Grizzlies pull away in second half for win

CENTRAL POINT — In a tale of two halves, winless Crater played Ashland to 0-0 stalemate in the first half of their nonconference boys soccer match Tuesday, but the Grizzlies surged ahead in the final 40 minutes at Dutch Meyer Field.

Leland Sanchez scored the first goal six minutes after intermission and the Grizzlies (2-4-1) added three others in a 4-0 triumph. The Comets dropped to 0-6.

Comet junior goalkeeper Omar Mendez was a stalwart. With constant pressure from Ashland's attack, he often had to decide whether to stay in goal or come out and meet the onslaught.

Crater has adopted a defensive philosophy to compensate for its inexperience, said coach Jason Licato, and that leads to aggressive play by opponents.

Ashland's pace wore down the Comets in the second half. The Grizzlies' other goals were by Zahara Moyers-Cullumbine in the 50th minute, Josue Leal (64th) and Dylan Molnar (68th).

Imani Sharpe got the shutout in goal.

GRANTS PASS 2, ROSEBURG 1 — At Grants Pass, a pair of freshmen scored in the second half to lead Grants Pass back from a 1-0 deficit.

Moges Dinkins scored the equalizer in the 61sth minute and Noah Heisser tallied the game-winner — his first goal of the year — in the 74th to give the Cavemen (6-1, 2-1 SOH) their first come-from-behind victory of the season. Dinkins' goal was assisted by Brian Satterwhaite while Heisser's score, a rebound follow, was unassisted.

Roseburg (3-3, 1-3) went ahead in the 44th minute when Brody Faas beat the GP keeper on a one-on-one opportunity.

PHOENIX 2, NORTH VALLEY 0 — At Talent, Alex Vela bent in a 25-yard free kick in the 13th minute and later provided an assist to help the Pirates (2-1-1) open Skyline play at Colver Field.

Phoenix's other goal came in the 64th minute, when Vela stole the ball then passed to Omar Iboa, who scored from 22 yards away.

Phoenix outshot North Valley (1-2, 0-1) 17-5 and surrendered only one shot on goal.

HIDDEN VALLEY 3, MAZAMA 2, SO — At Murphy, senior goalie Chris Stucke made a save on Mazama's fourth player in the shootout, then Hidden Valley's fifth shooter, Cameron Ulrey, scored the game-winner in the Skyline opener at District Field.

Mazama scored two goals in the first 15 minutes to take a 2-0 lead.

Thomas Fate's goal in the 31st minute off a Robin Klimczak assist cut the Mustangs' (2-1) deficit to 2-1. Klimczak then tallied the equalizer in the 73rd minute.

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