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BOYS SOCCER: Ashland suffers heartbreaker

ASHLAND — Eighty seconds was all that stood between Ashland and Wilsonville heading to penalty kicks to decide Tuesday night’s Class 5A boys soccer state playoff opener at Walter A. Phillips Field.

But, as it turned out, the final corner kick of the game proved to be the final corner kick Ashland would defend in the 2018 season.

Adam Landy’s tap-in off a ball across the face of the goal turned what looked like a game heading for PKs into a 2-1 Wilsonville upset victory over fifth-seeded Ashland in double overtime, putting a halt to the Grizzlies’ bid for a thrilling comeback win.

“That’s part of soccer and it goes the way it wants to go,” Ashland head coach Abdi Guled said. “Tonight was not our night. We had some chances and (Wilsonville) gave us a good game. That’s just how it is.”

The No. 12-seeded Wildcats, who also claimed a win over the Grizzlies the last time the two teams met in the 5A playoffs six years ago, will face fourth-seeded Central — which beat Hillsboro 2-1 on Tuesday — in a quarterfinal matchup on Saturday.

The loss was the first for the Grizzlies (8-4-2 overall) at home this season.

Wilsonville (8-6-2) set up the game-winning goal after Ashland cleared the ball out to slow down a Wildcat counterattack.

As the ball whipped into the center of the box, Grizzlies goalkeeper Gabriel Giancarlo got a fist to it but was unable to punch it out of danger. The ball was volleyed back into the 6-yard box by Joseph Friedman, who was camped out at the far post. Landy didn’t get much on it, essentially seeing the ball hit off his stomach and into the back of the net.

Wilsonville created the vast majority of the scoring chances in the game, out-shooting Ashland 22-7.

Giancarlo finished with six saves in the game, including a pair of fantastic ones — one in each half — that kept the game tied.

Ashland tied the game 1-1 less than two minutes into the second half.

Freshman striker Davidson Graham controlled a cross from Scott Gustafson in the 18-yard box and then was run into from behind to draw a penalty.

Gustafson stepped up to the spot and calmly finished it.

RIDGEVIEW 4, EAGLE POINT 1: At Redmond, host Ridgeview pulled away late in the first-round Class 5A playoff game.

The Ravens took a 1-0 lead in the 28th minute and made it 2-0 a couple minutes before halftime.

Junior forward Jayden Budrow scored for Eagle Point with 54 minutes gone. The unassisted tally from 20 yards out allowed the ninth-seeded Eagles (9-4-2) to pull within 2-1 of No. 8 Ridgeview (11-2-2).

After the Ravens scored in the 68th, Eagle Point pushed its offense and gave up a late goal.

Freshman Mathew Angel played a strong game for the Eagles on defense.

DAYTON 6, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 1: At Dayton, Dayton scored four first-half goals to put Cascade Christian in a hole it couldn’t recover from in the first round of the Class 3A/2A/1A playoffs.

Dayton (10-1-5) is seeded seventh, and the Challengers (11-3-1) were 10th.

Lukas Findley scored twice and Tyler Spink and Benji Hudson scored once each in the first half.

Sam Preszler put Cascade Christian on the board in the 70th minute.

Findley and Enrique Rubio countered soon after.

The Pirates out-shot the Challengers 5-1 and had a 3-1 edge in corner kicks.

BROOKINGS-HARBOR 4, ROGUE RIVER 0: At Brookings, Brookings-Harbor pulled away from a 1-0 halftime advantage to advance in the Class 3A /2A/1A state playoffs.

The fourth-seeded Bruins (15-1) scored first in the 26th minute, but the Chieftains (11-5), seeded 13th, kept it there until the hosts tallied again in the 63rd.

Sacrificing defense for offense in the waning stages, Rogue River gave up two goals in the final three minutes.

Chieftains goalie Tristen Spaeth made 12 saves, including some outstanding diving ones, and sweeper teammate Simeon Poston played stifling defense on Bruins standout Luke Beaman.

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