St. Mary’s clinches 10th straight crown

ROGUE RIVER — Few girls soccer teams in the Rogue Valley have been as consistent as St. Mary’s, and the Crusaders didn’t disappoint in their regular-season finale Saturday.

St. Mary’s wrapped up its 10th straight conference championship with a 5-0 romp over Rogue River in District 5 action.

Five different girls scored for the Crusaders, who led 4-0 at halftime and saw a trio of goalkeepers secure the shutout.

Junior Avery Jantzer got the scoring going in the eighth minute for St. Mary’s (8-4, 7-1 Dist. 5) after receiving a crossing pass from junior Meghan Michels.

In the 12th minute, Michels padded her team lead in goals with a shot off an assist by junior Gabi Costello on a perfectly executed combination play.

Senior Sara Klott scored from long range in the 20th minute after a pass from freshman Ainsley Gibbs, and international student Rolan Abu Nahala closed out the first-half scoring with her first-ever goal after a nice setup by Jantzer in the 39th minute.

St. Mary’s scored its final goal against Rogue River (0-11, 0-8) in the 79th minute after international student Isabel Aragon scored following a cross by junior Grace Weber.

Senior Adrien Birmingham and sophomores Zoe Alftine and Rylee Baglee shared the shutout in goal.

SOUTH MEDFORD 1, WILLAMETTE 0: At Eugene, South Medford capped the regular season with a shutout that allowed the Panthers to clinch second place in the Southwest Conference standings.

Chloe Alvarez scored what turned into the game-winner in the 10th minute off an assist by Whitney Winans for the Panthers, who improved to 8-3-3 overall and 7-2-3 in SWC play. South Medford will open the Class 6A state playoffs on Oct. 28.

ASHLAND 2, MARIST 0: At Eugene, Ashland clinched at least second place in the Midwestern League and still has a chance at a share of the MWL title by shutting out Marist in its regular-season finale.

Liv West scored in the 36th minute after cleaning up a rebound following a nice combination buildup by Mya Elder Hammond and Tia Wilhelm for the Grizzlies (10-2-1, 6-1 MWL).

In the 64th minute, Elder Hammond gave her team cushion against Marist (8-4-1, 4-2) with a 25-yard free kick that was placed neatly inside the bottom corner.

Ashland’s defense kept the pressure off goalkeeper Taylor Buckley throughout the match to keep a clean sheet.

MWL-leading North Eugene (11-1, 6-0) wraps up league play Tuesday against Marist, and a win by the Spartans would create a first-place tie for Ashland.

THURSTON 3, CRATER 1: At Central Point, Crater was stung by a pair of second-half injuries in a Midwestern League loss to Thurston.

After allowing the opening two scores to the Colts (4-7-2, 2-5 MWL), the Comets (2-9, 0-6) came within 2-1 in the 24th minute on a goal by Izabella Martinez, assisted by Makiah Palmer.

Crater — struggling with a lack of depth this season — managed to stay within striking distance until the final 20 minutes of the second half, when two Comets players, including their starting keeper, were hurt and Thurston tacked on its final goal.

Ayden Wycoff played well at the center-mid position, distributing the ball for Crater. The Comets close out their season Thursday at Eagle Point.

CHURCHILL 6, EAGLE POINT 0: At Eagle Point, Eagle Point was kept scoreless for the ninth straight game to fall to 1-9-1 overall and 0-6 in Midwestern League play.

Churchill improved to 6-6-1 and 4-2 in league.

LAKEVIEW 4, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0: At Cave Junction, Macey Hargis scored in the 11th minute and Sami Nicholl added a goal in the 28th as Lakeview took a 2-0 halftime lead en route to the District 5 victory in sloppy conditions.

The Honkers (8-2-1, 5-2-1 Dist. 5) tacked on two more goals in the second half against Illinois Valley, which dropped to 4-8 overall and 2-6 in league play.

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