Madras boys bounce back with blowout wins
Twice already this season, the Madras soccer team has played a league opponent to a draw, and twice it has roared back with a resounding win.
The latest, a 9-0 thumping of Corbett at home, bettered the White Buffalos' record to 4-0-2. The Buffs still have yet to lose a game, and their two draws came against No. 11-ranked Molalla, and on the road against Gladstone.
"We're at home, and the focus was here today," head coach Clark Jones said. "Honestly, (Corbett was) playing good soccer, it's just that we really executed well ... The cool thing is, everybody got to play, everybody got a lot of playing time. We ended up not having to work all that hard to get the victory, and we're going to need to save as much energy as we can."
With Madras traveling to Molalla on Thursday for a rematch of a 2-2 draw a couple weeks ago, taking care of business at home against other Tri-Valley Conference teams is crucial to the Buffs' power ranking, and thus, more favorable matchups in the postseason.
Its convincing win over Corbett certainly helped that case.
Similar to the Estacada game a week prior, the Buffs did a majority of their damage in the first half.
Two minutes into the game, Alex Diaz got his team on the board on a headed goal that came as a result of Andres Acuna's shot being deflected by Corbett keeper Ravi Heyne.
Jonathan Reynoso followed with a run down the left sideline, where Corbett keeper, Riley Gyreko, who subbed in for Heyne, was wide of the goal, expecting his defender to win the ball.
When Reynoso outran the defender, he easily put a shot past Gyreko.
Kevin Goicochea then assisted an Acuna goal inside the box, and not long after, Goicochea put home a goal of his own, which was his first of the season. Tyler Lockey scored just before halftime to give Madras a 5-0 lead at half.
Reynoso scored two additional goals in the second half to complete a hat trick.
Also noteworthy — six Madras players chipped in assists, led by Cesar Aguirre with two.
Surprsingly, the Buffs' lineup is still a work in progress without one of their key attacking players, Mellie Olivera, who has been sidelined with an injury since the second half The Dalles game Sept. 14.
"When he's gone," Jones said, "it doesn't fall apart, but it's not as pretty."
They've won with different lineups, but Jones said the team continues to look for someone to step up in his absence.
Madras knows full well Thursday's game at Molalla is a difficult place to win, or even draw; each and every season, it is anyone's guess what will happen between the two evenly-matched teams. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.