By Jeremy McDonald
AURORA, Ore.– North Marion found themselves in an one-all tie with Madras Wednesday afternoon following the White Buffaloes PK-goal that tied things up following a hand-ball call that occurred inside the 18-yard box seven minutes into the second half.
Madras, who have been hovering around the Top 10 entering the match at 4-1, already matched their win-total from the 2017 season when they looked for their fifth win of the year against a Lady Huskies team playing without Mya Hamamck for the second straight game.
But as the White Buffaloes pushed tempo offensively, Alex McArthur, defender Blanca Diaz and company slowed Madras down trying to give Mar Verastegui and the offensive front tried to hand them the lead back since Hailey Welch’s 35th minute PK goal.
On four separate occasions, McArthur saved shots that could have handed Madras the lead with the sophomore in goal trying to keep her teammates positive with the barrage of pressure coming from the other side.
“I always try to brush it off,” said McArthur on moving pass the PK Goal. “But obviously it stings a little bit, but I just try and get everyone all rallied up again so we can stay positive. When we’re thinking more positively, we play better soccer and we can build each other up instead of take each other down.”
Slowly, the offense were getting a few more opportunities down the field as time was about to be called for the game. Throughout the second half, they couldn’t land a shot in the back of the net to break them out of their funk.
“A lot of it is talking to each other so we can look into making sure that we’re getting the best shot possible with a higher chance of our shots going in and not getting off the first thing we see. Taking more control with the ball and making sure that we have the best chance of making the ball go in,” said Verastegui.
Verastegui sent a high-crosser shot towards goal with about 3:26 left in the game, but it was saved just by the tip of the fingers by Madras with North Marion taking their turn pushing tempo.
With a few second remaining, the Lady Huskies had one more crack at the win following a yellow-card called against the White Buffaloes that set up a free kick with four seconds remaining as everyone including McArthur loaded the box.
The last second shot at goal was saved to seal the 1-1 tie for both teams. It was Madras’ first tie but the second for North Marion in the last four games after starting the season 2-0 with nearly a week off before Gladstone coming to town Tuesday as they to kickstart themselves again after their 2-0-1 start to the season.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald