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Grizzlies' season ends with loss to West Albany

ALBANY — West Albany got untracked with a couple of howitzer shots late in the first half on its way to claiming a 4-1 win over the Ashland High girls soccer team in the first round of the Class 5A state tournament on Tuesday night.

Ashland, the 11th seed, ended the season with a 7-6-2 record.

West Albany, seeded sixth, is 9-3-1 and will next face the Hood River Valley-Wilsonville winner in the quarterfinals.

Ashland struck first with a goal in the opening minute. Mary Wilson booted a long free kick, and it was flicked by Ini Hammond to Mya Holzshu, who deposited the ball in the goal.

For the first 30 minutes, the Grizzlies were in control, said coach Eric Wolff. Then the Bulldogs charged back.

West Albany’s first threatening shot was in the 35th minute, a long free kick that squeezed into the upper corner of the goal to knot the score.

Only a minute later, the Bulldogs converted after another long free kick bounced around in the box. West Albany emerged with possession and a quick score.

The host made it 3-1 in the 53rd, then tallied again on a counterattack in the waning minutes despite valiant play by Grizzlies senior goalkeeper Nina Munson as Ashland focused on offense.