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Graham nets 4, Grizzlies roll past Crater

It was one-way traffic heading toward the Crater goal Thursday night. And it was freshman striker Davidson Graham leading the charge.

Graham grabbed a first-half hat trick within the opening 30 minutes of the Ashland boys soccer team’s 9-0 win over Crater at Walter A. Phillips Field — and only kept going.

Before the opening half of play came to a close, Graham had scored his team’s first four goals, the final coming on a looping left-footed shot over the on-rushing Crater goalkeeper that took one bounce right in front of the goal line and up into the roof of the goal.

With the win, Ashland took back sole possession of first place in the Midwestern League after Springfield had pulled even with the Grizzlies 24 hours earlier with an identical 4-0-1 record. Ashland (7-2-2 overall, 5-0-1 MWL) has two more league games remaining — this Saturday on the road against Churchill and then the regular-season finale against Springfield on Saturday, Oct. 27.

Crater fell to 2-9 overall and 0-6 in the MWL.

Ashland took a 5-0 lead into halftime thanks to a goal by Simon Cropper off a nice pass by Carson Pindell after some fancy footwork in the 18-yard box.

Pindell (assisted by Scott Gustafson), Julian Lull, Samuel Austin and Trevor Fulton all scored goals in the second half.

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