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  • AHS ROUNDUP

    Young, Garcia lift Grizzlies past Eagles in SOH 5A tilt

    Each score a goal as Ashland takes first of two league matchups
  • Seniors Gabe Young and Andres Garcia each scored in the first half and Ashland's defense blanked Eagle Point's attack until the final minute as the Grizzlies took the first of two games between the SOH 5A rivals, 2-1, Thursday at Eagle Point High School.
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  • EAGLE POINT — Seniors Gabe Young and Andres Garcia each scored in the first half and Ashland's defense blanked Eagle Point's attack until the final minute as the Grizzlies took the first of two games between the SOH 5A rivals, 2-1, Thursday at Eagle Point High School.
    Young scored on a laser from about 25 yards out in the eighth minute to give the Grizzlies (5-4-1) the early lead. Then just before halftime, in the 36th minute, senior halfback Nick Chouard hit Garcia with a long cross right in front of the goal and Garcia punched it in for a 2-0 lead.
    "I think we played good," Ashland coach Abdiaziz Guled said. "We had a rough game in Roseburg (on Tuesday) that cost us a lot of points in the rankings and this was important for us to keep up."
    Eagle Point (5-4-1) scored its only goal in the final seconds when Ronaldo Rincones gained control of a ball after it hit the post and kicked it in.
    Ashland, which snapped a three-game losing streak, has only three games remaining on its regular season schedule. The Grizzlies' next game is Tuesday at South Medford.
    Girls Soccer
    Sophomore striker Jessica Harrower scored twice in the second half to complete a hat trick and help Ashland secure the SOH 5A title by clinching the three-game season series over Eagle Point with a 4-0 win Thursday at North Mountain Park.
    Ashland's Sadie Bailey assisted on both of Harrower's second-half goals and also scored the game's first goal herself after swiping the ball from an Eagles' defender in the box and connecting from short range. Harrower made it 2-0 in the 29th after a cross by Bailey was cleared directly to Harrower. The two Grizzlies teamed up again in the 47th and 77th for Ashland (5-3-2, 2-0 SOH), which also beat the Eagles (2-6-1, 0-2) 3-0 on Sept. 28.
    The Grizziles' defense also had a big day.
    "My keeper never touched the ball in the first half and only touched it twice in the second half," Ashland coach Eric Wolff said.
    Prep Volleyball
    At Medford, Kelsey Bartlett's stellar all-around performance helped South Medford recover from a bad opening set to beat Ashland in a nonleague match, 15-25, 25-15, 25-19, 25-18, Thursday at South Medford High School.
    Bartlett had 21 assists, eight digs and eight aces, Grace Sporer 20 digs and one ace and Claire Sporer 13 kills and seven digs to pace the Panthers (3-8).
    For Ashland (6-13), Jordan Tilley had 26 assists, three kills and two aces, Hope Baldrica six kills and four blocks and Carly Walker 12 digs and three aces.
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