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Molalla's new boys soccer coach looks toward fall

by: CORY MIMMS - Ryan Gate stepped in as coach of Molalla High School's boys soccer team in June.Last year, Molalla High School’s boys soccer team went unbeaten in league play and 13-3 overall, but eight of their players graduated, leaving a large hole of uncertainty in next season. The team’s new coach, Ryan Gates, is preparing for the challenge to come though.

This summer, Gates is trying to get a feel for the team and to keep them in shape. He’s uncertain which players will be replacing the lost seniors, but he did say, “the defense is coming back. It’s a great building block. Start there and move forward.”

And his coaching philosophy is possession-based. “The more you hold the ball, the less likely the other team is to score,” he said.

Gates grew up in West Linn. For the last four years he has taught hybrid classes at Baker Web Academy. He officially stepped in as coach on June 12. He’s already noticed the players are dedicated, taking the initiative to organize kick arounds and to keep themselves sharp. “It’s a very proactive team,” Gates said.

Gates is 32-years-old, and most of his experience is with club teams. He was the goal keeper coach for Utah Valley University’s club team, and he has played on club teams as well. His involvement at this level has developed a sense of balance in his coaching approach.

Less than 10 percent of high school athletes go on to play after graduation, Gates said, so it’s very important they set their priorities. “They’re students first.”

Lost varsity seniors

Pedro Rojas

Adrian Palacios

Sergio Maldonado

Luke Munson

Jesus Ruiz-Rueda

Luis Chavez

Salvador Cueva-Corjeo

Jake Marr



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