Challenger girls romp, inch closer to playoffs

Katelyn Stephens had a goal and an assist in the first half to help Cascade Christian open up a 3-0 halftime lead, then scored again in the second half as the Challengers trounced Illinois Valley 7-0 Saturday at U.S. Cellular Community Park.

Kate Emard, one of two seniors on the team, added two goals in the second half for the Challengers (5-6-1, 4-3 Dist. 4), who face Glide Tuesday with a postseason berth on the line.

Carly Smith headed in a perfect cross from Stephens in the sixth minute to open up the scoring.

"It was a very, very well taken goal," Cascade Christian coach Mick Power said.

Stephens made it 2-0 three minutes later, when she took a pass from Lacey Reen and dribbled up for a close-range strike.

Alex Haug completed the first-half surge by the Challengers when she curved in a 20-yard shot with her right foot in the 37th minute.

Illinois Valley finishes 2-10, 0-8 in league play.

ROGUE RIVER 1, GLIDE 0 — At Glide, Kristen Cutting's first-half goal proved to be the game-winner for Rogue River.

In the 35th minute, Cutting swept in and finished off Macaila Miguel's shot that bounced off the upright. Allison Coulter got the play started with a pass to Miguel.

Lindsey Miguel excelled defensively for the Chieftains (4-7, 3-4 Dist. 4) along with sweeper Savannah Poston and fullback Jessica Fisher.

Rogue River goalie Brittany Coulter registered 27 saves.

ASHLAND 3, EAGLE POINT 0 — At Ashland, Sophia Harrison, Aspen Wolff and Faci Graham all scored goals for Ashland in the Class 5A Southern Oregon Hybrid match at North Mountain Park.

Harrison cashed in on a corner kick in the second minute and Wolff scored with some help from Sadie Bailey in the 13th.

Graham added her unassisted goal in the 58th minute for Ashland (6-7-1), which swept both games of the season series with the Eagles.

Madi Nahss played well for Eagle Point (0-13).

ASHLAND 2, EAGLE POINT 1 — At Eagle Point, junior varsity call-up Joshua Wallner-Sentle scored his first varsity goal in the 15th minute and Dylan Molnar converted a penalty kick in the 22nd as Ashland clinched the Class 5A SOH title with a season sweep of Eagle Point.

The Grizzlies (6-6-2) next take part in a Class 5A play-in game Saturday against an opponent to be determined. They will be forced to open the postseason without junior halfback Diego Harrison, who must sit out after picking up a red card against the Eagles (1-10-1).

ST. MARY'S 16, CANYONVILLE CHRISTIAN 1 — Reid Arne scored seven goals and Adrian Becerra added four in St. Mary's final league game at U.S. Cellular Park.

The Crusaders led 12-0 at halftime.

According to St. Mary's coach Paul Coughlin, Canyonville Christian used an unorthodox strategy by placing all its players in front of its own net for much of the game.

St. Mary's (11-1, 6-1 Dist 3), the No. 1 team in the OSAA power rankings, will host a Class 3A/2A/1A playoff game on Nov. 8.

ROGUE RIVER 5, ILLINOIS VALLEY 3 — At Cave Junction, Brian Stinchcomb scored seven seconds into the game on his way to a first-half hat trick as Rogue River (5-5, 4-3 Dist. 3) wrapped up a playoff berth by placing third in the final league standings.

Stinchcomb scored from up close in the opening minute, added a penalty kick score in the 17th and took advantage of a great long-ball pass from Jason Daly in the 37th to lead the Chieftains, who have won four of their last five games.

Dakota Prow scored the only first-half goal for Illinois Valley (5-6-1, 4-3) in the 40th minute.

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