PREP ROUNDUP: Ashland girls start strong at Roseburg
ROSEBURG — Missing two weeks of practice leading up to Tuesday’s season opener was a little concerning, but the Ashland girls soccer team didn’t miss a beat in a 4-1 victory at Roseburg.
Ashland sophomore Bri Gibbs scored twice in the first half as the Grizzlies secured a 2-0 lead, then sophomore Ini Hammond took over with a pair of goals in the second half in a solid showing all around.
“We were a little nervous with having a few people out and still returning from COVID and some other health issues going around so we were missing several key players,” said Ashland coach Eric Wolff, “but the girls really were able to come together and play a good, solid 80 minutes.”
“The girls were able to execute a great game plan for us today,” he added, “and quickly establish some opportunities for us and put some balls into the net. There was a good flow to the game.”
Gibbs also finished with an assist, while Hammond had two assists.
Despite never really playing in goal, junior Macy Haim stood her ground well and made one save on two shots on goal to deny Roseburg.
SOUTH MEDFORD 2, GRANTS PASS 0: South Medford’s Rainie Dabbs had an active season opener with a hand in both goals as the Panthers and Cavers waged a spirited match.
Dabbs scored the second goal, a howitzer that upped the margin inside the final minute.
South Medford, using a steady rotation to keep players fresh and providing 17 players with minutes, notched the first goal in the 50th minute when three players combined on a nifty play.
Bella Botero threaded the ball through multiple defenders to find Dabbs. Dabbs touched it twice and slipped the ball to Isabelle Cruz, who followed with an overlapping run and one-timed it to the back of the net.
Dabbs closed it out with a 35-yard rainbow shot that barely cleared goalkeeper Sam Borngasser’s reach.
Eve Lynx got the shutout in goal for South, aided by the play of defenders Morgan Burke, Drew Hampson, Caris Follett, Lexie Clark and Makayla Peterson.
The Panthers had 12 shots to Grants Pass’ seven.
CRATER 3, EAGLE POINT 1: At Central Point, Eagle Point snapped a 16-match scoreless streak that dated back to Oct. 10, 2018, but it wasn’t enough as Crater pulled away in the final 15 minutes of the match.
Crater senior Ayden Wycoff volleyed in a throw-in by sophomore Emma Bohn in the eighth minute for the lone goal of the first half.
Eagle Point speedster Makenna Maldonado netted the equalizer in the 42nd minute, providing a big moment for an Eagles team that did not score a goal in 13 games last season.
Bohn carried the ball into the box and scored from the right side with 15 minutes to play to help Crater regain the lead, and Addison Vranes sealed the victory on a goal with six minutes to play off a crossing pass from Emma Stanley.
Yesenia Avila, a junior center back, provided a key defensive presence for the Eagles against considerable pressure by the Comets.
SOUTH MEDFORD 2, GRANTS PASS 2: At Grants Pass, Ricky Esparza scored both South Medford goals, including one on a penalty kick in the 76th minute to forge the draw.
Esparza’s tallies offset a similar performance by Grants Pass’ Zach Olson, who scored in the 20th to put the Cavemen up 1-0, and again in the 55th for a 2-1 edge.
The Panthers’ Sam Edwards set up Esparza’s first score with a 30- to 40-yard pass that his teammate gathered and turned into a 20-yard goal.
South Medford had two penalty kicks after Grants Pass went in front, and Esparza made good on the second.
ASHLAND 2, ROSEBURG 0: At Ashland, freshman Cash Cota provided a breakthrough moment with his goal in the 50th minute and Carson Pindell helped seal the season-opening victory with a goal of his own in the 70th minute for Ashland.
Pindell helped set Cota up for his goal from outside the 18-yard line, then the senior created some breathing room with a direct kick just outside the box that angled in perfectly high inside the far post.
Roseburg’s best chance at scoring came in the 60th minute when Tyson Bustamante hit the crossbar, while central defender Rayce Bergeron made several solid tackles to help slow the Grizzlies.
Ashland’s Gabe Giancarlo posted the shutout in goal, getting steady help from defensive captains Michael Holden and Kai Larson.
EAGLE POINT 3, CRATER 1: At Eagle Point, two freshmen tallied the first goals of the season for Eagle Point, and Brennen Neyt had a score and an assist as the Eagles triumphed.
Eagle Point jumped out to a 3-0 lead.
Freshman Moses Angel took a through ball from Wemar Cervantes-Kerns for the season’s first goal in the 26th minute.
His classmate, Adam Cortes, tallied on a pass from Neyt in the 42nd.
Neyt made a solo run for his goal in the 53rd.
Crater got on the board in the 67th when Malakai Grant scored.
Eagle Point’s Mathew Angel controlled the midfield’s transitioning from defense to the attack, and defensive captain Elvis Cisneros organized that end of the pitch.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 3, BROOKINGS-HARBOR 0: At Brookings, Cascade Christian senior Kara Palmer posted a team-high 11 kills and the Challengers shook off a little second-set inconsistency to secure a 25-14, 25-23, 25-14 triumph in their season opener.
Janie Kenaston managed five kills and four blocks and Hannah Stanfield added five kills as well for Cascade Christian (1-0), which will play its home opener Thursday against Sutherlin.
Taylor Cave doled out 24 assists and Maddi Strain led the team with six aces.