MONTESANO — Hoquiam’s plan to attack Montesano’s goal from the opening kickoff took a few minutes to get going, but not even the rain and the muddy pitch at Rottle Field could slow it down after that.
The Grizzlies got four first-half goals from senior forward Jonathan Molina and took a 5-0 halftime lead under the rain canopy en route to a 6-0 Evergreen 1A boys soccer victory over the Bulldogs.
Edgar Fernandez and Austin Montoure scored single goals for Hoquiam (3-0), while goalkeeper Jamie Bigbie earned the shutout with four saves.
“We said, ‘Attack the goal,’ ‘Keep attacking the goal,’ because we knew something would break through,” HHS head coach Fidel Sanchez said. “That’s what we do. We try to attack and pressure to make the other team make a mistake on defense and that’s what happened tonight. We had the speed and the accuracy to do that. Tonight was another good performance, everyone played their part.”
“We were definitely over-matched, that’s for sure,” Montesano head coach Jeff Lenherr said. “That first goal changes a game. That really hurt us. Their passing was better. We needed to play our best to play with them and we made some mistakes. You can’t do that against this Hoquiam team.”
Montesano (1-2, 1-3) held the pace and possession for the first few minutes of the match, but a long ball to Molina from Osiel Rivera quickly turned the tide for Hoquiam.
On a long goal kick from Rivera, Molina ran onto the ball, beat two Montesano defenders and saw goalkeeper Brett Cooper coming out to challenge him. The senior forward slotted the ball past Cooper into an empty net for a 1-0 lead in the fourth minute.
Molina made it 2-0 when he took a speculative 50-yard long shot on goal. Cooper was off the goal line and the ball dipped under the crossbar for a 2-0 lead in the 16th minute.
From there, Hoquiam’s pressure on the Bulldogs kept them pinned into a defensive posture. Only isolated counter-attack runs were found by the hosts, but only one — a Brandon Lovell blast in the 31st minute — threatened Bigbie.
In the 34th minute, Israel Fernandez took a long-range free kick and sent it at Cooper, who saved the shot but didn’t corral the rebound. Following the play, Molina jumped on the loose ball and blasted it into the net for a 3-0 margin and a hat trick.
Three minutes later, Molina took a Montoure through ball and dribbled into the penalty area against two Montesano defenders. Molina drew a foul and a penalty kick, which Edgar Fernandez converted low right against Cooper at 4-0.
With 30 seconds left, Molina ended his scoring by turning on the ball from 35 yards out in traffic. The low shot skipped on the wet field, but Cooper was there to stop it. However, the ball squirted out from underneath him and into the goal.
Montesano’s David Sawyer nearly got the hosts on the board with a strong shot on goal against Bigbie, who smothered the shot in the 42nd minute.
Hoquiam’s Alex Munoz and Israel Fernandez also threatened Cooper before Montoure took a 35-yard shot on goal that went over Cooper and into the net to end the scoring in the 58th minute.
In the junior varsity match, Hoquiam won, 4-0. Sebastian Rodriguez scored a hat trick for HHS.
On Thursday, Hoquiam hosts Tenino, while Montesano hosts Rochester.