Winning the Southern Cascade League title seemed like a pretty bold goal this spring considering the recent history of the Cascade Christian...
The St. Mary's girls soccer team capped off a perfect run through its District 4 schedule by beating Cascade Christian 6-0 at U.S. Cellular Community Park on Saturday.
Five different players scored for the Crusaders (10-2-3, 8-0 Dist. 4), who led 2-0 at halftime.
"Today was just a well-balanced performance from position to position, front line to back line and side to side," St. Mary's head coach Dave Potter said. "We moved the ball thoroughly and around the field and everybody made significant contributions."
Emily Elmore knocked in the final two goals of the match, and Erika Peterson, Marybeth Barnum, Lilli Knudsen and Emily Alvarez also scored.
In the 30th minute, Peterson collected a throw-in from Rachel Raniele and placed the ball to the right of the Cascade Christian goalkeeper and into the net. Six minutes later, a McKenna Barnum corner kick led to her sister Marybeth side-volleying a shot in.
McKenna Barnum found Knudsen in deep traffic near the goal on a corner kick and Knudsen capitalized in the 50th.
Raniele assisted on Alvarez's score in the 60th and Kricket Lyle played up a pass to Elmore in the 64th, resulting in St. Mary's fifth goal.
Eight minutes later, Emily VanValkenburg touched the ball to Marybeth Barnum, who played a one-touch to Elmore to help finish off the buildup.
The Challengers (8-5-1, 3-4 Dist. 4) next face Illinois Valley on Tuesday.
GLIDE 4, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0 — At Glide, muddy terrain made for a challenge but Glide netted a pair of goals in each half to earn the District 4 win.
Kali Vickery and Caroline Brown scored in the first half and Shelby Thompson and Kaitlyn Vian found the net in the second half for Glide (10-2, 5-2 Dist. 4).
The Cougars dropped to 2-5 in league and 5-7 overall despite a solid showing on the road.
ASHLAND 4, CRATER 0 — At Central Point, Jessica Harrower, Samanthan Lilley and Faci Graham each scored in the first half to give Ashland an early advantage en route to the nonleague victory.
Graham assisted Harrower's goal in the 12th minute, while Julia Wilson got the assist for Lilley's goal in the 31st and Ia Balduena earned the assist one minute later on Graham's goal.
Sadie Bailey scored on a crossing effort in the 65th minute to close out the scoring for Ashland (7-5-1). Crater dropped to 1-12-1.
GRANTS PASS 0, ROSEBURG 0 — At Grants Pass, both teams had several opportunities to score, even with a clear net, but couldn't finish as Grants Pass and Roseburg settled for a tie in the SOH finale at Mel Ingram Field.
Goalkeepers Britney Rice (GP) and Mariessa Robles (Roseburg) kept a clean sheet with some good efforts of their own.
The tie kept Roseburg (6-5-2, 5-1-2 SOH) from seizing an opportunity to claim the SOH title after North Medford's loss, with the Indians having to settle for second with 17 points earned compared to 18 by the Black Tornado.
Grants Pass (4-6-4, 2-4-2) will face a play-in game on Tuesday against an opponent to be determined.
HIDDEN VALLEY 1, NORTH VALLEY 0, OT — At Merlin, Hidden Valley's Dakota Carpenter carried the ball up the field after receiving it from Cedar Wilkening and netted the game's only goal four minutes into the first 10-minute overtime period.
Morgan Hansen preserved the shutout in goal from there as the Mustangs improved to 7-3 in Skyline play and 10-4 overall. North Valley dropped to 4-6 and 7-6-1.
MAZAMA 5, KLAMATH UNION 0 — At Klamath Falls, Mazama wrapped up the Skyline Conference title with a runaway win that improved the Vikings to 10-0 in conference and 13-0-1 overall.