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Ashland edges Eagle Point to stay in first place

EAGLE POINT — In a meeting between the top two teams in the Midwestern League standings, it was the Ashland High boys soccer team that came out victorious.

Grizzlies sophomore Carson Pindell’s first goal of the season proved to be the game winner in the 60th minute on Tuesday night, as Ashland topped Eagle Point 3-2 to ensure that it is still the team to catch in the MWL right now.

The win kept Ashland perfect in league play, improving its record to 3-0-1 in the MWL and 5-2-2 overall.

“I think the Grizzlies played great at every position,” Ashland head coach Abdi Guled said. “This game could have gone either way, and Eagle Point played tough. They’re going to go far this season.”

Pindell has previously had three other potential goals called back this season, according to Guled, but slotted home a pass from freshman Davidson Graham into the bottom corner of the net to put the Grizzlies ahead in what was otherwise a back-and-forth game.

Eagle Point (5-2-2 overall, 1-1-2 MWL) entered Tuesday night’s matchup with 43 goals scored in its first eight games, but it was Ashland that never had to play from behind.

The Grizzlies opened the scoring in the 11th minute on the first of two first-half goals from captain Scott Gustafson.

After Eagle Point tied the game at 1-1 on a header by Jaydyn Budrow, but Gustafson got his second goal of the opening half right before the halftime whistle, giving the Grizzlies the lead once again.

Ashland has the next week and a half off before hosting North Eugene on Saturday, Oct. 13.

Contact Danny Penza at 541-776-4483 or dpenza@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter at @penzatopaper.