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Eagles, Pirates battle to 0-0 tie

EAGLE POINT -- Tim Sweeney remembers losing to Phoenix 5-0 last year. Sothe Eagle Point coach was using Tuesday night's non-conference girls soccermatch against the Pirates at Eagles Stadium as an indicator of his team'sprogress since then.And Sweeney was very encouraged with the results -- a 0-0 tie.Phoenix just pounded us last year, Sweeney said. To beable to shut them out is a real positive sign for our program.Sweeney knew Eagle Point's main chore would be to control all-state honorablemention midfielder Liz Rennick, who burned the Eagles for multiple goalslast year, and Lisa Perry.The thing that sticks out for our team was freshman defenders MichelleMorton and Christina Clifford, Sweeney said. Michelle was markingLiz Rennick and Christina was marking Lisa Perry. They held Perry to fourshots and Rennick to three for the whole match.Eagle Point junior sweeper Lori Oakley and junior goal Katie Stanley didan excellent job on the defensive end.She (Oakley) did not allow a single breakaway opportunity, Sweeneysaid. She kept all the Phoenix attackers in front of her and keptforcing them to the outside.Katy was on her toes. She was coming off her line and picking up looseballs. She stopped a lot of their offense before the shot was taken.The Pirates responded with an effective defensive job on the Eagles' topthreat, sophomore Stephanie Lucas, who was limited to four shots.Phoenix outshot the Eagles, 13-7, and each team had five corner kicks.The game was mostly played in the midfield area, said Sweeney.Phoenix certainly had a few more runs at the goal than we had, butneither team established dominance.After going winless last season and getting outscored 74-22, Eagle Pointdemonstrated it has upgraded its program.The girls don't want to go through another season like last year,Sweeney said. We've got the girls believing they can compete withanybody. And this was real important to confirm that.GRANTS PASS 9, CRATER 0 -- At Grants Pass, freshman Stephanie Clubb ledthe Cavers' assault with the first four goals of the game as Grants Passtook a 5-0 halftime lead.Clubb finished with five goals, Erica Bowers added two and Krystal Hopkinsand Erin Woolley had one each.The Grants Pass (3-0) defense was sparked by Annie Biscarret and CrystalBigboy.KLAMATH UNION 4, MAZAMA — -- At Klamath Falls, Jennifer Ostrick scored twogoals to lead the Pelicans past archrival Mazama in a non-league contest.Klamath Union (1-0-1), which scored all four of its goals in the first half,also received goals from Dana Buchanan and Summer Stewart.Sarah Guetzloe had Mazama's (0-2) lone goal.ASHLAND 4, HENLEY — -- At Ashland, the Grizzlies prevailed in a non-conferencematch against a Skyline Conference opponent.BoysMCKINLEYVILLE, Calif. 7, EAGLE POINT — -- At Eureka, Calif., McKinleyvilleraced to a 4-0 halftime lead and cruised home to defeat Eagle Point.Ryan Bray scored Eagle Point's lone goal off an assist from Austin Hansen.The Eagles (1-2) will play Crater on Saturday in non-league action.GRANTS PASS 2, CRATER 0 -- At Central Point, Obie Strickler scored bothGrants Pass goals within one minute, 45 seconds of each other in the firsthalf.A depleted Crater squad has lost six starters so far this season to injuriesor other reasons.Grants Pass outshot Crater 24-7.ROSEBURG 1, NORTH BEND — -- At North Bend, Nate Adkins' goal with just overtwo minutes left helped the Indians earn a tie with North Bend in non-leagueaction.The tie gives Roseburg a 1-1-1 preseason record.Chris Thornburgh notched the Bulldogs' goal four minutes into the firsthalf.