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Grants Pass boys notch 2-0 soccer triumph


-- A solid defensive effort made a goal in each half stand up Friday as the Grants Pass boys soccer team opened its season with 2-0 non-conference victory over Eureka (Calif.) at Mel Ingram Field.

Junior midfielder Andrew Purser connected on a 40-yard direct kick from the center of the field 14 minutes into the contest.

I don't think the goalie thought Andrew could challenge him, Grants Pass coach Scott Gottula said. But Andrew looked him off a couple of directions and kicked it right over his head.

Senior midfielder Joe Loomis scored from 12 yards out from the left side midway through the second half, taking a pass from Ian Erikson.

Senior fullback Alann Garibay, junior sweeper Logan Cross and sophomore fullback Nevin Williams played critical roles in shutting out the Loggers.

We had a good effort, but Like any first game we learned what we have to improve on, Gottula said. We were able to make mistakes able to do a lot of decent things.

Eureka defeated Grants Pass' girls, 2-1.