Grizzlies storm back to tie North Medford

MEDFORD — Ian Rinefort’s header off a corner kick tied the game in the final seconds as Ashland overcame a 2-0 second-half deficit to forge a 2-2 draw with Class 6A North Medford in nonleague boys soccer action Thursday at North Medford High School.

The host Black Tornado took control early with an 11th-minute strike by Caleb Forte and added an insurance goal two minutes into the second half on a scramble in the box.

The Grizzlies (5-1-2) used some brilliant teamwork to halve the lead in the 52nd. Scott Gustafson began the combination by driving a free kick into the box to Declan Hinkley, who headed it across the mouth of the goal to Jade Boucher, who chested it to Rinefort. Rinefort’s ensuing header flashed toward the left post, where Ben Lucero one-touched it in for the goal.

“The ball never hit the ground until right before it scored,” Ashland coach Brad Roupp said.

Ashland tied the game with six seconds remaining when Jahnoi Hall delivered a perfect corner kick five yards beyond the far post, where Rinefort came through with a header into the corner.

“We did well to tie it,” Roupp said.

Roupp added that senior right back Dylan Kistler, sophomore right wing Samuel Austin and senior target player Joe Holden made key contributions during the comeback.

"Those three guys came in and just really played smart soccer and helped us hold the game," Roupp said.

North Medford fell to 3-2-2.

Next up for Ashland is a home game Saturday against Midwestern League rival Thurston. The game is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. at Walter A. Phillips Field.

Prep Volleyball

Marist beat Ashland in straight sets 25-17, 25-16, 25-15, in a Midwestern League tilt Thursday at Mountain Avenue Gym.

Emily DuVall had seven kills, 11 digs and two aces to lead the Grizzlies (3-8, 3-5 MWL), while Alex Crane added seven kills and Sydney Philpott nine digs.

Marist improved to 8-4, 7-1 in MWL play.

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