EAGLE POINT — Joel Garcia got loose for a hat trick and Marist dealt Eagle Point a 5-0 loss in Midwestern League boys soccer Saturday at Eagle Stadium.
Garcia registered one goal in the first half to help the Spartans to a 2-0 lead at the break.
“We could not contain their crafty forward (Garcia),” said Eagle Point coach Matt Soper.
Marist (6-3, 2-0 MWL) kept the pressure on the Eagles (3-5, 1-1) and took advantage of a big edge in corner kicks.
“We couldn’t clear the ball out,” said Soper, “and eventually a good team will make you pay for it.”
Soper also had praise for Marist all-league goalie Connor Fitzpatrick, who registered seven saves.
Eagle Point freshman Elvis Cisneros was a stalwart against the Spartan attack and Jaydyn Budrow, a sophomore forward, accounted for four shots.
“Elvis was holding down the fort,” said Soper. “And Jaydyn was creating most of the havoc and getting our scoring opportunities.”
SOUTH EUGENE 5, SOUTH MEDFORD 1: South Medford took an early lead but visiting South Eugene came back to go up 2-1 at halftime in the Southwest Conference matchup.
Sophomore Ruben Rodriguez put the Panthers (2-6, 2-5 SWC) ahead on a penalty kick midway through the first half.
Kam Calhoun, a sophomore midfielder, caused the penalty kick by receiving a through ball in the box and being fouled from behind.
The Panthers received strong play on the backline from Calvin Whitley, Enrique Tovar and Justice Evans.
South Eugene (7-2, 6-1) outshot the Panthers, 11-10.
GRANTS PASS 1, WILLAMETTE 0: At Grants Pass, John Paul Allen scored on a header off an assist by Parker Lauffenburger in the 11th minute to lead Grants Pass to the SWC victory at Mel Ingram Field.
A back line of Stephen Willey, Christian Pendleton, Lauffenburger and Jayden Reeves helped the Cavemen (6-1-2, 5-0-2 SWC) keep Willamette (3-3-1, 1-3-1) off the scoreboard. Teagen Brown-McPherson was in goal for GP in the first half before Tobias D’Amato took over in the second half.
ASHLAND 5, THURSTON 1: At Ashland, senior Ben Lucero scored a pair of goals and assisted on another as Ashland cruised to the MWL victory.
Lucero helped open the scoring in the second minute with a steal near midfield that allowed him to set up Jahnoi Hall, who converted from 10 yards out. Lucero tallied his first goal in the 30th minute after receiving a through ball from Ian Rinefort and then following up his own shot. His final goal came in the 46th minute following another through ball by Rinefort.
Declan Hinkley scored off an assist by Rinefort in the 52nd minute and Joe Holden tacked on a goal in the 61st minute with an assist to Scott Gustafson for the Grizzlies (6-1-2, 2-0 MWL).
Thurston’s lone goal came in the 32nd minute when Josue Raymundo cut the Colts’ deficit to 2-1 at halftime.
NORTH EUGENE 6, CRATER 0: At Eugene, North Eugene started fast — scoring three goals in the first 10 minutes — and kept Crater winless in Midwestern League play.
The Highlanders (1-6-1, 1-1 MWL) led 5-0 at halftime.
The Comets fell to 0-2 in MWL and 2-5-1 overall.
ST. MARY’S 5, LAKEVIEW 2: At Lakeview, Kaleb Weston-Wharton assisted on the first three St. Mary’s goals in the District 5 road game.
Winless Lakeview (0-8, 0-6 Dist. 5) scored first — in the seventh minute — before the Crusaders (5-1, 5-0) answered back quickly on the first of two first-half goals by Justin Silsbee.
Weston Grant and Luka Cvijanovic also scored in the first half.
Preston Jernigan added a goal and an assist for the Crusaders and Milan Bobek had one assist.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 9, ROGUE RIVER 0: Zach Booker and Ryan Vidlak combined for seven of Cascade Christian’s goals in the District 5 game at U.S. Cellular Park.
Vidlak tallied the first goal in the third minute and by the 29th minute the Challengers (5-2, 4-2 Dist. 5) had built a 5-0 lead.
Booker, a senior midfielder, finished with four goals — three in the first half — and the senior forward Vidlak had three goals and two assists in the game.
Cascade Christian also got goals from Justin Fairbanks and Cody Havinear, with Sam Preszler contributing three assists.