PREP SOCCER: Eagle Point keeps on winning
EAGLE POINT — Eagle Point boys soccer coach Juan Palomares expected good things from his team this fall.
But maybe not quite this good.
The Eagles improved to 6-1 with a 3-0 victory over Henley in nonconference play on Tuesday.
Eagle Point’s six wins are twice as many as any other Class 5A team in the state. They are ninth in the OSAA rankings. Henley is the No. 10 Class 4A team and has a 1-1 record.
“It’s going surprisingly well,” said Palomares. “I had high hopes for this team but what they’ve shown me, not just the way they’ve played but the way they get along together, has been really surprising. Not only a lot better than I expected but I think better than they expected as well.”
The transition Tuesday from the first half to the second was a bit of a window into the Eagles’ season: They got better as they went.
Mathew Angel scored in the 25th minute to put the Eagles on top. But it wasn’t until the second half that things began to click.
“I think the first half was a little tough for us to figure out their style of play,” said Palomares. “But once we got into the second half, we pretty much dominated.”
“From what I’ve seen from this group of boys,” he added, “every single game, we seem to be improving, fixing previous mistakes and improving overall as a unit.”
Eagle Point’s second goal came unassisted by Wemar Cervantes-Kerns.
Cervantes-Kern tallied again in the 67th minute, volleying in a corner kick.
“It was beautiful,” said Palomares. “a perfectly timed volley. It was nice.”
Centerback Keith Villegas Sanchez paced the defense, and goalkeeper Giovanni Rodriguez made a key save.
GRANTS PASS 3, MOUNTAIN VIEW 2: At Grants Pass, Grants Pass grabbed a 3-0 halftime lead but needed to hold off Mountain View’s second-half rally to pick up its first victory of the season.
The Cavemen (1-2-1) scored all three of their goals in the first 22 minutes before Mountain View made things interesting with goals in the 69th and 76th minutes.
Cade Anderson put the Cavemen on the scoreboard in the third minute and Trevor Park added another two minutes later on an assist from Sterling Willey.
Willey also assisted on Zach Olson’s header goal in the 22nd minute on a corner kick.
PHOENIX 2, ASHLAND 1: At Ashland, Phoenix scored the first two goals in claiming the nonconference win.
The Pirates scored on a direct kick by Jorge Mejia in the 34th minute and on a penalty kick in the 58th by Randy Rodriguez.
Ashland’s goal was by Davidson Graham in the 66th minute.
Phoenix is 2-1 and Ashland is 3-2.
CRATER 1, PHOENIX 1, tie: At Central Point, Kayleigh Gugliotta scored on a header to give Crater the lead in the 50th minute but Phoenix moments later which led to a nonconference tie.
Gugliotta drove header into the net off of a throw in from teammate Allison Waters to break the scoreless tie.
The Pirates (1-0-1) knotted the score 1-all on a goal by Sandra Villa during a scramble in the box in the 62nd minute. Alex Hernandez assisted on the Phoenix goal.
Defenders Mia Tewes and Gracenne Lee both played well for the Comets (3-0-3), who had their third-straight stalemate after winning three in a row.
ASHLAND 0, NORTH VALLEY 0, tie: At Merlin, goalkeeper Nina Munson came up clutch with a key save that helped Ashland salvage a stalemate with Class 4A host North Valley in nonconference play.
In the 68th minute, Munson laid out for a diving save on a Knights penalty kick, but it was the only quality scoring opportunity Ashland allowed North Valley in the contest.
The Grizzlies (3-0-2) finished with 12 shots on goal while defensively, center midfielder Mary Wilson was a standout performer.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 3, HENLEY 1: In a matchup of top-five teams in their respective classifications, Cacade Christian got two goals from Bryton Plankenhorn for the nonconference win at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
Plankenhorn’s goals came in the second half, breaking a 1-1 deadlock at intermission as the Challengers, No. 2 in the OSAA’s 3A/2A/1A rankings, improved to 4-0. Henley (1-1-1) is ranked fifth in 4A.
Cascade Christian went on top 1-0 on an own goal by Henley in the 23rd minute, and the Hornets tied it on a free kick in the 35th.
Plankenhorn’s first goal came on a free kick from outside the 18-yard box in the 52nd minute, a howitzer over the keeper. She scored in the 74th on a penalty kick.
Braelyn Day and Lauren Anderchuk sparked the Challengers’ defense. Plankenhorn spearheaded the attack up front.
ST. MARY’S 11, SUTHERLIN 1: Junior Ainsley Gibbs and sophomore Ryker Rothfus each netted a hat trick for St. Mary’s, which overwhelmed Sutherlin for its first win of the season at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
The Crusaders (1-1) also received two goals from Sophia Dobry and picked up a goal and a pair of assists from Brennan Gangnes.