Heather Case and Carolyn Thomas scored two goals apiece in the first half to lead the Ashland High girls soccer team to an 8-1 Southern Sky Conference win over Eagle Point Tuesday at North Mountain Park.
Ashland (6-6, 5-1 SSC) also got goals from Arri Hunter and Annika Hearn, who also helped with a combined four assists.
Edidet Salgado scored for Eagle Point in the 63rd minute.
The win allowed Ashland to remain tied with the Crater Comets atop the Southern Sky standings with two matches left in the regular season. The SSC rivals meet in the season finale, Oct. 27 in Ashland. The SSC's No. 1 seed to state will host a second-round playoff match Nov. 10, while the No. 2 seed will start the playoffs on the road the same day.
Ashland beat Crater in overtime on Oct. 10.
The Grizzlies may have found the "competitive edge" they've been looking for.
Ashland knocked in four goals in a 10-minute span to secure a 9-2 Southern Sky Conference victory over Eagle Point Tuesday at Eagle Point.
Ian Murray and Adam Pavlich led the Grizzlies (6-5-1, 5-1 SSC) with three goals apiece. Ashland also received two goals from Edgar Lazardo and one goal from Reed Chasmar.
The Grizzlies, who have struggled to put weaker opponents away early at times, are one game ahead of Crater in the SSC standings with two matches left in the regular season, including the Oct. 27 season finale at Crater.
"Last time we played (Eagle Point) we beat them 1-0 and we just didn't have, at that point in the season, a competitive edge," Ashland head coach Brad Roupp said. "And now, the boys have really been working on that and they've come out strong in our last several games taking control early."
Ashland led 2-1 at halftime, then buried the Eagles early in the second half.
"In the second half, they just took it to (Eagle Point) right off the bat," Roupp said.
The Grizzlies next host Klamath Union (3-2 SSC) on Saturday. The top two seeds from the SSC receive first-round byes and will host second-round playoff games Nov. 10.
Roupp said Ashland is the most talented team in the conference and probably should beat both Klamath Union and Crater to repeat as conference champion.
"With this team, they have to decide that they're going to go after it," Roupp said, "and if they do that, they stand a very good chance of winning both of those games."