Molalla’s boys soccer team took their second win over the Gladstone Gladiators on Tuesday. The 1-0 win didn’t change Molalla’s standings in the Tri-Valley Conference, but Coach Ryan Gates still has confidence they can break back into the top two spots in the league.

“Gladstone was a tough game, just like the first time we played them,” Gates said. “My team was more than ready, and I was proud of the way they controlled the game. Our possession game was the best it has been in a while and we proved to our selves that we can indeed keep a clean sheet.”

The first half of the game was a stalemate. Luis Mendoza got the goal in the second half though, and Molalla kept the lead from there.

The third-ranked Indians (3-0-3) remain unbeaten in league play. They have four more games this season. Next up they face La Salle (4-1-1, and second in league) on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at home.

“I am confident in my team and their ability to battle for 80 minutes,” Gates said. “Despite not being in the top two right now, we have yet to lose in league, and we have most of our tough games at home. If our defense continues to post clean sheets we have a shot at not only finishing in the top two [but] we can win league.” 

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