Grizzlies' comeback attempt falls short at Willamette

Willamette raced out to a 25-6 halftime lead then held off a late charge by Ashland to pull out its first win of the season, 25-19, Friday at Eugene.

Rafael Hidalgo rushed for a game-high 99 yards, including a pair of touchdowns in the first half, as the Wolverines (1-3) handed the Grizzlies (1-3) their third straight loss.

Ashland's Jake Scarminach accounted for 248 of Ashland's 289 yards and helped the Grizzlies cut the 19-point halftime deficit to just six late in the third quarter, but Ashland's offense stalled the rest of the way.

Scarminach completed 11 of 21 passes for 194 yards and one touchdown and rushed for 54 yards and another score. Also for the Grizzlies, Lucas Stone caught three passes for 89 yards and Clinton Murphy led everyone with 8 1/2 tackles.

Aided by the recovery of a surprise onside kick, Ashland scored two touchdowns in a four-minute span to get within 25-19 with 3:49 to go in the third quarter.

The Grizzlies next host Springfield on Friday.

Girls Soccer

Chloe Deckwar and Riley Smith provided the offense as Ashland registered its first win of the season Friday.

Deckwar, a senior attacking midfielder, had two goals and two assists, while Smith chipped in a pair of goals and one assist as the Grizzlies defeated West Albany 5-0 in the nonconference match.

It took the Grizzlies (1-5) until the second half to find its offensive rhythm.

Deckwar scored just two minutes into the game, but the half ended with Ashland leading just 1-0.

Smith's goal almost mid-way through the second period gave the Grizzlies a 2-0 margin.

"Once we got that second goal things seemed to click," Ashland coach Eric Wolff said. "We had some nice combinations and were unselfish."

At the 67th minute, Annika Hearn connected on a header off a corner kick by Deckwar. Then in the next eight minutes, Deckwar and Smith scored again.

Rinchen Thomas posted the shutout in net for the Grizzlies

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