Chris Landt got the Ashland Grizzlies off to a quick start in nonconference boys soccer on Thursday.
Chris Landt got the Ashland High boys soccer team off to a quick start in a nonconference game on Thursday.
Landt, a junior midfielder, scored Ashland's first goal and assisted on the second as the Grizzlies successfully opened the season with a 5-0 victory over Grants Pass at Ashland Middle School.
Landt scored unassisted at about the fifth minute when he beat a defender and boomed in a shot from just inside the left corner of the 18-yard box. Then Landt set up the next goal when he dribbled down to the end line and delivered a pass to senior forward Adam Pavlich, who scored on a header.
Reed Chasmar tallied two straight goals before halftime to give Ashland a 4-0 lead at intermission.
In the second half, freshman Zahara Moyer completed the scoring at about the 70th minute.
Ashland used effective passing to control much of the possession time.
The Grizzlies defense was bolstered by the play of Dakota Wolff, Neil Presicci and Miguel Salgado.
Ashland's goal keeping was handled by Noah Sohl and Zach Hartman.
Jessica Jordan and Kara Rawlings each scored within the first 10 minutes of the second half as Grants Pass beat Ashland 3-1 Thursday.
Ashland's Sarah Pavlich scored on a free kick from about 25 yards away to cut the deficit to 2-1 midway through the second half.
After a road trip to Idaho and Montana, the Southern Oregon women's soccer team returns home today for a nonconference match against Fresno Pacific.
SOU and Fresno Pacific will play at 4 p.m. at University Field.
The Sunbirds come into the match with an 0-1 record, falling to CSU-Stanislaus 3-0. They also dropped an exhibition match to NCAA Division I Fresno State.
Southern Oregon sits at 1-3-1 on the season, with the win being a big one over 21st-ranked Rocky Mountain last week in Montana.
Offensively, the Raiders have relied heavily on sophomore Denise Powell. Powell has scored three of SOU's five goals and her three goals ranks third in the Cascade Conference.
"Denise is really finding her form," SOU head coach Jon Clement said. "Her mobility is really good right now and playing with lots of fluidity."
Sophomore goal keeper Jessica Kuehlwein ranks first in the conference in saves with 33 and fourth in save percentage at .805.
"The team has a level of comfort with Jess," Clement said. "She's exceptional with her feet and it's really like we have another defender."
The Raiders will play another non-conference match next Friday at home against Simpson.