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Girls soccer team lands its first league win


Pair of second-half goals lift Estacada to a 2-1 win over Madras

The girls’ soccer squad at Estacada needed something positive to happen. The Rangers went winless in their first five league matches, despite being close in almost all of them, so they absolutely had to turn their fortunes somehow. They got what they hope will be that turning-point moment last week against Madras.

Estacada earned its first Tri-Valley Conference win last week by knocking off the visiting White Buffaloes. The final score was officially 2-1, but the match wasn’t nearly that close as the Rangers were in complete control from wire to wire.

The Rangers struck with a first-half goal to take the lead, then Kreek Copher found the net on a pass from Alyssa Hunt 14 minutes into the second half. That was all they would need, because their defense was just about perfect.

Estacada kept Madras’ forwards, who came off as timid in the face of the Rangers’ defenders, at a safe distance from the goal for most of the match. In fact, the White Buffaloes only advanced the ball to within 45 yards of the goal four times in the match. Estacada’s backfield overwhelmed Madras so much that the Rangers could have played the whole match without a goalkeeper and the score would have been the same.

Of course the Rangers did play with a goalie, Jesalyn Hunt. She left the match with 18 minutes left having touched the ball a total of three times. All three of those touches were on balls that had nothing on them and would have missed wide, if they reached the goal at all.

Madras did score with less than five minutes remaining when Kalan Wolfe lobbed one over the top of new goalie Haley Harding, but at that point the Rangers were just trying to run out the clock, which they did after the lone Madras goal.

This marked the second outstanding defensive effort by Estacada against Madras this season. The Rangers held the White Buffaloes scoreless in their meeting at Madras, but failed to score themselves and had to settle for a tie. It was also the sixth time Estacada held its opponent to one goal or less in its first nine contests.

With the win, Estacada improved to 2-5-2 (1-3-2 Tri-Valley Conference) and moved up to No. 27 in the class 4A rankings.