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Girls water polo runs off six-straight

Team goes undefeated, wins home tournament

by: Billy Gates/The Pioneer - Madras’ Aurora Gerhardt goes for the ball in overtime of the Buffs’ 7-6 win against Class 6A Sunset on Friday at Madras Aquatic Center. Gerhardt scored the match-winning goal in sudden death overtime.

The Madras girls water polo team continued its dominance with a 6-0 record last week, including a Madras Tournament championship on Friday at the Madras Aquatic Center.
   After the White Buffaloes pounded Class 6A Gresham, 12-3, they earned a couple hard-fought wins against two other Class 6A opponents, Sunset and Tigard.
   They needed overtime to defeat Sunset, 7-6, then beat Tigard to clinch the tournament title, 8-6.
   Against the Apollos, Madras' Aurora Gerhardt stole the ball from a defender right in front of the goal about a minute into overtime, then buried the sudden death goal in the top right corner of the net to give the Buffs the win.
   It was Gerhardt's fourth goal of the match.
   Sunset was exceptionally aggressive in the match, picking up seven ejections to Madras' one.
   In the title-clinching match against the Tigers, Gerhardt scored four times for the second consecutive match, and Gemelas picked up three goals. Brianna Hunt added the other.
   The Buffs led 6-2 going into the fourth period, but Tigard's Taylor Roth wasn't going to let her team go down without a fight. She scored four goals in the period, double what the entire Tigard team scored in the first three periods, but Gemelas and Gerhardt added goals to help neutralize Roth's huge late-game performance.
   Against the Gophers, Madras tallied six goals in the first period to set the tone and cruise the rest of the way. Sophie Gemelas scored three times for the Buffs in the opening stanza.
   In Sandy on Saturday, Madras capped its perfect weekend with a 14-4 win against Sandy and an 8-6 come from behind win against Parkrose.
   Madras head coach Bobby DeRoest said he was "proud of his team's competitive fire" in the Parkrose match. The Buffs had to battle back from a 5-3 halftime deficit and were led by Gerhardt's five goals.
   Sandy finished third in the state last season, and the Buffs made them look silly with the 10-goal victory. Liz Armitage scored four goals in the match, as did Gerhardt again as well as Gemelas.
   DeRoest said Sandy is still a quality opponent, but his team just played really well and coming off the tournament win at its home, the team was feeling pretty good.
   Thursday, the Buffs started the week avenging their only loss of the season in a 15-6 win against Redmond.
   DeRoest said the keys to the win were a balanced scoring attack and a "very disruptive team defense."
   Gerhardt scored six times, while Gemelas contributed four goals in the rout.
   Madras trailed 3-2 after the first period, but outscored the Panthers 13-3 the rest of the match.
   Redmond beat the Buffs by two goals a couple weeks ago, and they weren't about to let that happen again.
   Results from Tuesday's match in Redmond were not available by the Pioneer's press deadline. They will host Bend at 4 p.m. Thursday and host another tournament at the MAC on Saturday, starting at 8:30 a.m.