Ashland’s free-flowing offense powered it to another lopsided girls soccer victory Tuesday as the Grizzlies easily kept pace with the Midwestern League’s elite.
Liv West scored two goals and Mya Elder Hammond and Tia Wilhelm had two assists apiece as the Grizzlies buried Churchill 4-1 at Walter A. Phillips Field.
The win allowed the Grizzlies (6-1-1, 2-0 MWL) to remain perfect in league play along with fellow MWL contenders Marist (3-0 MWL) and North Eugene (2-0), and provided more proof that the Grizzlies boast one of the best attacks in the state. Ashland has scored 13 goals in its last three games — all wins — and with 31 goals on the season ranks fourth in the state in 5A scoring.
“Our offense has been playing well and today they had many beautiful combinations,” Ashland coach Eric Wolff said. “That’s how three of our four goals came about (Tuesday); we were passing the other team dizzy. It’s beautiful soccer and it’s effective soccer. And our defense is playing well, too.”
The Grizzlies got on the board early against the Lancers (3-5, 1-1). In the 11th minute, Elder Hammond passed to Wilhelm, who beat three defenders before laying the ball off in the middle of the box to West for the easy finish.
Elder Hammond helped produce the next goal, too, in the 36th, heading a corner kick pass off the post. Ginny Cotton swooped in to score off the rebound.
The Lancers’ Emmi Freeman scored right before halftime to cut the lead in half, but Ashland got it back when Elder Hammond scored in the 55th. Wilhelm set the wheels in motion by working the ball down the sideline, beating two defenders in the process, before hitting Elder Hammond in the box with a nice cross. Elder Hammond finished to give the Grizzlies a 3-1 lead.
Ashland added another insurance goal in the 57th, when West booted home a nice cross from Elder Hammond.
“We feel like we’re kind of in position to at least make it into third place in the conference and get a home play-in match when that comes around,” Wolff said.
Ashland, which hosts Springfield on Friday, travels to face both North Eugene (Oct. 12) and Marist (Oct. 21) in two of the Grizzlies’ last three regular-season games.
At Central Point, Grace Angermeier had another big night but Ashland fell to Crater in straight sets Tuesday, 25-22, 25-16, 25-17.
A sophomore setter, Angermeier led the Grizzlies (3-9, 3-6 Midwestern League) with 20 assists and eight digs.
Also for Ashland, Emily DeVall had six kills, two aces and six digs, Alex Crane six kills and Sydney Philpott seven digs and two aces.
The Comets improved to 7-4 overall and 6-3 in the MWL.
Joe Zavala is a reporter for the Ashland Daily Tidings. Reach him at 541-821-0829 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at @Joe_Zavala99.