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Comets snap Junction City win streak

CENTRAL POINT ' When the opportunity was there, Crater made the most of it in snapping Junction City's 30-match winning streak in nonconference boys soccer action Saturday afternoon.

The defending Class 3A champion Tigers posted a 22-17 advantage in shots and managed four corner kicks to none by the Comets, yet Crater won the only numbers battle that mattered by registering a 2-1 victory.

It went back-and-forth all the way until the end of the game, said Crater coach Chris Gallegos. Both teams had some really good opportunities.

Thirteen minutes into the action, Crater goalkeeper Thomas Iboa sent a bomb upfield to forward Fernando Juarez, who gathered the ball and found easy sailing to the goal as Junction City's goalkeeper and defender ran into each other on the play.

— That made it pretty easy, Gallegos said of the breakdown.

At the 27-minute mark, the Tigers caught a break when one of Crater's defenders tripped and knocked over a Junction City forward in the penalty box. The Tigers' Ross Eschleman converted the penalty kick to even the score at 1-all.

In the 70th minute, Crater (2-0) pulled ahead for good when Paul Melgren scored off a nifty crossing pass from Eric Lillagren.

Iboa made eight saves to secure the victory against the Tigers.

They're legit for sure, Gallegos said of the Tigers, who beat Ashland 6-3 on Friday. We just had some good opportunities and the kids did well with them.

We still, as a team, have a lot of work to do, but overall it was a good win.

ASHLAND 5, CHURCHILL 0 ' At Eugene, Fabian Garcia-Flores scored two goals in leading Ashland to the nonconference victory.

Ricky Ferguson, Jeffrey McAllister and Colin Rainnsvet also scored for the Grizzlies (1-1).

Justin Greenberg posted the shutout in goal.

CORVALLIS 5, KLAMATH UNION 0 ' At Corvallis, Justin Woodward scored twice for Corvallis, including the game's first goal at the three-minute mark, to spark the nonconference win.

Corvallis had 11 shots to eight for Klamath Union (1-1).

Sweeper Matt Cornachione and forward Mario Barajas played well for the Pelicans.


CRATER 2, WILLAMETTE 0 ' At Eugene, Courtney Ratty scored just 48 seconds into the game as Crater opened the season with a nonconference win.

Sarah LaFontaine assisted on the Ratty goal and lent a hand on Janelle Stoner's score in the 65th minute to ice the game.

Goalkeeper Summer Adams turned away just four Willamette shots to preserve the shutout as the Comets led in shots on goal, 22-4.

The Comets, which had their original season-opener with Ashland called off due to lightning on Thursday, plays host to Phoenix at 4 p.m. Monday.

MCNARY 2, ROSEBURG — ' At Roseburg, Danielle Casqueiro scored two second-half goals as McNary slipped past Roseburg in nonconference play.

The Indians (1-1) grabbed a 1-0 lead after a Carli Godard goal in the 32nd minute.

Casqueiro evened the game in the 67th minute, then added the game-winner off a free kick in the final two minutes.

McNary won the shots-on-goal battle, 8-7.

HIDDEN VALLEY 2, COTTAGE GROVE — ' At Murphy, Nina Jaramillo scored one goal and assisted on another as Hidden Valley won the nonconference match.

Cottage Grove took a 1-0 lead just 2&

189; minutes into the match, but Shea Ford evened it nearly 10 minutes later after taking a pass from Jaramillo.

Jaramillo, with an assist from Erin Wilson, scored the game-winning goal at the 17th minute of the second half.

Jaramillo and Anna Hoone controlled the middle for the Mustangs (2-0), who outshot the Lions, 40-7.