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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.