Preps: Grizzlies down Eagles, end skid
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.”
ST. MARY’S 9, ILLINOIS VALLEY 1: At Cave Junction, Maddie Wheelock had three goals and three assists, Meghan Michels scored three goals and the Crusaders cruised to their seventh win in a row in the District 5 game.
Emma Bennion, Grace Weber and Zoe Young also scored for St. Mary’s (7-1, 4-0 Dist. 5), while Gabi Castillo dished out two assists.
St. Mary’s led 5-0 at halftime, as IV fell to 3-3-1 overall and 0-3 in District 5.
LAKEVIEW 4, ROGUE RIVER 0: Lakeview won for the third time in its last four games to improve to 6-1-1 overall, 3-1 in District 5.
Rogue River suffered its second straight loss and fell to 4-4 overall, 1-2 in District 5.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 6, LAKEVIEW 1: At Lakeview, forward Jonny McCoy recorded a hat trick in the first half and Sam Preszler added a pair of second-half goals as the Challengers dominated the District 5 game.
McCoy added two assists — one on a feed to Preszler and another to senior defensive midfielder Levi Ellerbeck. Ty Whitman scored in the second half for the Honkers (1-7-1, 1-6-1 Dist. 5), who were outshot 18-6.
ST. MARY’S 10, PAISLEY 0: Nathan Sternenberg had two goals and two assists and Luka Cvjanovic had a hat trick as St. Mary’s had no trouble claiming its eighth win in a row at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
William Kranenburg scored in the opening minute to set the tone for the Crusaders (8-0-1, 8-0 Dist. 5), who have ran the table since a season-opening tie with Catlin Gabel. Cvjanovic notched his first goal and the team’s third later in the first half and scored his second in the 57th minute and third in the 78th off an assist by Sternenberg.
Sternenberg did all his damage after halftime, playing a part in four consecutive St. Mary’s goals in the 60th, 70th, 76th and 78th minutes.
Paisley fell to 4-4.