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Buff girls add to home wins

Playing at home was more profitable than a long trip for the Madras girls' soccer team.
   The White Buffalos defeated Pendleton 1-0 on Tuesday, Oct. 10. Then a 3-1 loss followed Saturday at Hermiston to move Madras to 1-3 in Intermountain Conference, 3-8 overall.
   Just two matches remain for the season, not including a Tuesday, Oct. 17 home match against Mountain View (played after press time). The Buffs travel to Crook County on Tuesday and host The Dalles on Tuesday.
   Hermiston 3, Madras 1: Just after the Buffs scored, the Bulldogs had an answer.
   Hermiston led 2-0 when Chelsi Hulsey scored in the 58th minute. The sophomore received a pass from Griselda Reyes and curved a shot into the far corner of the goal. Hulsey also scored Madras' lone goal in the earlier victory against Pendleton.
   "Chelsi is getting into the right place at the right time," Buff coach Phil Smith said. "She scored both of her goals by being in the right place. At Hermiston, she shot the ball at the near post and because the field is tilted, the ball curved to the outside post with a foot to spare. I wasn't sure if it was going in."
   Hermiston came right back, scoring two minutes later. That goal "really deflated the team," Smith said. "We thought we were in it and suddenly we were two goals down again."
   Madras was limited to just three shots by the Bulldog defense.
   The hosts had 17 shots with reserve keeper Kaylee Ramey, usually a forward, making nine saves. Starting keeper Briana Stacona was absent due to a family illness.
   Madras 1, Pendleton 0: An early lead lasted the entire match as the Buffs won their first IMC match.
   Hulsey scored in the fifth minute after Jessica Ramey sent a pass into the box.
   "It was a shot off a rebound with Chelsi able get the ball in," Smith said. "This was the earliest we've scored a goal all season. After that goal, we had plenty of shots but couldn't get them in."
   The Buffs had 12 shots while the Buckaroos were limited to just two shots.
   "The entire defense played really well," Smith said. "We controlled the ball, so that helped our defense. It was a really quiet match for Briana (Stacona), but she's been really busy in other matches this season."
   -- Gary Lindberg