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MHS girls soccer recovering from graduation toll

Stacona returns as goalkeeper

by: Photo By Joe McHaney - Madras High School sophomore Mariah Stacona returns to the net for the White Buffalos.

Wins have been scarce for the Madras High School girls soccer program in recent years.
   This season could be troublesome again in the win column, especially with the loss of 12 seniors to graduation from a program with 28 kids out last season.
   "We only have six returning kids from last year," said second-year head coach Mike Osborne. "We have lots of new faces and lots of new pieces that we're trying to fit together."
   Last year, the White Buffalos snapped a 32-game losing skid with a 2-0 victory over Crook County, but MHS went 0-10-0 in Tri-Valley Conference play.
   "This is a motivated group of girls that's working very hard," Osborne said. "We're not so much worried about wins right now, but we're trying to fit it all together and improve.
   Out for the team this year are Mariah Stacona, Itzel Romero, Ana Alvarado, Cassidy Brown, Leah Suppah, Inez Jones, Melissa Olivera, Stephanie Olivera,Cristina Padron, Kalan Wolfe, Alicia Farias, Josie Hunt, Jesica Alavez, Tyra Thomas, Analie Diaz, Esteffany Galan, Jazmine Ike Lopez and Lisa Ike Lopez. Stacona and Hunt were both named TVC second-team players last year.
   MHS opens nonconference play at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 5, at La Pine, and opens TVC play at Estacada Sept. 20.