Grant Union 13, Burns 2
JOHN DAY - Tuesday's non-league soccer match between Grant Union and Burns was a unique experience for Prospector fans. For the first time in school history, a soccer match was played under the lights at Three Flags Field and Grant Union delighted the large crowd attending the Sept. 23 event, which included the Prospector band, hammering the Hilanders 13-2.
The win lifted the Prospectors' season record to 2-4-1.
Grant Union came out ready to play, peppering the Hilander goal with a total of 47 shots in the match, including 27 in the first half alone. The Prospectors out-shot Burns 47-10 in the match.
Kevin Percy and Kerry Ashmead were scoring machines for Grant Union with Percy, the senior center midfielder scoring five goals and the junior center forward Ashmead tallying three times and assisting three others.
Eli McClure opened the onslaught connecting for the first goal in the match off an assist from Danny Cosgrove for a 1-0 lead a mere five minutes into the contest.
Percy scored his first goal off an Ashmead assist at the 11-minute mark to make the score 2-0, and McClure put his second goal of the match in the net with 18 minutes gone in the first half to up the lead to 3-0.
Percy's second goal one minute later made the score 4-0 before the Hilanders managed to get on the board.
Toby Schultz connected for Burns to shave the lead to 5-1, but Ashmead answered with his first goal at the 36-minute mark and Percy scored his third goal of the first half two minutes later to give Grant Union a 6-1 halftime advantage.
Percy tallied twice to open the second half upping the margin to 8-1, and Ashmead made the score 9-1 off an assist from Benjamin Sundermeier at the 51-minute mark.
Lucas Burton scored three minutes later and Ashmead hit his second goal of the second half off an assist from Leah Supulski at the 56-minute mark to give Grant Union a double-digit lead, 11-1.
Ben Cate put the ball in the net for Burns at the 59-minute mark on a free kick, but Josh Arnall responded for the Prospectors with a header good for a score three minutes later.
Cosgrove completed the scoring with a goal on a free kick with 17 minutes remaining in the game.
Good defense held Burns to just two shots on goal in the second half, and Prospector goal keepers David Young and Cody Boyer made a total of six saves in the match.
The Prospectors returned to non-league action on Tuesday, Sept. 30, traveling to Baker City to face the Bulldogs. Results were not available at presstime.