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Girls Soccer: Crusaders do it again

St. Mary’s senior forward Meghan Michels posted three goals and one assist to help the Crusaders girls soccer team wrap up its 11th straight conference championship Saturday with a 7-1 win over Illinois Valley at U.S. Cellular Community Park.

It was Michels’ seventh hat trick this season for St. Mary’s (11-1, 8-0 Dist. 5), which wrapped up regular season play winning 11 straight after a season-opening loss to Catlin Gabel.

St. Mary’s has now gone an impressive 97-3 in league play since 2008, including nine undefeated campaigns.

Emma Bennion scored twice and fellow seniors Ibixica Alvarez and Gabi Castillo each added one goal and one assist.

Sophomores Mia Castillo and Ainsley Gibbs each had an assist for the Crusaders, who open the Class 3A/2A/1A state playoffs with the state’s No. 2 power ranking on Oct. 31.

GRANTS PASS 2, ROSEBURG 0: At Roseburg, Grants Pass kept Roseburg winless in SWC play with the shutout at Finlay Field in the final regular season game for both teams.

Grants Pass (8-4-2, 5-4-1 SWC) finishes in fourth place in the conference, while Roseburg completes the season 3-10-1 and 0-10 in conference.

ASHLAND 1, CHURCHILL 1: At Eugene, Ashland senior Nicole Mullen scored on a rebound effort after a corner kick but the Grizzlies had to settle for a tie in Midwestern League play.

Mullen scored in the 37th minute for Ashland (3-7-2, 2-3-2 MWL), but Churchill countered with 20 seconds left in the half for an equalizer after a long direct kick off the crossbar resulted in a rebound goal.

Nina Munson posted 14 saves for the Grizzlies, with each team having second-half chances to go ahead but were denied at each turn.

NORTH EUGENE 8, EAGLE POINT 0: At Eugene, Maci Noble nearly cracked the goal for Eagle Point but the visiting Eagles were turned away in the Midwestern League contest.

North Eugene (9-1-3, 4-1-2 MWL) went up 5-0 at halftime on the Eagles (1-11, 0-7) to win going away.

LAKEVIEW 8, ROGUE RIVER 1: At Lakeview, Rogue River dropped to 6-7 overall and 2-5 in District 5 play with the road loss.

Lakeview wrapped up second place in District 5, moving to 8-3-1 overall and 5-3 in league.

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