Grizzlies spread the wealth in victory
ASHLAND — Six Ashland players scored as the Grizzlies' girls soccer team pounded Eagle Point, 7-2, in a valuable Class 5A Southern Oregon Hybrid victory at North Mountain Park on Tuesday.
The top regular-season finisher between Ashland and Eagle Point automatically qualifies for the state playoffs as the hybrid's No. 1 seed, while the loser advances to the play-in stage in the all-inclusive OSAA plan.
The two squads play just one more match on Oct. 26.
"(The matchup with Eagle Point) becomes very huge," Ashland head coach Eric Wolff said. "We have traditionally been successful against Eagle Point, but when there is more weight on the games, you never know. We went in confident and played as a team. They showed me a lot today."
Ashland's Montana Pindell scored in the 10th minute. About a minute later, Aspen Wolff netted a goal on an assist by Ari Hunter. Katelyn Walker booted in a 30-yard shot in the 12th minute to give the Grizzlies a 3-0 lead.
After Sarah Lilley knocked in a goal for the Eagles in the 24th minute, Sarah Cotton scored nine minutes later for Ashland (2-0).
Kaylee Tuttle netted a goal in the 45th minute to get Eagle Point (0-3) off to a hot second-half start, trimming the Grizzlies' advantage to two goals.
But Ashland rattled off three straight scores — including goals by Annika Hearn in the 62nd minute and Kysa McSky in the 80th — to pull away.
Ashland goalkeeper Rinchen Thomas faced seven shots on goal, while the Grizzlies offense recorded 19.
"The girls played a little hurt," Eagle Point head coach Evan Pogue said. "The girls who were out there were playing in new positions and we were just lacking a little bit of depth. The girls who were out there gave me 80 minutes of everything they had, and that's all I can ask for. They played their hearts out."
KLAMATH UNION 1, CRATER 0 — At Klamath Falls, an off-target day doomed Crater as Klamath Union took advantage, scoring on a breakaway in the second half to seal the nonconference victory.
Alisha Luna blasted home the winning goal in the 60th minute for the Pelicans, who were outshot by the Comets (0-2), 12-4.
Crater also had possession 64 percent of the contest.
- THURSTON 3, ROSEBURG 2 — At Springfield, Thurston charged to a 3-0 halftime lead, but goals by Tristen Gilbert (assisted by Danni Buechley) and Sierra Underwood in the second half closed the gap for Roseburg (0-2) in the nonconference match.
- NORTH VALLEY 9, SOUTH UMPQUA 0 — At Merlin, Venessa D'Arpino had a hat trick to lead North Valley to the nonconference win.
Ashley Brown notched two goals and two assists for the Knights (3-0).
ST. MARY'S 5, PHOENIX 0 — St. Mary's scored four goals in the first 15 minutes, including two by Mackenzie Krieser, of the nonconference contest at U.S. Cellular.
Krieser tallied in the third and ninth minutes, getting an assist from Anna Thorndike on the first. Krieser scored the final goal in the 59th minute.
Thorndike powered in goals in the 14th and 15th minutes. She was assisted by Abby Steinsiek on the latter.
The Crusaders' (3-0) shutout came courtesy of Gina Barbieri and Lauren Angel.
MAZAMA 4, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 0 — At Klamath Falls, Mazama's Karena Foust scored twice in the second half of the nonconference match.
The Vikings got first-half goals from Kylie Durant and Hannah Reynolds.
Jenna George had a busy afternoon in goal for the Challengers (0-1-2), making 15 saves.
ASHLAND 9, EAGLE POINT 0 — At Eagle Point, Ashland won the first of two matches that will determine Class 5A playoff seeding in the Southern Oregon Hybrid.
Ian Murray scored three first-half goals, added two assists and helped the Grizzlies take a 5-0 halftime edge.
Ashland is 2-0 and Eagle Point 1-2.
Simon Jensen added two goals and an assist. Dakota Wolff and Zahara Cullumbine each had a goal and an assist, and Chris Landt and Dylan Molnar tallied goals.
KLAMATH UNION 4, CRATER 0 — At Central Point, Crater hung with Klamath Union until an injury left the Comets with only 10 men on the field in the second half as the Pelicans captured the nonconference victory.
Center midfielder Adrian Rogger had five shots on goal to lead the Comets (0-2), who outshot KU 12-8 and possessed the ball about 65 percent of the game.
Fellow center midfielder Anthony Zamora also played well for the Comets.
PHOENIX 4, ST. MARY'S 1 — Jalisco Macias had a goal and an assist as Phoenix evened its record at 1-1 with the nonconference win at U.S. Cellular.
Macias scored on a penalty kick in the 15th minute after being taken down in the box. His assist to David Espana in the 27th minute helped forge a 2-1 halftime lead.
After Hunter Sunitsch scored on an Espana assist in the 44th minute, Macias again was tackled in the box. This time, Omar Iboa scored on the PK.
St. Mary's (2-1) tallied first, getting a PK from Juan Becerra-Felix in the ninth minute.
NORTH VALLEY 6, SOUTH UMPQUA 0 — At Myrtle Creek, Jordan Crouse scored twice for North Valley (1-1).
Crouse's goals were in the seventh and 15th minutes. The first was set up by Manuel Miramontes, who had a pair of assists to go with a score at the 20-minute mark.
Isaih McLittle scored the first goal in the sixth minute and added an assist.
Goalkeeper Ryan Clarkin made six saves to preserve the shutout, who led 5-0 at halftime.
ROGUE RIVER 1, SUTHERLIN 0 — At Sutherlin, Shawn Donahue scored on a penalty kick in the 55th minute after being fouled in the box in the nonconference game.
The Chieftains (2-2) had 14 shots to Sutherlin's seven.
Rogue River goalkeeper Tyler Donahue made five saves.