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Five different Indians scored goals in Tuesday's Tri-Valley Conference win

PMG PHOTO: DEREK WILEY - Molalla junior Alex Rojas scored two goals in the second half of the Indians 6-6 victory at Corbett Tuesday.

There will not be an easy game in the Tri-Valley Conference this season.

That was made clear Tuesday night at Corbett.

Molalla defeated the Cardinals 6-2, but the Indians led only 1-0 at halftime thanks to a penalty kick in the 37th minute by Alex Mendoza.

"We came out slow, expected to win the game just by playing, by rolling the ball on the field," Molalla coach Ryan Gates said. "Corbett is not the team that they used to be and that's what I told the boys. There's no easy games now in our league. We can't just assume that they're the team from last year, and that's the thing they have to understand now."

Four minutes into the second half, Molalla junior Juan Rojas scored a goal to extend the Indians lead to 2-0, but Corbett quickly answered to get within 2-1.

After a goal by Molalla junior Aldo Avilla made it 3-1, the Cardinals quickly answered to stay within one goal.

With 10 minutes remaining, the Indians were finally able to put Corbett away on back-to-back goals by Molalla junior Alex Rojas. Evan Deardorff then scored the Indians sixth goal of the night with about four minutes to go.

"We finally started capitalizing on opportunities," Gates said. "We had a lot of shots and a lot of opportunities, we were just hitting it right at the keeper, and were taking shots from too far out when we could have been taking them a little closer, and I think we just wore them down. There's only so much defending you can do. We finally just broke through and started scoring."

The Indians improved to 2-0-1 in the Tri-Valley Conference and host Madras Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

Derek Wiley
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