Crater boys open season with victory
CENTRAL POINT — Crater’s boys soccer team did the best thing possible to put the sting of a tough 2018 behind it Thursday, winning its season opener in a nonleague match against Roseburg.
Jayden Vranes had a hat trick as the Comets downed the visiting Indians, 4-1.
Last season, Crater went 2-11-1, failing to get a victory in its final eight games.
Against Roseburg, Vranes, a senior forward, tallied an unassisted goal at 11:36 to knot the score. Roseburg struck first inside the opening four minutes.
Vranes scored again at 24:19, with an assist from Jacob Harnois, to make it 2-1 at halftime. His final goal came at 58:25, courtesy of a Ben Plankenhorn assist.
Harnois made it 4-1 with goal just before the match ended.
CRATER 2, ROSEBURG 0: At Roseburg, Allison Waters broke a scoreless tie late in the second half to kick-start Crater’s season-opening nonleague win.
Waters drove downfield and popped a shot into an upper corner in the 68th minute to put the Comets in front, 1-0. They added another score five minutes later when Kayleigh Gugliotta found Montana Smith for a goal.
Crater went 4-6-4 overall in 2018.
ETNA 3, ST. MARY’S 0: At Etna, Calif., St. Mary’s opened the season with a nonleague loss, 25-21, 25-13, 25-14.
The Crusaders’ Natalie Thickett contributed six kills and led the team in passing. Abbie Christman earned eight kills and created a presence at the net on defense. Grace Johnson had but one setting error with 10 assists. Ainsley Dunn and Payal Mistry also played well for St. Mary’s.