MHS soccer breaks onto the winning side
After finding that elusive first win, the Madras girls' soccer team added a second victory just two days later in home matches.
The White Buffalos defeated Dallas 4-1 on Thursday and earned a short-handed 1-0 victory against Woodburn. The matches wrap up Madras' nonleague season at 2-5-0.
The Buffs don't ease into Intermountain Conference play, facing a pair of tough road matches. Madras traveled to No. 7-ranked Summit on Tuesday, Oct. 3 and then travels to No. 1 Bend on Thursday.
Madras 1, Woodburn 0: A goal by sophomore midfielder Cassi Drew at the 32nd minute was enough offense for the Buffs. Drew set up her own shot by stealing the ball from a Bulldog defender and launching a shot from 20 yards out.
Madras clinched the victory by recording its first shutout of the season after giving up just one goal in the previous match.
The shutout came despite playing the final 22 minutes with 10 players, one less than usual. A red card to forward Kaylee Ramey for verbal unsportsmanlike conduct resulted in the ejection.
"We stayed focused on defense," senior midfielder Miriam Fisher said. "We didn't think about having 10 players, but we were pretty tired."
Woodburn launched 14 shots, evenly divided in each half, along with five corner kicks. Buff keeper Briana Stacona was busy, making seven saves plus sliding to corral the ball at the top of the box to prevent a Bulldog shot several times.
"Briana was the difference in the match," Madras coach Phil Smith said.
Stacona had a big defensive assist from Meagan Fine at the 81st minute. The Buff keeper deflected a shot at the top of the box. The ball stopped just in front of the goal line, allowing Fine to kick it out of the box.
"Meagan had a little time to get it out of there, so she took her time to get it in the air," Smith said.
Madras 4, Dallas 1: Giving up an early goal served as a motivator for the Buffs in the team's first win.
Madras surrendered the opening score in the 19th minute as the Dragons converted a breakaway. It was Dallas' only breakaway.
"After we gave up that first goal, we talked more," sophomore defender Kalie Young said. "We really communicated on defense."
That talking helped set up the Buffs' tying goal. Young helped slow down a Dallas fastbreak. She gained possession, passing to Chelsi Hulsey down the sideline who found Griselda Reyes open for the tying goal.
"We worked as a team in this match; that was the difference," said Reyes who scored a goal in each half. "We went out and played, we tried our hardest."
Reyes' second goal was a textbook fastbreak, the Madras coach said.
"Griselda kept possession and waited for an open shot," Smith said. "When she finally took it, she was close to the net."
Reyes' second goal was set up by the outside threat of forward Kaylee Ramey. She scored in the 31st minute off a pass from Holly Martin. Ramey had four other hard, quality shots in the match.
Hulsey finished off the match with a finesse shot, lobbing the ball over the Dallas keeper.
"I've talked about controlling the ball all season and we did that today," Smith said.
The coach also praised the backline of Young, Fine and Ashley Evans for limiting Dallas to just the one goal. Stacona also made eight saves.