by: BILLY GATES/THE PIONEER - Madras sophomore Kalan Wolfe battles for the ball with a Molalla defender during the White Buffalos' 3-0 loss to the Indians on Thursday at Madras High School. The loss drops the Buffs to 0-3-2 in Tri-Valley Conference play, and 0-4-5 overall. The team will play its next home game Oct. 15 against defending state champion Gladstone. Team comes up short against Molalla

The Madras High School girls soccer held off the Molalla Indians for as long as they could, but the White Buffalos fell 3-0 on Thursday in Madras.

Molalla freshman Chase Rome started the scoring for the Indians in the 34th minute, when her shot from about 30 yards out clipped the inside of the post and went in, and the Molalla shooting gallery began.

Molalla outshot Madras 19-1 in the match.

Madras coach Mike Osborne said the team had a great practice on Wednesday leading up to the game, but they are still behind Molalla experience wise because a lot of the Molalla players play year-round.

“We’re at a big disadvantage there,” Osborne said. “The majority of those kids are club kids, but we’re making improvement every day in our practice. In relation to the other teams in our league, it’s not as much improvement because they play all the time.”

With Madras being the only school not in the Portland metro area, where particularly girls soccer thrives at the club level, things are vastly different.

The Buffs are moving forward as quickly as they can, but it doesn’t show up quite as much against teams as seasoned as Molalla, or other league rivals such as La Salle Prep or defending state champion Gladstone.

by: BILLY GATES/THE PIONEER - Madras' Gema Zamora tries to work the ball past a Molalla defender.“We can do bits and pieces of what we want to do,” Osborne said. “It’s just a matter of linking those together, and that’s all part of the building process.”

Madras goalkeeper Janae Adams got a bit of a workout against Molalla, and she made some pretty good saves to keep the Indians from really laying it on the Buffs.

Adams corralled a driven shot by Rome in the 29th minute, one that forced Adams to move to her right and reach up to save. She had to make a similar save just a minute later.

Molalla tacked on a goal in the 41st minute from a free kick, and then added another one for good measure in the 68th to close the book on the match.

While the team hasn’t won a game yet this season, they are still tied for fourth place in the Tri-Valley Conference with an 0-3-2 record.

On Tuesday, Madras lost to La Salle Prep 5-0 in Milwaukie.

Osborne said his team can visualize the type of soccer they want to play, but making that idea tangible is proving to be a tough task.

“We have this mental picture in our head of what we think soccer should be like,” Osborne said. “But right now, we just can’t get there.”

The result of Tuesday’s match against Estacada was not available by the Pioneer’s press deadline. The team is back in action Oct. 15, when they host Gladstone.

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