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With 4-0 win on Thursday, Sept. 27 Molalla is unbeaten in league play after routing the Madras

PIONEER PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Junior Madeline Lisac had two goals against the Madras White Buffalo in their first encounter.MOLALLA — The girls soccer team has picked up right where it left off last season. After stumbling last year in a 1-0 loss to Gladstone, the team went on to win eight straight league games in a row before advancing to the state semifinals. This year, after a tough 0-4 preseason, the Molalla girls' team has rattled off four straight victories against league competition. Most recently, the girls bested Madras 4-0 on Thursday, Sept. 27.

"I think we're feeling pretty good," junior Madeline Lisac said. "I think we started off a little rough, getting our intensity up. But once we got it back, and everyone started working really well as a team."

It was a back and forth first half between the home team and the White Buffalo. Molalla got the first shot of the game off within a minute of kickoff, with senior Mattie Myers taking the honors seconds in.

The two teams went back and forth over the first 22 minutes or so before Molalla finally found the back of the net. Junior Ashlee Albright scored at 17:42 of the half, putting the ball into the left-hand corner of the net and putting Molalla up 1-0.

The closest Madras would come to getting on the board in the first half came at the 10:30 mark, when junior Briseida Carlon rushed the goal and took the shot, only for Molalla goalkeeper Raelynne Nogle to come out and block the shot. Nogle saved another shot with two minutes to go, and heading into halftime the team was up 1-0.

Coming out of the half, Madras immediately looked to push up field and makes its presence known, keeping the ball in Molalla territory in the opening minutes. It was not anything that Molalla head coach Nina Wegner was concerned about though.

"I think it was just the momentum of stepping up and rushing the field with their forwards," Wegner said. "I think the girls just need to figure out who to mark and communicate that when they're out there."

In short order, Molalla flipped the field and scored its second goal of the game, this one courtesy of junior Madeline Lisac. Lisac took the ball through the White Buffalo defenders and found a home for it in the opposing goal. But Lisac was not done.

Later in the half with 23:25 to go, she claimed another point for the home team. This goal was chipped up and over the Madras keeper. The score was now 3-0 for Molalla, and the flow of the game was decidedly in Molalla's favor. Part of the goal scoring grew out of the adversity the team faced in the preseason, and letting the girls grow more cohesively as a unit.

"As soon as the season started, having tough games the first four games it was a little discouraging as opposed to last year when we went off and won," Lisac said. "But it was good for us that we had tough games in the beginning. Honestly, (the chemistry) kind of just was there. A lot of us girls have played together for years now."

The fourth goal of the game came with 12 minutes to go. Senior Emma Andrews crossed the ball into the box, and Nogle (who was moved out of the keeper's box) headed the ball up. Albright came down with the ball, passed it back to Nogle, who proceeded to put the ball into the net on the ground.

With that, the score was at its final, 4-0. Molalla moved to 4-4 overall, and 4-0 in league play. Madras fell to 1-2-1 in league, and 4-3-1 overall. Molalla faces Gladstone (4-0 in league, 5-3 overall) on Tuesday, Oct. 2. Madras plays Estacada (1-3 in league, 1-5-1 overall) on the same day.

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