If anyone had doubts about the Molalla girls' soccer team's offensive firepower before Wednesday night, then those doubts were eliminated as the Indians plowed through Sisters 7-0 in their season opener at Justin Wood field.
The game was originally scheduled to be played at Sisters, but was moved to Molalla due to smoke from wildfires in the area.
The Indians started out fast as sophomore Maddy Lisac scored her first of three goals in the sixth minute on an assist from senior Amanda Seward, who spent last season playing club ball.
It was Lisac's first hat trick of her high school career, and more will no doubt be on their way if she keeps performing like she did Wednesday night.
"That was my first hat trick of my high school career … none of them would have been possible without great assists from my teammates," Lisac said, eager to give the credit to hear team. "They couldn't have put the ball in a better spot for me."
"I thought it was a very well-played game," Lisac said. "We worked as a team to get the win for sure. I don't believe we had any bad shots or any player took anything on by themselves."
Lisac addressed losing 11 seniors from last year's squad, something many saw as a concern heading into this season.
"I think we were all a little nervous going into this game, as it is almost an entirely new team this year losing 11 seniors, but we began to click as soon as the first whistle was blown and proved to have chemistry out on the field," she said. "I think we showed all of our families and the community that we are ready for what the season brings."
"I think our biggest strength this season is the amount of talent and hard-working players we have on the team," Lisac said. "Our upperclassmen really set the example for us, and we can lean on them for advice and how they approach the game. If we all continue to work as hard as we can and support each other, i really do believe we will go just as far or even farther this year in the playoffs."
Seward and Lisac then continued their combo attack and scored back-to-back goals in the 17th and 20th minute, respectively, to put the Indians up 3-0.
Molalla was then given a handout as Sisters senior Rylee Weber sent in an own goal on a corner kick from Molalla in the 21st minute to put Molalla up 4-0.
Three minutes later, Molalla junior Mattie Myers connected, followed by another from Lisac to complete her hat trick in the 30th minute to put Molalla up 6-0. Then to put the nail in the coffin, freshman Holly Rae sailed down the field and punched one in in the 36th minute to secure a 7-0 lead heading into halftime, which the Indians would hold for the rest of the game as the younger players were substituted in in the second half.
"We are a whole new group of girls and it's nice to see us work together, showing that we have the potential to strengthen our chemistry as a team this season," Myers said.
Myers said that before league play begins on Sept. 19 against Madras at home, she wants to see the team fine-tune their touches and passes to develop more combination play before going into league play.
"I think our biggest strength going into the season is that we have a lot of talented girls that can play and are willing to work hard to succeed at our goals," Myers said.
Next up for the Indians is North Marion at home on Sept. 5 at 6 p.m.
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