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Eagles win MWL boys soccer opener

EAGLE POINT — Martin Hernandez scored a goal and helped Eagle Point control the midfield as the Eagles opened Midwestern League boys soccer action with a 4-1 victory against North Eugene at Eagle Stadium Friday.

The Eagles (4-3, 1-0 MWL) led 1-0 at halftime due to Cody Silani’s penalty kick in the 31st minute.

Eagle Point capitalized on another goal by a penalty kick in the 58th minute by Alex Angel.

North Eugene (1-6, 0-3) scored on an own goal by the Eagles to cut the margin to 2-1 in the 67th minute.

Edgar Bravo tallied an unassisted goal in the 71st minute for the Eagles. Then Hernandez, a freshman midfielder, scored on a solo effort from 15 yards away to complete the scoring.

“(Hernandez) was giving a 100 percent effort,” said Eagle Point coach Matt Soper. “Everything he did was with a purpose.”

Volleyball

CHURCHILL 3, CRATER 0: At Eugene, Crater could not get any momentum going against host Churchill and dropped a straight set Midwestern League road match, 25-16, 25-12, 25-17.

The Comets (9-5, 4-2 MWL) received seven kills on seven swings from senior middle blocker Makayla York. Nicole Morse, a Crater senior outside, provided 11 kills and nine digs, sophomore libero Rane Jensen came up with 12 digs and sophomore Jadyn Carother contributed 23 assists.

Churchill improved to 5-2 in league play and evened its record to 6-6 overall.

MARIST 3, EAGLE POINT 0: At Eagle Point, junior outside hitter Claire Hoffman led a strong frontline as visiting Marist remained undefeated with a 25-11, 25-14, 25-11 MWL victory.

Eagle Point (2-11, 0-7 MWL) received five kills, five assists and eight digs from junior Ryleigh Gainey. Emmalee Stevens had 10 digs and Aly Scheffler added four kills and three digs for the Eagles.

Hoffman pounded eight kills for top-ranked Marist (9-0, 6-0).

PROSPECT 3, CHILOQUIN 0: At Chiloquin, Baley VanWormer accounted for 12 of Prospect’s 23 aces as the Cougars claimed their first Mountain Valley League win.

VanWormer, a senior middle hitter, also had seven blocks for the Cougars (5-3, 1-3 MVL), who picked up 10 assists from freshman setter Lexy Stockebrand.

Cross Country

HARRIER’S CHALLENGE: At Cottage Grove, the Crater girls won the seven-team title with 50 points, while the boys were fourth with 84.

For the girls, the Comets’ Maggie Lacey was second in 21 minutes, 48 seconds, and Gracen Hokansen was fourth in 22:15.

Gage Reed placed 12th to lead the Crater boys in 18:24.