Greenstein's goal boosts Ashland

ASHLAND — Not much separated Southern Sky Conference girls soccer rivals Ashland and Crater this year.

After splitting a pair of regular-season matches, the two schools faced off in a conference playoff contest at North Mountain Park Tuesday to decide the No. 1 and 2 seeds in the Class 5A state playoffs.

The league playoff was also decided by the thinnest of margins as Ashland prevailed 1-0 on senior striker Amanda Greenstein's first-half goal.

Molly MacGraw assisted on the winning score in the 21st minute. The senior midfielder penetrated to the top of the 18-yard box and sent a diagonal pass to a cutting Greenstein, who buried a shot from about 15 yards inside the far post.

"It was a great set up and a perfect finish," Ashland coach Eric Wolff said.

In addition to the assist, MacGraw had a productive match for the Grizzlies.

"(MacGraw) had the most touches and ran the most miles," said Wolff. "A lot of the offense went through her."

While Ashland senior goalie Catie Pratt recorded her ninth shutout in 14 games, she wasn't tested because of a stout Grizzly defense.

"Crater never had a good quality shot in the box," said Wolff. "As the second half progressed Crater threw more people at us and put a lot of pressure on us. The game got pretty hectic."

The Ashland defense was sparked by the play of senior MacKenzie Hedges.

"She was amazing today," said Wolff. "Anytime it looked like Crater could develop an opportunity, they could never get by MacKenzie."

Both teams will host a Class 5A state playoff game Tuesday. The Grizzlies will host the winner of Saturday's Silverton-Churchill match, while Crater (8-6-1) hosts Intermountain Conference No. 2 Summit.

Skyline Boys Soccer

HENLEY 3, PHOENIX 2 — At Klamath Falls, Henley's Matt Kelly scored two goals, including the game winner, in the district playoff match for the third and final Skyline state berth.

Phoenix (9-7) held a one-goal margin twice in the first half.

The Pirates took the initial lead in the sixth minute when Christian Parra forced an attack up the left side and crossed a pass to Absalon Castillo, who scored from 16 yards away inside the far post.

Henley evened the score on a free kick by Kelly from 25 yards out over the outstretched hands of Phoenix goalie Gresham Prehn at the 22-minute mark.

Phoenix retook the lead four minutes before halftime when sophomore midfielder Danny Giardina won a loose ball in the box and scored from eight yards away.

Midway through the second half the Hornets evened the game again on a goal by Ryan Conley off a Danny Celemin assist.

Kelly tallied the game-winner from about 18 yards with 11 minutes remaining in the contest.

The 5-foot-5 sophomore midfielder Giardina played an inspired game for Phoenix.

Henley will open the state playoffs Saturday at Pacific, the District 3 No. 2 seed.

District 3 Boys Soccer

ST. MARY'S 2, UMPQUA VALLEY CHRISTIAN 0 — St. Mary's used a consistent attack on goal to defeat Umpqua Valley Christian in a District 3 seeding game at Spiegelberg Stadium.

The Crusaders, the league's No. 1 team, will host Riverdale next Tuesday in a first-round state-playoff game. UVC will take the district's No. 2 seed into the playoffs.

St. Mary's outshot UVC 7-1 in the first half and 13-3 for the game.

The Crusaders (9-0-1) led 1-0 at the half after an own goal by UVC, then Bay Gross gave St. Mary's a 2-0 advantage in the second half off a left-footed cross right to the goal mouth from A.J. Leep.

SCL volleyball

LAKEVIEW 3, ST. MARY'S 1 — League runner-up Lakeview ended St. Mary's season with a 22-25, 25-19, 25-16, 25-23 road victory.

St. Mary's staged a gallant comeback in Game 4. The Crusaders trailed 24-9 before scoring 14 straight points on Danielle Shubat's serve. During the big rally, senior middle Laura Thompson provided three blocks and three kills and Shubat and senior libero Sara Bayer came up with some big defensive plays.

In Game 1, the Crusaders grabbed an 8-3 advantage and never relinquished the lead.

Thompson finished with 15 kills and six blocks, while Shubat, a sophomore outside, contributed 10 kills and a career-high 27 digs. Bayer also had 27 digs, while senior setter Cynthia Naumes distributed 40 assists.

For Lakeview, Keli Hall paced the attack with nine kills.

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