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Eagles win with Cherry on top

GRANTS PASS-- Stephanie Lucas has been the story for Eagle Point girls soccer this season.

But junior goalie Tiffany Cherry shared the heroics with the Eagles' high-scoring senior forward in Thursday's 2-1 Southern Oregon Conference victory over Grants Pass.

Cherry had an incredible 29 saves as the Eagles were outshot 53-9.

She (Cherry) was a vaccuum cleaner back there, Eagle Point coach Tim Sweeney said. Tiffany does a great job of playing the ball inside the penalty area. She comes out and makes things happen. Her aggressive play threw them off. They kept shooting from further and further away as the game went on because they had trouble beating her.

The only shot Cherry failed to stop was a goal by Grants Pass freshman Alicia Gomez 21 minutes into the second half to cut the Eagles' lead to 2-1.

That was Tiffany's only mistake of the game, said Sweeney. After that she really got fired up and wasn't going to let anything else go in. In the last 20 minutes, she was under siege.

Eagle Point sweeper Michelle Morton made a big defensive play near the end of the first period to help preserve a 0-0 halftime tie.

Then Lucas took over early in the second half. Lucas scored a pair of goals -- a school record 34th and 35th of the season -- six minutes apart for all the scoring the Eagles would need.

Lucas, who now has 95 career goals, converted on a breakaway from about 12 yards out seven minutes into the second half, then boomed one into the upper corner of the net from 25 yards.

The victory guaranteed Eagle Point (7-2-1, 2-1 SOC) its first winning season in girls soccer and also marked the first time the Eagles have won as many as two SOC games.