By Jeremy McDonald
AURORA, Ore.– All North Marion needed was one goal to get over the hump against Madras Monday afternoon. The goal came away from Aden Carillo in the 28th minute to separate the Huskies over the White Buffalo in the 1-0 victory.
“It was a big goal for the team, I’m not going to put myself first. The goal puts us in the lead and gives us more motivation to keep going. Obviously, we had chances that we could have finished and scored more goals, but we couldn’t execute,” smiled Carillo.
“But for the team it was nice to get that goal. It was a boost, a boost that we could use in the game.”
It was a unique game for sure for the Huskies. As the rain and drizzle that plagued the day, saturating the grass field entering the Tri-Valley Conference game, North Marion had roughly 10 opportunities that had missed the mark.
Turning promising drives and strong defense into frustration as the Huskies got the job done for their third-straight win. The resurgence is nice, but with Estacada Wednesday, finishing those opportunities will be nice. A struggle that they need to work on moving into their road trip with the Rangers points Jose Jara, knowing that they could’ve given themselves more of a cushion than the one-goal they had.
The Rangers currently sit a half-game behind North Marion at 2-0-1, tying with Madras this past Thursday with wins over Molalla and Gladstone in between.
“It was rough, we could’ve scored more. We just need to be finishing more and that’s what is wrong with us right now, we’re struggling on scoring right now. We’re not happy with this win,” Jara said.
But through the frustrations of the past few games in not finishing their opportunities, their defense and ball control is backing them up. This was their fourth-straight shutout as they look to continue this stronghold into their next game as they look to finish up the first-loop through league-play.
“We gave it our all, this is our home we’re used to it. We love to pass the ball; we control it and we’re a dominant team on this field because this is our home. We’re not going to let anyone do that at our home and we did us. We did what we know best, pass the ball and play simple,” Carillo said.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald