PREP ROUNDUP: Graham’s goals lead Ashland boys past South
Ashland senior striker Davidson Graham scored a pair of first-half goals to lead the Grizzlies to a 3-1 nonconference win over South Medford on Thursday night.
Graham, a four-year starter for the Grizzlies, put his team ahead 1-0 in the 11th minute. After seeing his penalty kick attempt saved by South Medford goalkeeper Silvano Pineda with a diving stop to his left, Graham was able to control the ball and finish the rebound.
Graham doubled the Grizzlies’ lead with 16 minutes to go before halftime. Just like the first goal, Pineda made a strong initial save — this time off a header from an Ashland corner kick — but Graham was able to find a small window at the back post, volleying the ball in as he was starting to fall over to make it 2-0.
“This year he wants to make a difference,” Ashland head coach Abdiaziz Guled said of Graham. “That’s one thing about it being his senior year — he’s the last Graham in his family and he’s trying to outdo everybody.”
Graham turned from goal scorer to the one who set things up 12 minutes into the second half, leading an Ashland (4-2) counterattack and dishing to his right to send Mario Jacobson through on goal. Jacobson did the rest, slotting home a shot to make it 3-0.
South Medford (4-3) used a counterattack of its own to get on the scoreboard with 16 minutes remaining. With Ashland pushing numbers forward on a corner kick, Alexis Reyes sent a long pass with the outside of his right foot to Cash Cota — who played in the shortened spring season at Ashland — on the left wing. Cota was able to work his way past a pair of Grizzly defenders in the penalty box, sending in a cross to Alex Rodriguez, who one-timed it home on the half-volley.
“The whole team pulled together. Our four captains we have, those guys helped a lot today,” Guled said. “This is going to make us ready for the next competition. The players stepped up tonight and did a great job.”
EAGLE POINT 3, CRATER 0: At Eagle Point, Cesar Campuzano scored a pair of headed goals for Eagle Point, which did all of its offensive damage in the first half to grab the Midwestern League victory.
Campuzano scored in the 20th and 30th minutes, both were on setups by Mathew Angel. Angel also gave the Eagles (2-3, 2-1 MWL) a 3-0 lead with a goal from 20 yards out just before intermission.
Eagle Point center backs Moses Angel and Kevin Lopez controlled the back line and were able to nullify Crater’s offense, while Eagles goalkeeper Trenton Silani came up with two saves.
The defeat dropped the Comets to 1-5 overall and 1-2 in MWL play.
HIDDEN VALLEY 8, PHOENIX 0: At Phoenix, Phoenix was unable to contain Hidden Valley, which defeated the Pirates by virtue of the eight-goal mercy rule at P-T Rising Field.
With the loss, the Pirates fell to 2-4 overall and 0-3 in Skyline Conference play while Hidden Valley improved to 6-0-1 and 3-0.
CRATER 3, WILLAMETTE 0: At Central Point, Crater made quick work of Willamette to pick up a 25-13, 25-11, 25-14 win in a match that took just over an hour to complete.
The win was Crater’s third straight and the second time in less than a week that the Comets (4-5, 4-3 Midwestern League) beat Willamette.
Kendra Bittle finished with a team-high 12 kills, while Maddie Kosina was close behind with 11 kills.
Abigail Winslow had six kills, while Kate Stidham had 29 assists. Joslyhn Pope recorded 15 and finished with a team-best five aces against Willamette (2-8, 1-8).
HIDDEN VALLEY 3, PHOENIX 0: At Phoenix, a late rally in the third set nearly kept the night alive for Phoenix, but it was unable to secure the frame as Hidden Valley captured a 25-17, 25-19, 26-24 Skyline Conference win.
Hidden Valley held a 22-19 lead in the third set until the Pirates (5-9, 2-3 Skyline) rattled off three consecutive points to knot the score at 22-all. Both teams were tied at 24-all before the Mustangs locked up the match with two straight points.
The Pirates’ Ami Safady came up with five kills, five aces and three blocks, while teammate Veronica Ascencion registered 10 digs, 11 assists and was a perfect 13-for-13 from the service line.
Raelyssa Goff led the Pirates with 14 digs to go with three kills and freshman Ariah Potts added four kills and eight digs.
LOST RIVER 3, ROGUE RIVER 2: At Merrill, Rogue River battled back from a 2-0 deficit to even things up, but Lost River was able to capture the fifth set for a 25-18, 25-19, 21-25, 27-25, 15-13 win.
Mikayla Moore led Rogue River with 16 kills and three aces to go with a block. Ayrica Hansen finished with five blocks and three aces, while Grace McQuain also had five blocks, which were a career high.
Freshman setter Madi Stancliff had seven digs, three kills and an ace for Rogue River, which fell to 2-8 overall and 1-4 in league play.
CRUSADER INVITATIONAL: The St. Mary’s boys and girls cross-country teams swept the top spots at the 33rd annual Crusader Invitational held at the St. Mary’s track.
Addie Jensen captured the individual title on the girls side, while Vincent Savage won the boys race. The Crusaders also finished first in the boys and girls team standings.
St. Mary’s teammates Sydney Godwin and Logan Diaz McNeal finished second to allow the Crusaders to go 1-2 in both races.
Final times and team standings were not available at press time.