PREP ROUNDUP: Graham leads Ashland boys past Crater
ASHLAND — Senior Davidson Graham and sophomore Luke Reddish scored first-half goals within five minutes of each other, helping the Ashland boys soccer team claim a hard-fought 2-0 Midwestern League win over rival Crater Wednesday night at Walter A. Phillips Field.
With its third straight win, Ashland improved to 7-3-1 overall and 5-2 in the MWL.
“Crater brought a lot of force and everybody played hard,” Ashland head coach Abdiaziz Guled said. “Our defense ... Cedric (Huston) played great and the other defenders played well tonight.”
Graham gave the Grizzlies a lead they never relinquished with a 17th-minute goal off a corner kick by junior Silas Reinkensmeyer. Graham found himself alone on the back post and was able to head the cross in.
Less than five minutes later, Graham turned from goal scorer to provider, setting up Reddish to double the Grizzlies’ lead in the 22nd minute.
Ashland senior goalkeeper Mina Scheppmann made three saves to preserve the shutout.
Crater junior goalkeeper Diego Estrada finished with three saves, including a pair of nice stops as the Grizzlies looked to add to their lead.
The Comets fell to 2-8 overall and 2-5 in the MWL with the loss.
LAKEVIEW 6, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 2: At Lakeview, Cascade Christian scored early, but it was Lakeview, led by Karlee Vickerman’s hat trick, that came out with the victory.
Cascade Christian’s Emma Coats found the back of the net in the first minute, finishing a cross initiated by Katie Erno that Ellie Vanlandingham also got a touch on before finding its way to Coats.
Bella Williams also scored for the Challengers — who had eight shots on target — in the 53rd minute off an assist from Erno, who also played a ball in the 34th minute headed by Autumn Murray that was narrowly kept out of goal on a diving save.
Vickerman scored the first three goals for Lakeview (6-2, 2-1), which led 2-1 at halftime.
Goalkeeper Graycee Dorner made 10 saves for the Challengers (0-10, 0-4).
NORTH MEDFORD 3, SOUTH EUGENE 1: At Eugene, led by Jackie Aukusitino’s 23 kills, North Medford captured a 23-25, 25-21, 27-25, 25-19 win to close out the regular season.
Audrey Yechout added 13 kills and 16 digs for the Black Tornado (12-8, 6-4 Southwest Conference), which finished in a tie for second in the league standings with Roseburg (13-8, 6-4) after the teams split their two matches. Sheldon finished a perfect 10-0 — and 19-7 overall — to win the conference title.
Makayla Miller led the North defense with 20 digs, while Pa’oa Payne-Kaeo tallied 41 assists. The Black Tornado had 10 aces and seven blocks as a team.
South Eugene finished the season 6-15 overall and 3-7 in SWC play.
ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST 3, DAYS CREEK 1: At Days Creek, Rogue Valley Adventist shook off a close loss in the opening set and won 22-25, 25-14, 25-19, 25-16 ahead of Friday’s Mountain Valley League championship.
Emma Bischoff led Rogue Valley Adventist with 23 kills, 11 digs and six blocks, Destinee Quattrocelli dished out 23 assists and Olivia Barber collected 10 digs.
Additionally, with one of their starters out due to illness, the Red Tail Hawks (17-2, 11-0 MVL) got strong performances from Baelian McNaught and Amelie Quave, both JV players who swung up to varsity to help fill the void.
Rogue Valley Adventist has already earned the top seed for the four-team MVL championship, to be played Friday at Prospect. The winner will clinch a first-round bye for the Class 1A playoffs.
Days Creek, part of the Skyline League, fell to 14-8 overall with the loss.