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MHS girls searching for first TVC win

White Buffalos lose two games

by: Photo By Joe McHaney - Madras senior Megan Boyle tosses a soccer ball into play Oct. 4 against visiting Molalla.

The Madras High School girls soccer squad dropped to 0-5 in Class 4A Tri-Valley Conference play last week.
   The White Buffalos nearly pulled off its first TVC win last Thursday, but host North Marion edged Madras 2-1.
   "It was an interesting environment to play in because the field was more mud than grass," MHS head coach Mike Osborne said of playing at North Marion. "It was very difficult for players to pivot or even kick in those conditions."
   Madras (1-8 overall) was playing without one of its goal keepers, Rosey Suppah, who suffered an injury the day prior.
   "Johanna (Altamirano) filled in at keeper and she played well," Osborne said. "She had 15 saves and the game was scoreless at halftime."
   The Huskies scored 17 minutes into the second half, but Madras countered with seven minutes to play thanks to a goal by Josie Hunt. North Marion, however, went ahead 2-1 with just under three minutes to play.
   "Our girls played well considering the conditions and we had players in different positions," Osborne said.
   On Oct. 11, Madras lost to visiting Molalla 5-1.
   Mariah Stacona scored the only goal for the White Buffalos, converting a penalty kick in the 75th minute.
   "Mollala is a pretty experienced team," Osborne said. "I think they just that experience to their advantage and wore us down."
   Madras visited La Salle (3-2 TVC) after press deadline Tuesday. The White Buffalos host Gladstone (5-0) Oct. 18 at 4:30 p.m.
   Entering Tuesday's action, Madras had five regular-season games remaining.