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PREP ROUNDUP: Ashland stays unbeaten with MWL win

EUGENE — Ashland erupted for four goals in the first half and cruised to a 5-0 Midwestern League boys soccer victory over North Eugene Friday.

The Grizzlies (7-2-2, 4-0-1 MWL) got two goals and an assist from Scott Gustafson. He tallied in the eighth minute off a Davidson Graham assist, and in the 15th on a penalty kick.

Milan Pyle put Ashland on the board first with a goal off a cross from Carson Pindell two minutes in to the contest.

Simon Cropper finished the first-half scoring in the 27th, with an assist from Gustafson. The second-half goal was by Graham in the 47th, assisted by Pyle.

Zander Houston played the first 62 minutes in goal, then Mina Chapman finished up and contributed a strong save on a point-blank kick to preserve the shutout.

Sam Austin spurred the defensive effort.

SOUTH MEDFORD 0, GRANTS PASS 0, tie: At Grants Pass, South Medford had control of the match but was unable to capitalize on its scoring opportunities in Southwest Conference play.

The Panthers (5-4-1, 2-3-1 SWC) out-shot the Cavemen (4-3-3, 3-1-2) 8-4 and had a 4-2 edge in on-goal scoring attempts.

Goalkeeper Jude Pannell made two saves for the Panthers.

WILLAMETTE 5, CRATER 1: At Eugene, Willamette kept Crater off the scoreboard for nearly the entire game in the Midwestern League win.

The Comets’ lone goal came from Jayden Vranes in the 79th minute, when he won a 50-50 ball and took it the distance for a goal. Crater dropped to 3-7 overall and 0-4 in the MWL.

Willamette (5-3-2, 2-1-1) scored twice in the first half and three times in the second.

CHURCHILL 3, EAGLE POINT 2: At Eagle Point, despite a strong offensive performance from Wemar Cervantes-Kerns, No. 6 Eagle Point dropped the Midwestern League match.

The junior forward scored in the 50th minute to put the Eagles up 2-1 before the Lancers answered in the 60th and 70th minutes, both on free kicks just outside the box.

Eagle Point (8-2-1, 3-1-1 MWL) is second in the league, and Churchill (6-1-2, 2-0-1) is third.

Freddy Barajas scored the first Eagle goal just two minutes in, but Churchill knotted it in the eighth.

Eagle Point then tried to overpressure the Churchill offense with Isaiah Lundberg and Barajas, but the Lancers were able to counter.

Girls Soccer

WILLAMETTE 4, CRATER 0: At Eugene, Crater played one of the Midwestern League’s top teams close into the second half before dropping to 3-3-4 overall and 0-3-1 in league.

The Wolverines (4-2-4, 3-0-1) scored in the 12th minute, then again in the 52nd against the Comets, who were without three starters due to injury and a fourth because of a red-card violation.

Ashley Chenoweth played well marking one of Willamette’s top threats. Allison Waters forced the action for Crater, and Mattilyn Pierce got off a nice shot in a brief appearance while testing an injured ankle.

NORTH EUGENE 2, ASHLAND 1: At Eugene, North Eugene took a 2-0 lead before Ashland closed the gap in the waning minutes of the Midwestern League game.

The Highlanders scored in the 14th and 62nd minutes.

The Grizzlies (5-4-2, 2-3 MWL) scored in the 77th minute when Ini Hammond kicked the ball ahead to Yuki Sabo-Yamanouchi, who went one-on-one before lobbing a shot over the keeper.

Mary Wilson was a force in the middle for Ashland’s offense, and Nina Munson was strong in goal.

Volleyball

CRATER 3, CHURCHILL 0: At Eugene, Crater weathered tough first and third games to win the Midwestern League match, 27-25, 25-16, 25-23.

Passing struggles prevented the Comets (12-3, 10-1 MWL) from capitalizing on a fast start in the opener. The third set was close throughout.

Avery Hanson led Crater with 11 kills, and Tessa Frodge added eight. Kendra Bittle and Madison Kocina each had five.

Kate Stidham racked up 30 assists, and Kylie Anderson had 21 digs.

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