Madras girls grab first Tri-Valley Conference victory
Shortly after the Madras girls soccer team grinded out a 1-0 victory at Corbett last Wednesday, Buffs' head coach Shawn Darrow took to Twitter to praise his team.
"Huge win today!! Amazing heart and hustle shown on the road! A great full-team effort!" he wrote in a Tweet. It also included the following hashtag — you can't lose if you don't get scored on.
The statement might seem obvious, but the Lady Buffs are living by it as long as their stingy defense allows.
Wednesday's shutout was the fourth time Madras had done so in six games so far this season. It only posted one clean sheet all of last season.
As the Buffs continue to improve their defense in front of goal, they are starting to see results.
The recent addition of junior Monika Stacona, who swung up from JV to varsity, has helped senior Alesha Freeman in the center of the defense. Freshman Kylie Borchert and junior Chloe Smith have also been dependable on the outside.
Darrow noted that although Stacona and Smith are first-year players, their instincts developed in other sports, particularly basketball, have fit seamlessly.
They've scored only three goals, the last one coming from junior Erika Olivera against Corbett, but injuries have kept the Buffs' attack from playing at full strength.
With six games to go, Madras is squarely in the hunt for a playoff spot.
"We're definitely happy to be in the race, and be competing for that (playoff) spot, but we're definitely not content with where we're at," Darrow said.