The fifth-ranked Lady Indians met their match, however, at Broadway Field. They still dominated the shots on goal (35-to-4) and the time of possession — but that didn’t mean much against an upset-minded team from Seaside.
Molalla was ultimately able to escape with a 2-1 win, but the Lady Gulls threw a big scare into the visitors.
Seaside found itself in a 1-1 tie with the Indians with less than 18 minutes remaining, while senior goalkeeper Kristin Lent had Molalla frustrated on the offensive end, knocking down numerous shots on goal.
It was the closest game of the season for Molalla, a Final Four team in 2015. The Indians had outscored their opponents 19-0 coming into the contest.
Molalla also held an 18-to-1 shots on goal advantage in the first half, but only had one goal to show for it — a shot from 20 yards out by Sierra Cox, who dribbled the ball from right to left, then sent a left-footer into the right half of the net, past a diving Lent.
Of Molalla’s 18 shots on goal in the first half, only 10 were on frame, and Lent made saves on the other nine.
The Gulls came out in the second half a little more active on the offensive end, with two shots on goal in the opening five minutes.
A three-on-one break for Seaside’s Sydney Villegas was stopped by Molalla keeper Alicia Schultz, and Schultz made a save on another attempt by Lizzy Barnes.
Seaside defenders Morgan Brown, Corrie Falleur, Danie Nolazco and Bryre Babbitt were busy most of the night chasing down Molalla forward Desirae DesRosiers.
The small but quick senior held most of Molalla’s time of possession by herself, but she was able to get off only a handful of shots on goal.
Meanwhile, the Indians’ Hannah Baughman missed the right post by just inches on a shot in the 56th minute, and an attempt by Kellsie Gobet moments later got past Lent, but was wide right of the net.
The Gulls managed to score the equalizer in the 62nd minute.
Shortly after a throw-in by Audrey Kunde — on one of only a handful of Seaside possessions on the Molalla end of the field — Barnes centered a pass to Katie Zagata, who gained control of the ball and scored from close range to tie the game at 1-1.
But, just over two minutes later, Cox gathered in a ball that was being kicked around in front of the Seaside net, and scored her second unassisted goal past Lent for the go-ahead score.
The Gulls had no shots on goal in the final 15 minutes, while Lent made saves on four of Molalla’s six attempts in the closing minutes.
Seaside (0-3-1) opens Cowapa League play Tuesday at Scappoose (0-1-2).