Soccer: Girls shut down Huskies
A 5-0 blowout on the Indians' home field
The North Marion Huskies met Molallas girls soccer team on the field on Tuesday, and they left goalless. Before the game, Molallas girls practiced attacking. Coach Jim Seward stood on the field among them. Take the shot and then press the goal, he said over and again. Thats just what the Indians did in the game.
From the start, the Indians kept the ball in Husky territory. Five minutes passed, then ten and the fight was still close to North Marions goal. Though the Indians possessed the ball, they couldnt set up for an early goal.
Eleven minutes in Chase Rome took a shot that flew wide right.
Realizing Molallas offense was sharpening, the Huskies rose up and drove Molalla back in a flurry that befuddled the Indians after more than 15 minutes on offense.
But North Marions uprising didnt land them a goal. Molalla got them out of their territory and into mid-field, where they battled for a few minutes before the Indians once again pressed the goal.
Molalla and North Marion quickly traded possession of the ball. The Huskies kept the Indians from getting a clean strike, but the Indians kept trying. However, everything they tried seemed to fall just short of a clean strike.
Then, halfway through the first half, Isabella Petitta found herself unguarded with the ball. She lobbed it through North Marions defense and into the back of the net.
The goal seemed to trigger the Indians offensesomething clicked. Yes, they had possessed the ball for most of the game, but now their play was more precise.
Two shots bounced off the goal. Under pressure, the Huskies scrambled and again drove Molalla back. But North Marions offense couldnt keep the ball in Molallas territory.
The Indians quickly got back on offense and landed their second goal. Off a pass from Leilani Lopes, Marissa Marr put it in the net.
The game continued with Molalla striking hard and landing three more goals. The Indians took the win 5-0.
They are now third in league, 1-1-1, behind Gladstone and an unbeaten La Salle.