By Jeremy McDonald
AURORA, Ore.– Sometimes you just got to let it rip and see what happens.
North Marion’s offense pestered and pressured Madras’ defensive front for much of the first half and carried it over into the second half of their 2-0 win over the White Buffaloes Wednesday afternoon, their first win of the season.
And yes, the Huskies did bring that heat offensively, there was probably some frustrations in seeing them being that close from connecting on those opportunities, but you miss all the shots that you don’t take.
“Overall, when we get those opportunities you just let it rip because it doesn’t matter if the shot was bad or good, just take it and it’s a possibility that it’ll go in. Always take those opportunities,” said Barsilay Carrillo. “Even if it’s a bad game, just rip it…you miss all the shots you don’t take.”
The forward known as Barsi helped North Marion finally get onto the board in the 31st minute that separated the two squads entering the halftime break 1-0. Madras had opportunities during a stretch around the 15th minute, but Colby Gianella made three saves during the run entering the 16th minute.
“Starting off we were slow, especially in the first play of the game,” said Gianella, who had four saves in the opening 40 minutes. “But then we woke up and started playing our game over the second 20 minutes. Waking up, it was really good, we were playing more as a team. Barsi did a great job sending in shots.”
Right off the bat, a mental miscue of passing the ball to a Buffalo player almost spelt disastrous quickly before the Huskies settled in after the first 20 minutes leading into Carrillo’s goal and into the second half.
Communication picked up, team chemistry was there as well as confidence, but that mental game will be crucial for North Marion with league play in full effect coming off of their 4A State Runner-Up appearance in 2018.
“Confidence, we have it. I know that, having that playoff run we had last year, we’re determined. We need that,” said Avery Coulombe. “Mentality. Simply mentality. Mentality will decide if we’re going to win games.”
Coulombe came in for the second half at goalie to finish off North Marion’s first shutout of the 2019 season. Coming off of their 1-1 tie with Molalla, it’s a good turning point as they transition from their very difficult non-league schedule into the second week of Tri-Valley Conference play.
“It’s good confidence to have within ourselves because in our first match (versus Molalla), we were kind of playing not our game,” said Carrillo. “We all sat down, had a talk and started communicating better in practice and it developed and transferred into the game. We were connecting passes better and making more of those plays.”
The Huskies are at Estacada Tuesday at 6pm
Photos By Jeremy McDonald