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Soccer team defeats Valley Catholic, prepares for quarterfinal tilt against quality Henley squad

The Molalla boys soccer team, seeded 12th in the bracket, advanced to the second round of the Class 4A playoffs with a 3-0 win over fourth seed Valley Catholic Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 3.

It took awhile to ring the scoring register, but Molalla got its first with about 25 minutes to play in the first half.

"It was a through-ball by Antuan Peterson to Evan Hugo, who beat the keeper with a shot to the bottom left, making it 1-0 at the break," coach Ryan Gates said.

The second goal would come with roughly 25 minutes gone in the second half. Nico del Agua delivered a nice pass to Hugo, who beat a pair of Valley Catholic defenders before putting the ball in the back of the net.

COURTESY PHOTO: MOLALLA BOYS SOCCER - Nothing but smiles in the aftermath of Wednesday's 3-0 win over Valley Catholic, which propels the Molalla boys soccer team into the quarterfinals against Henley.

"The third goal came from a short corner with 10 minutes left to play," Gates said. "It was played to Tony Morfin who sent it to Martin Ruiz, who dribbled past one defender to hit a left-footed shot near post."

Gates also noted the play of his keeper, Reid Sperl, who had a key save off a corner kick during the first half to keep the score at 1-0.

"It was a big momentum save," Gates said.

The Indians will travel to Henley for a Nov. 6 quarterfinal match-up. Henley was the Skyline Conference champions with a 9-1 league mark (12-3-1 overall).

"After some ups and downs, the team is finally reaching their potential of how good they can be," Gates said. "Their record doesn't show how good they can be, but against Valley Catholic they finally played like the team they could have been all year. If they stay focused they can play with anyone."

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