Molalla upends Madras
Defending champs too much for Buffs
The Madras boys soccer team ran into the buzzsaw that's the defending Class 4A state champion Molalla Indians, and lost 6-2 Thursday in Madras.
The Buffs were able to break through in the 60th minute when senior Carlos Garcia cleaned up a loose ball after a corner kick was served into the 18-yard box, but the Indians had already five on the board and the match well under control.
Even so, Madras head coach Clark Jones said he was pretty happy with the way his team played.
"We gave away some goals, sure," he said. "But I was pleased with what happened after that whole situation. Once we relaxed we played pretty well."
Jones said they were trying a new defensive formation and some tactics they had just recently been working on, and when he was able to get his best unit on the field, he said it looked good.
One player in particular, Jhaylen Yeahquo, caught Jones' eye with his play.
"I thought Jhaylen played real well for us," he said. "We don't have a lot of experience in the back, so when you don't have experience, you put an athlete there. And that's Jhaylen."
Yeahquo found his way into the penalty area and scored Madras' second goal of the match, much like Garcia scored his first.
Yeahquo found the ball roaming free after it had been knocked around after a corner kick, then blasted a right-footed shot through traffic that beat the Molalla goalkeeper in the 71st minute.
The Buffs had a few chances to put more goals on the board, but they came too far between to mount any sort of rally or comeback.
The next possession Madras had after the Garcia goal, it was again Garcia applying pressure. He slipped through a couple defenders and cracked a shot that was saved, but Gustavo Pacheco's header glanced off the crossbar moments later.
With the loss, the Buffs dropped to 1-8 overall and 1-5 in the Tri-Valley Conference. Not all is lost this season, Jones said, but he said it's going to take some work to get back into the playoff hunt.
"Hopefully we'll be able to get something going," Jones said. "We need to focus on what we can do for the rest of the season."
On Tuesday, Madras lost to La Salle Prep, 4-1.
Garcia scored the Buffs' only goal on a penalty kick.
Tuesday's match result against Estacada was unavailable by the Pioneer's press deadline. The Buffs host Gladstone at 4 p.m., Oct. 16 in TVC play.