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Grizzlies beat Eagle Point to snap winless streak

EAGLE POINT — Rain was plentiful across the Rogue Valley on Wednesday afternoon. Come nighttime, goals were raining down for the Ashland High girls soccer team.

Behind first-half deluge of goals, Ashland was able to put its six-game winless streak to bed, as the Grizzlies rolled to a 7-2 blowout win over Eagle Point to pick up their first Midwestern League victory of the season.

“Definitely, it’s always a nice thing,” Ashland head coach Eric Wolff said when asked about the Grizzlies’ season-high goal output. “Eagle Point is really inexperienced this year, but they always work hard and always fight. We always go into the Eagle Point game with a lot of confidence. Eagle Point gives us a lot of time (on the ball). The Eugene schools are much more physical. We had seven goals in 33 minutes, so we were able to put some good things together.”

Ashland (2-6-1 overall, 1-2-1 MWL) got a pair of goals from freshman Emmeline Clark and junior Mary Wilson.

Another freshman, Sachi Moran, opened the scoring for the Grizzlies, while seniors Lily Annen and Raisa Rich also got on the score sheet in the first half. Freshman Luna Wilhelm recorded a pair of assists in the win.

Ashland had scored just four goals during its month-long winless streak.

By the time halftime arrived at Eagle Stadium, the Grizzlies were already ahead 7-1.

Eagle Point (0-8, 0-4) did achieve something it hadn’t all season in the first half — the Eagles’ goal marked the first time they found the back of the net this season.

Like the Ashland boys team, the Grizzlies have a week-and-a-half off until their next game, hosting North Eugene (7-0-2, 2-0-1) — the MWL’s first-place team — on Saturday, Oct. 13.

“We’ve got to keep practicing and we have a lot of things we need to keep working on,” Wolff said. “We have a young team and they have a lot of things to work on. No matter if our next game is two days away or a week away, we need to keep improving.”

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

Larry Stauth Jr./For the Daily TidingsAshland High junior Mary Wilson (2) watches the on-rushing Eagle Point defender after passing the ball to teammate Karis Lee at Eagle Stadium on Wednesday night.
Larry Stauth Jr./For the Daily TidingsAshland High freshman Emmeline Clark (7) dribbles upfield past an Eagle Point defender during the first half of Wednesday night’s game at Eagle Stadium.