Long Creek def. Grant Union JVs 6-1

LONG CREEK - Coming off a 7-3 win over Ukiah on Friday, Sept. 27, the Long Creek High School soccer team ran its season record to 2-0 with a 6-1 victory over the Grant Union junior varsity on Saturday, Sept. 28.

"We didn't play as well in this match as I would have liked, but we played well enough to win," Long Creek coach Scott Zarnegar said. "We let down in the second half and didn't get the mid-field possessions. We weren't attacking hard enough and getting to the ball. Against Ukiah I don't know how it happened. The kids played real will for the first match of the season, especially on defense. Even on their fast breaks, we were able to get back and defend."

Long Creek peppered the Grant Union net in the first half with a total of 18 shots on goal, and Jackson Bull, off an assist from Harvey Vrljic, gave the Mountaineers a 1-0 lead at the 18-minute mark.

Gabriel Valdez scored the first of his three goals in the match 10 minutes later upping the Long Creek lead to 2-0.

Fredrik Musa tallied an unassisted goal at the 36-minute mark to make the score 3-0, and Valdez scored his second goal of the first half two minutes later to give the Mountaineers a 4-0 halftime advantage.

Kasey Ashmead scored the lone goal for Grant Union four minutes into the second half, but Musa answered for the Mountaineers at the 58-minute mark to up the lead to 5-1.

Valdez put the final point on the board off an assist from Vrljic at the 62-minute mark.

Long Creek out-shot Grant Union 35-13 in the match.

The two teams square off in a rematch on Friday, Oct. 3 in John Day. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m.

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