Hammack leads North Marion girls soccer team past Molalla
MOLALLA -- Two minutes into last Monday's game, Mya Hammack was on the ground, holding her ankle.
"Everything just came flooding back to me," said the North Marion junior, who missed the majority of last season after breaking her right ankle.
But after limping off the field and sitting on the bench for about 10 minutes, Hammack returned and spent the next 70 minutes showing she was just fine.
Hammack scored four goals at Molalla to lead the Huskies to a 5-3 victory to open Tri-Valley Conference play.
"I think it just made me more determined to win, and I think it brought everyone some fire," Hammack said of returning to the game after the injury scare.
Hammack's first goal came midway through the first half to give North Marion a 1-0 lead. Hammack then added a second goal with 5:45 remaining in the first half.
With 28 seconds remaining, Molalla senior Madeline Lisac scored to get the Indians within 2-1 at halftime.
After North Marion sophomore Josafine Carbajal extended the Huskies lead to 3-1, Molalla junior Holly Rae quickly answered to keep the Indians within a goal.
With 19 minutes remaining, Molalla junior Hannah Nelzen then appeared to tie the game at 3-3, but her goal was waved off on an offsides penalty.
Three minutes later, Hammack scored her third goal to give the Huskies a 4-2 advantage.
With 12 minutes remaining, Rae got Molalla back within one goal, but Hammack quickly answered to complete the scoring.
"She's super important to the team, obviously," North Marion coach Ben Bonser said. "Four goals in a game that we really need goals in. She helps control the midfield. She was playing a little softer today than she normally would. I wouldn't say she was 100 percent out there today."
Bonser was also impressed with two of his freshmen defenders, Ashley Delgado and Adrie Lader, who started and played the entire game.
"We had a lot of young players that stepped up," he said.
Wegner liked what she saw from Rae, defender Audriahna Greer and goalie Raelynne Nogle, but needed 100 percent effort from every player.
North Marion lost both of its games against Molalla last season. Hammack, who did not play in either contest, also lost to the Indians her freshman year.
"We really wanted to get that win," Hammack said. "We've all been working really hard for this. It's one of our goals to win league. This is the start of it all."
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