Hammack leads North Marion in 5-3 win over Molalla
Two minutes into North Marion's Sept. 23 game at Molalla, Mya Hammack was on the ground, holding her ankle.
"Everything just came flooding back to me," said the junior midfielder, 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 to lead the Huskies to a 5-3 victory over the Indians 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 needed 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.
Molalla head coach Nina 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."
North Marion 4, Madras 1
The Huskies concluded their week with a 4-1 road victory over the Madras White Buffaloes on Wednesday, Sept. 25.
Dominique Huapeo led the team with a pair of goals, while Carbajal and Hammack each netted a score.
Dani Christenson, Teagen Welch and Hailey Welch each tallied assists in the victory.
The win bumped North Marion (5-1, 2-0 Tri-Valley) into the No. 3 slot in the OSAA rankings, just ahead of league rivals No. 4 Gladstone (4-1, 1-0) and No. 5 Corbett (3-1, 1-0).
The Huskies were scheduled to host the Estacada Rangers (0-5-1, 0-2) on Tuesday before finishing their week at Gladstone on Thursday.
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