The Future of the Boys Soccer Team


Coach Brad Roupp

Karl Moeglein

After two thrilling overtime wins on two Ben Lucero goals, a 45 yard assist from David Lehrburger and a 16 save performance from Tejas Leier-Heyden in one game, Ashland’s boys soccer team has put itself in position to win the Midwestern League Championship.

The Grizzlies take on the Springfield Millers Saturday at North Mountain Park.

At 4-1 in league play, Ashland is tied for first in the Midwestern League standings with Marist. Springfield is creeping behind at 2-2. After defeating Marist 2-1 last Friday in overtime, Ashland controls its own destiny.

The top two teams in the league advance straight to the playoffs, while the third through sixth place teams have to play play-in games against teams from the Mid-Willamette conference.

A victory this Saturday clinches the conference title for Ashland. A tie mean that Springfield would have to beat Marist to give Ashland the league title, while an Ashland loss would knock them out of league title contention without extraordinary circumstances .

So far this year Ashland and Springfield have both scored 26 goals, and the Millers have allowed one less goal overall.

Both teams have lost to Churchill and Springfield lost to North Eugene, a team Ashland beat 2-0.

Whatever the result, Saturday’s game will have large playoff meaning for both teams.