Ashland put on a passing clinic and defeated visiting South Medford in nonconference boy soccer Tuesday, 4-0.
“The theme of this,” said Grizzlies coach Brad Roupp, “was all our goals tonight were one-touched. That was a pretty amazing thing. The passing was so strong that the players receiving were able to hit every ball on their first touch.”
Ashland improved to 4-0-1 with the victory, taking a 2-0 halftime lead and expanding it to 3-0 early in the second half.
Ben Lucero and Ian Rinefort teamed up for the first score in the 23rd minute. Lucero, 4 yards off the end line in front of the goal, made a pass at a 45-degree angle back to Rinefort, who rifled it into the net.
Ten minutes later Lucero was the recipient of a bending cross from the right corner off the foot of Jade Boucher. Lucero sent it into the middle of the goal.
Three minutes into the second half, Joseph Wallner-Sentle chipped a shot over the goalkeeper for a score off a through pass from Jahnoi Hall.
Boucher finished the onslaught with a powerful direct kick to the right side of the net from 19 yards.
“Ashland passes the ball extremely well,” Roupp said. “We do a lot of team play. We had a lot of possession tonight, and the boys played within themselves. They held the ball until the time was right, and the play was on, and then went to goal. It was a beautiful game to watch.”
Goalkeepers Ian Shibley and Zander Huston shared time and produced the shutout.