Parker Harrison’s goal with eight minutes remaining — a header assisted by Matt Shirley — earned Mountain View a 2-2 tie with Madras.
“And I’ll take a tie over losing any time,” said Cougars coach Don Emerson after his boys soccer team’s nonconference match with the White Buffaloes on Tuesday on the pitch at Mountain View High.
“Madras is always a good team,” Emerson added. “We lost to them last year (at Madras) and wanted to get after them this time.”
Mountain View has entered the season, its second in Class 6A, in building mode.
“We have a lot of new blood this year,” said Emerson, noting that his handful of returning seniors have been joined by a trio of exchange students.
Madras has established itself as a power in Class 4A under coach Clark Jones, reaching the state finals in 2016, the quarterfinals in 2017 and the semifinals last season.
Like the Cougars (0-2-2), the Buffaloes (2-0-1) are still piecing things together one week into the new campaign.
“We’re a young team,” said Jones. “Maybe not so much young as inexperienced. We don’t have that big core of solid returners coming back. Not that these kids don’t have talent, but they still need game experience. We got a lot more of that today.”
Issac Anaya-Aguilera scored the first goal Tuesday, putting Mountain View on top in the 26th minute on an assist from freshman Cole Hersey.
That lead was erased six minutes later when Madras scored on a penalty kick by Tyriek Rodriguez, and it was 1-1 at halftime.
The White Buffaloes took the lead in the 48th minute on a goal by Jesus Alonso, assisted by Franklin Pineda. And it was 2-1 Madras until Harrison’s header tied it late.
“It was a good game for us,” said Emerson. “Madras is very physical, and that’s something we’re not really good at yet.
“But we’re getting better every game,” he added, “which is what you want out of the preseason.”
Nonconference games are up next for both teams: Mountain View plays Thursday at home against Redmond, while Madras is off until a Sept. 19 home match against Mazama of Klamath Falls.