Raquel Robles, left, of FCSO United gets the ball from Liz Perry of RVSC Lazers during the girls U-19 match Sunday at the Rogue Valley Cup. - Photo by Denise Baratta

Crater's Barlow helps United girls edge Lazers

Familiar faces abounded Sunday morning during a U-19 girls division game at the 15th annual Rogue Valley Cup soccer tournament.

The top two teams — both unbeaten entering Sunday's game — knew one another quite well, with onetime school teammates playing with and against each other.

That familiarity led to a defensive struggle, ultimately won out by RVSC FC SO United, 1-0 over the RVSC Lazers at North Medford High.

But the two sides are not done with each other just yet.

RVSC United, which tied the Humboldt Sequoias 2-2 in its later game Sunday, will meet the RVSC Lazers, who took down the Phoenix Rampage 2-1 in its final game Sunday, at 10 a.m. today in the championship match.

On Sunday, United's Sadie Barlow, of Crater High, punched in a first-half goal to give her team all the offense it would need against the Lazers on damp, slightly soggy field conditions.

Barlow's long-distance goal knuckled over Lazers' goalkeeper Kendra McMillan.

"I think (McMillan) may have mis-read it," said United coach Hector Cruz of the game-deciding goal. "The ball knuckled a bit and on this wet field you never know what's going to happen."

"(Barlow) had a great shot," added Lazers' coach Beth Coker. "The ball just sunk behind our goalie."

The Lazers missed on a handful of opportunities to equalize, including one direct shot in the closing seconds by Rachel Nisbet.

On the play, Nisbet, knowing her shot would most likely be the last, squared herself from about 30 yards out and sent a high, bending attempt towards goal. The attempt, unfortunately for the Lazers, landed right in the waiting arms of United keeper Chelsea Giesen.

"It's exciting, isn't it?" said Coker. "It's neat to see two Rogue Valley teams that are both undefeated playing each other like this. We knew playing them it would come down to something like this. Our team played with such heart today. That's what makes it such fun."

United is made up of playersfrom United is made up of players North Medford, Grants Pass, North Valley, St. Mary's, Crater and Hidden Valley.

The Lazers also have strong local ties, with players coming from North and South Medford High, St. Mary's and Phoenix.

"We knew a lot of the girls because they played with us during the winter," said Cruz, who has headed the core group of FC players the last three years. "Knowing their strengths and knowing their weaknesses was key. That, and possession, played a big part."

Coker, whose daughter Shanae plays on the team, coached the Lazers from their U-11 days up to the U-14 division.

The team came back together within the last year.

"It's been a blast," said coach Coker. "These kids are such competitors and great athletes. It's great to be back."

In boys U-19 action, the Phoenix FC Outkast ran their shutout streak to four games with a 2-0 victories over FC Humboldt and Colo Colo.

Phoenix will face the Portland OSA Strikers today at 10 a.m. in the championship match. The OSA Strikers, who enter the championship with a 3-1 record, defeated Phoenix last year in the championship contest.

In its two wins Sunday, Phoenix picked up a pair of goals from Rodrigo Ramos off assists from midfielder Alex Murray and single goals from Dominique Agnimel and Chris Campbell.

It was the defense, however, that once again propelled FC Outkast.

"Our keeper (Junior Luviano) is doing a great job," said Phoenix coach Tom Wimmer. "That's what we do well is defense."

All championship matches for all divisions start at 10 a.m. Third-place games will take place at 8 a.m.

Sunday's Results

Not all scores available as of press time

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U10 — Steelheaders 4, Terminators 1; Panthers 2, Devil Rays 1.

U11 — Solano Seahawks 5, Flames 0.

U12 — Tahoe United 6, Kahunas 3; Atomics 5, RVSC Vipers 0; TNT 3, Rapids 0; RVSC Shockwave 7, Arsenal 0.

U14 — ASC United 2, Los Pumas 1; FC Arsenal 13, TRSC Kids Unlimited 0; Juventud 6, Kryptonite 0; RVSC Fuego 3, RVSC Riot 0.

U16 — Finale 3, Lightning 0; Nike Rush 2, RVSC United 0.

U16 CLASSIC — Tsunami 2, Rebels 0.

U17 — BUSC Celtics 6, TRSC United 0; RVSC FC SO OR 4, South Shore United 0; Rush 1, Arsenal 1.

U19 — OSA Strikers 2, SAY Soccer Select 0; RVSC Red 1, Colo Colo 0; RVSC FC SO OR United 4, Reno Envy 0; FC Outkast 2, FC Humboldt 0; FC Humboldt 1, OSA Strikers 0; FC Outkast 2, Colo Colo 0.


U11 — RVSC Blackhawks 3, CV Falcons 2; So. Tahoe Football 3, Heartbreakers 96 Maroon 2.

U12 — Quicksilver 3, ASC Pursuit 0; CV Extreme 1, Blitz 1; RVSC Power Strikers 4, Nevada Elite 0.

U13 — RVSC Storm 1, Velocity 1; Netrippers 2, RVSC Tigers 1; SR United Storm 3, ASC Flame 1.

U14 — Chaos 6, Crush 0; Strikers 6, RoShamBo 0; Synergy 2, Dynamites 0.

U15 — Nitro 1, Humboldt Torrent 1; Celtics 3, Elements United 1.

U17 — Grants Pass United 2, Tahoe Altitude 1.

U17 CLASSIC — Carson Valley Backdraft 0, FC Sting 0; ASC Supernova 2, CARRYohn 0; Sparks Titans 3, FC Valkyrie 0.

U19 — RVSC FC SO United 1, RVSC Elite Lazers 0; RSU Crush 2, Humboldt Sequoias 1; TRSC Panthers 0, Coyotes 0.

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