FORKS — Senior transfer Jonathan Molina opened his Hoquiam scoring account on Tuesday with six goals as the Grizzlies started the Evergreen 1A schedule with a comfortable 11-2 win over host Forks on Tuesday.
Molina scored a hat trick (three goals) in the first half, including the match’s opening marker 15 seconds in. Israel Fernandez, who added two goals, assisted on three goals, two of them for Molina.
Hoquiam led 5-0 after 15 minutes of the match before a deflected shot caused goalie Jamie Bigbie to lose his balance and allow Forks to open its scoring ledger in the 16th minute. The hosts added another goal in the 20th minute on a defensive miscue. Freshman forward Alex PugaDeLaRosa, junior Mario Joya and junior Osiel Rivera had one goal for Hoquiam (1-0).
“We can score and work the ball upfield; we have no problem there,” HHS head coach Fidel Sanchez said, “but we have to clean up the little things on the defensive side of the field. In years past, we’ve given up a lot of goals.”
On Thursday, Hoquiam is scheduled to host Elma.
Warriors 2, Eagles 1
ELMA — A torrential downpour turned Elma’s Davis Field into a soggy pitch on Tuesday night, allowing the long-ball hitting Rochester squad to take advantage in this Evergreen 1A season opener.
Reynaldo Ayala scored Elma’s first goal of the season, a 20-yard low rocket in the 73rd minute.
The Warriors took a 1-0 lead at halftime after a long ball was corralled and deposited into the Eagles’ net in the 20th minute. The visitors, the reigning league champions, added their second goal in the 55th minute when an unmarked player on the far side of the goal received a cross over the host’s defense.
Elma pressured the Warriors’ defense in the final 15 minutes of the match, including Ayala’s goal, but couldn’t convert a match-tying shot.
“The field held up, but half of it was under 2 inches of water,” Elma head coach Carson Seaberg said. “Rochester played a lot of long-ball breakaways and we wanted more possession-style of offense. With the bad field, they had more of an advantage with their offense. We were right there. The boys did a good job, but there are some things we left on the field that we need to improve on.”
Seaberg cited midfielder Garrett Thomas, forward Edgar Hermenegildo and defender James Davis for their work.
Rochester won the junior varsity match, 3-2.
On Thursday, Elma (0-1) is scheduled to travel to Hoquiam.