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William Lee landed a first-half header goal for the St. Mary's boys soccer team and that was all it would need for its first win, a 2-0 victory over Sutherlin on Thursday at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
Other than a few long-distance clears, Crusaders goalkeeper Derek Reynolds didn't get much action at all for the as the Crusaders (1-1) had total control of the ball throughout, denying Sutherlin a legitimate shot on goal in the contest.
"Relative to our last game, we did major work to our lineup and emphasized possession," said St. Mary's coach Paul Coughlin. "As far as possession goes, we had the majority of it."
In the 25th minute, Lee cruised into the box two yards from the goal, read a cross swooping in and defected it off his head and into the back of the net to put St. Mary's up 1-0.
Michael Gambee did all the work himself to get the Crusaders' on the scoreboard in the 42nd minute. He dribbled up the left side of the field, penetrated the box and knocked in a near-post goal from 1 yard out.
Lee, in addition to his goal, had multiple shots on goal for the Crusaders, as did center defender Renzo Marchini.
GRANTS PASS 4, SHELDON 1 — At Grants Pass, sophomore forward Noah Heisser scored two goals, including the first five minutes into the match, and Casey Zottola dished out three assists to help Grants Pass open its season with an easy nonconference win.
Heisser capitalized off a double assist to give the Cavemen the early lead, and later took advantage of a nice pass from Zottola to push Grants Pass' lead to 3-1 seven minutes into the second half.
Brian Satterhwaite added a goal and an assist for Grants Pass.
Sheldon fell to 2-1.
GRANTS PASS 1, SHELDON 1, tie — At Eugene, Maci Jokumsen scored for Grants Pass in the fifth minute of a nonconference stalemate at Sheldon High.
Jokumsen's early goal came on an assist from Keeli Morse for the Cavers (0-0-1).
The Irish (1-1-1) answered in the 25th minute and both defenses did their jobs from there.
Because the contest was nonconference there was no shootout or overtime.
ST. MARY'S 5, SUTHERLIN 0 — At Sutherlin, St. Mary's Emily Alvarez and Lilli Knudsen both netted two goals and fellow sophomore Viv Juncal recorded her third straight shutout between the pipes in nonleague play.
Alvarez scored off an assist from Marybeth Barnum in the ninth minute and on a pass from Amber Moore in the 43rd minute. Knudsen earned her goals in the 26th minute off an Emily Elmore assist and in the 68th minute on a Rachel Raniele pass.
In the 60th minute, Raniele gave St. Mary's (2-0-1) a 4-0 lead after capitalizing on a penalty kick that Alvarez drew.
PHOENIX 6, ROGUE RIVER 2 — At Phoenix, Crystal Solis scored twice and four others knocked in a goal for Phoenix in nonleague play.
Lily Wilson, Ruth Rivera, Ashley Shaw and Alexis DeVeLaTorre each scored for the Pirates (1-1), who led 2-1 at halftime.
For Rogue River (0-2), Annie Teehan and Sequoia Poston both recorded a goal and an assist.