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The North Medford boys soccer team scored three first-half goals en route to a 4-1 victory over Ashland in nonconference play Monday. It was the Grizzlies' first loss of season.
Fluid ball movement helped the Black Tornado (7-1-2) find its rhythm on offense early with a pair of goals over the first eight minutes.
After Garret Byrd put the Black Tornado on the board with a goal in the fourth minute on a set-up from Manuel Mejia, Daniel Schuler found Carter Ehlers on the left side of the goal. Ehlers gathered and kicked the ball at the back post over the head of Ashland's goalkeeper and into the net in the eighth minute.
One minute before the intermission, Christian Siordia found the net from 20-yards out on a drop pass from Rene Torres-Mata, which gave the Black Tornado a 3-0 first-half cushion.
North Medford's Louis Michelon added a goal on a penalty kick in the 65th minute and goalkeeper Matt Van Horn had six saves.
Gabe Young helped the Grizzlies (4-1-2) avert a shutout with a penalty kick at the 55-minute mark.
NORTH MEDFORD 2, ASHLAND 0 — At Ashland, Amanda Hisey saved cold-shooting North Medford with a pair of goals and the Black Tornado did the rest at North Mountain Park.
Hisey weaved her way past the back line of the defense and placed her first goal inside the far post at the 12-minute mark. She found the net again in the 64th minute on a volley off Halley Folsom's on-target corner kick.
Bailey O'Connor recorded the shutout in goal with two saves for the Black Tornado (5-1-1), who outshot Ashland (4-2-1), 14-4.