Molalla's girls soccer team falls to North Marion in league opener
Molalla outshot North Marion 24 to 9 Monday night in both team's Tri-Valley Conference opener.
But the Indians had no answer for Mya Hammack.
The North Marion junior scored four goals to lead the Huskies to a 5-3 win at Molalla.
"We definitely dominated most of the first half," Molalla coach Nina Wegner said. "We had a lot of shots in the first half. They have Mya, who is a really good player. And we knew coming in that she's a good player, but we kind of figured that we could play our own game. The whole first half was fine, but once she started picking up her game and we started losing communication on defense, she got through."
Hammack, who missed most of last season after breaking her right ankle and now wears a brace on both ankles, went down two minutes into Monday's game.
"Everything just came flooding back to me," said Hammack, who sat out for about 10 minutes before returning to give North Marion a 1-0 lead midway through the first half.
Hammack then added a second goal with 5:45 remaining in the first half.
"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.
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.
"A lot of it at this point is just kind of the head games, showing up for the game, being prepared to play hard," Wegner said. "I had some girls that really stood out, but it's hard when not everybody shows up."
Molalla won both of its games against North Marion 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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