VanDerZwan excels in Comets' victory

CENTRAL POINT — Ian VanDerZwan put it all together in Crater's Southern Sky Conference boys soccer opener Tuesday at Dutch Meyer Stadium.

The 6-foot-2 senior forward scored two goals and assisted on two others as the Comets defeated Klamath Union 4-3 in overtime.

VanDerZwan completed his productive match with the game-winning goal about two minutes into the second 10-minute overtime period. VanDerZwan took a pass played back, sliced through three Pelican defenders and netted a shot from inside the 18-yard box.

"Ian was in the right place at the right time," said Crater coach Chris Gallegos about the two-year starter. "We've been waiting for him to step up and take that leadership role. He got it today."

In the fifth minute, VanDerZwan opened the scoring off an assist from Junior Iboa.

Klamath Union tied the score on a Comet own goal about midway through the first half.

Crater (2-3, 1-0 SSC) grabbed a 3-1 lead just five minutes into the second half. Travis Robbins scored both goals: the first on a header off a throw by VanDerZwan, then by volleying in another VanDerZwan throw-in.

The Pelicans came back to tie the game in the last 15 minutes of regulation with goals by Stephen Albertson and Luis Ortega.

"We sat back on our heels and didn't keep up the intensity," said Gallegos. "It cost us."

Crater freshman goalkeeper Jorge Ruiz recorded five saves, including going high into the air to knock a Pel shot away in the first OT.

"(Ruiz) had some fabulous saves," said Gallegos. "He was jumping out of the sky."

Each team finished with 15 shots on goal.

"Anytime we play Klamath it is absolutely rough," said Gallegos. "It's survival of the fittest."

ASHLAND 9, MAZAMA 0 — At Klamath Falls, Simon Lindsay scored a pair of goals and Alex Murray had three assists and a goal to lead Ashland to a Southern Sky Conference victory.

Lindsay had back-to-back goals in the 29th and 34th minutes, both coming on feeds from Murray to give the Grizzlies (4-2-1 SSC) a 5-0 halftime advantage.

The Grizzlies outshot the Vikings 20-2 as Ashland goalkeepers Weston Overland and Noah Sohl combined for the shutout.


CRATER 4, KLAMATH UNION 1 — At Klamath Falls, Aime Wingler and Sadie Barlow each scored two goals to give Crater a boost in the Southern Sky matchup.

Wingler scored the first goal in the 15th minute off a pass from Kati Orr. Katie Gilbert brought the Pelicans back with a goal in the 20th minute from 8 yards out.

Barlow put the Comets back in the lead with a goal in the 25th and added another in the 37th, both assisted by Rikki Deats.

Wingler scored her second goal for Crater (2-4-1, 1-0 SSC) in the 45th minute, assisted by Rosita Ramirez.

ASHLAND 4, MAZAMA 0 — At Ashland, Amanda Greenstein scored two goals while Molly MacGraw added a goal and aided two others to lead the Grizzlies (2-2-3, 1-0 SSC) to a league-opening victory.

Greenstein took advantage of a defender's mistake to net the first goal in the 17th minute. Ashland took the 1-0 lead into the break before Kai Yearsly turned MacGraw's corner kick into a score in the 47th minute to give Ashland a 2-0 lead.

Greenstein scored her second goal off an assist from MacGraw in the 56th minute and MacGraw completed the scoring with a goal in the 60th minute.

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