath," Buff coach Phil Smith said. "As the scoreless match went on, the whole team had a lot more confidence."
   Both teams had chances to go ahead before a Pelican goal at the 65th minute. Klamath Union fired off "about three times as many shots," Smith estimated.
   Madras keeper Briana Stacona kept the match scoreless with several "great saves," the coach said. Two were in the second half before Klamath Union scored.
   "Briana made three diving fingertip saves," Smith said.
   The coach also praised the play of midfielder Holly Martin for her hustle in breaking up the Pelican offense.
   In Thursday's rainy loss, Hood River scored three goals in the opening 15 minutes. Senior forward Griselda Reyes followed with Madras' lone goal.