Grizzlies roar past Eagles

Six different Ashland players scored as the Grizzlies' girls soccer team pounded Eagle Point, 7-2, in a valuable Class 5A Southern Oregon Hybrid victory at North Mountain Park on Tuesday.

The top regular-season finisher between Ashland and Eagle Point automatically qualifies for the state playoffs as the hybrid's No. 1 seed, while the loser advances to the play-in stage in the all-inclusive OSAA plan.

The two squads play just one more match on Oct. 26.

"(The matchup with Eagle Point) becomes very huge," Ashland head coach Eric Wolff said. "We have traditionally been successful against Eagle Point, but when there is more weight on the games, you never know. We went in confident and played as a team. They showed me a lot today."

Ashland's Montana Pindell scored in the 10th minute. About a minute later, Aspen Wolff netted a goal on an assist by Ari Hunter. Katelyn Walker booted in a 30-yard shot in the 12th minute to give the Grizzlies a 3-0 lead.

After Sarah Lilley knocked in a goal for the Eagles in the 24th minute, Sarah Cotton scored nine minutes later for Ashland (2-0).

Kaylee Tuttle netted a goal in the 45th minute to get Eagle Point (0-3) off to a hot second-half start, trimming the Grizzlies' advantage to two goals.

But Ashland rattled off three straight scores — including goals by Annika Hearn in the 62nd minute and Kysa McSky in the 80th — to pull away.

"I was able to substitute a lot of players and everyone brought some good energy and contributed," coach Wolff said.

Ashland goalkeeper Rinchen Thomas faced seven shots on goal, while the Grizzlies offense recorded 19.

"The girls played a little hurt," Eagle Point head coach Evan Pogue said. "The girls who were out there were playing in new positions and we were just lacking a little bit of depth. The girls who were out there gave me 80 minutes of everything they had, and that's all I can ask for. They played their hearts out."

Boys Soccer

At Eagle Point, Ashland won the first of two boys soccer matches that will determine Class 5A seeding in the Southern Oregon Hybrid, routing Eagle Point, 9-0.

Ian Murray scored three first-half goals, added two assists and the helped the Grizzlies take a 5-0 halftime edge.

Ashland is 2-0.

Simon Jensen added two goals and an assist in the victory. Dakota Wolff and Zahara Cullumbine each had a goal and an assist, and Chris Landt and Dylan Molnar tallied goals.

"Today we were a team that shared the ball well, as evidenced by multiple people scoring," said Ashland coach Brad Roupp. "We've just become a very good team at spreading the field in our attack and attacking from different directions." Volleyball

At Eagle Point, Eagle Point won the Southern Oregon Hybrid 5A matchup, 25-23, 25-21, 20-25, 25-23.

For Ashland (2-1 overall), Mariah Keller had five aces, 12 digs and two kills, and Piper Cantrell notched 14 digs and two kills. Sam Boehnke added 12 kills.

Eagle Point (2-2) got 11 kills from Whitney Barber, nine kills from Krystyn Cline, 23 digs from Lesley Neilson and 23 assists from Carolina Regalado.

Staff reports

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