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ASHLAND — Junior varsity call-up David Lehrburger made the most of his first varsity action, scoring two goals to lead the Ashland High boys soccer team to a 5-1 win over Eagle Point in Class 5A Southern Oregon Hybrid boys soccer action Thursday at Ashland Middle School.
Lehrburger, a sophomore fullback, dribbled past a defender before connecting on a low, hard shot in the box to give the Grizzlies a 3-1 lead in the 26th minute. He later finished off a scramble in the box for the final margin in the 69th.
"We have some nice JV players coming up and (Lehrburger's) one of them," Ashland head coach Brad Roupp said. "He's a solid defender and was able to get up into our attack, and he was cool and collected."
The game was the first of two this season between the 5A SOH rivals, who face off again Oct. 30 in Eagle Point. A win there would clinch for the Grizzlies (5-5) the league title.
Ashland senior halfback Diego Harrison had a goal and two assists, including a nice pass that led directly to the first goal of the game in the third minute by freshman Stenley Graham. Senior halfback Zahara Moyers-Cullumbine added a goal and an assist in a dominant effort by the Grizzlies.
"We just overwhelmed them," Roupp said. "We came at them pretty hard, and we knew that if we pushed hard and played tough defense we could shake them up a bit."
ASHLAND 4, EAGLE POINT 0 — At Eagle Point, Sadie Bailey scored two goals to give her four goals in Ashland's last two games as the Grizzlies stayed hot in the Class 5A SOH clash.
Bailey scored in the 16th minute off an assist by Ia Balbuena and in the 70th off an assist by Jessica Harrower.
Also for the Grizzlies, Kasydie Winner, a freshman midfielder, connected off a cross by Harrower in the 32nd minute to give the Grizzlies a 2-0 halftime lead, and Faci Graham blasted home a shot from just outside the penalty box in the 59th.
Ashland (5-5-1) has won four of its last five games to get back to .500. Eagle Point (1-7-2) hasn't won a game since Sept. 18.