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  • GIRLS SOCCER

    Grizzlies denied by Indians

    Ashland scores early, but can't late in 3-1 nonleague loss to Roseburg
  • Well, they can't say they didn't have their chances.
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    • Roseburg 3, Ashland 1
      Recap: Ashland sophomore Ianthe Balbuena scored in the 14th minute to give the Grizzlies the early lead, but Roseburg stormed back behind Emily Roy's two-goal effort to claim the nonleague win.
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      Roseburg 3, Ashland 1
      Recap: Ashland sophomore Ianthe Balbuena scored in the 14th minute to give the Grizzlies the early lead, but Roseburg stormed back behind Emily Roy's two-goal effort to claim the nonleague win.

      Up Next: Eagle Point at Ashland, 4 p.m. Thursday.
  • Well, they can't say they didn't have their chances.
    The Ashland High girls soccer team couldn't capitalize on several golden opportunities while Roseburg did, and that was the difference in a hard-fought nonconference clash Tuesday at North Mountain Park.
    Junior forward Emily Roy scored the go-ahead goal in the first half and an insurance goal in the second, and Ashland threatened the visitors throughout the second half but couldn't finish as the Indians left town with a 3-1 victory.
    Ianthe Balbuena knocked in a shot from about 15 yards away in the 14th minute to give the Grizzlies the early lead, but that was it for Ashland, which dropped to 4-3-2 and remained winless since its 4-1-1 start. Class 6A Roseburg, which has won four of its last five games improved to 6-4-1.
    "We had a 15-minute sequence there where we were just knocking on the door, just about to score," Ashland head coach Eric Wolff said. "Then they put the counterattack away and now we're down by two goals suddenly. So naturally it's frustrating, but that's also part of soccer. It happens all the time. One team looks like it's dominating and the other team winds up scoring. You gotta live with that."
    The Grizzlies are the team living with that today after outshooting Roseburg 8-6 in the second half and having nothing to show for it. Their best opportunity came in the 47th minute, when Ashland's dynamic senior forward Sadie Bailey faked out a defender to get off a sharp-angled shot from about 25 yards away that Roseburg goalkeeper Maddie Lee could only deflect back toward the middle of the field. Ashland sophomore Jessica Harrower streaked in for the rebound, but her point-blank attempt toward the empty net sailed over the crossbar.
    Harrower, who sliced her way through the Roseburg defense all day, grabbed her head in agony after the miss, which came only a few minutes after she hit the crossbar with a gorgeous 25-yard free kick.
    Moments later, Roy muscled her way into the box and fired off a shot with an Ashland defender glued to her hip, zipping the ball into the right corner of the net to give the Indians their third goal of the day.
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