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FC Southern Oregon goalkeeper Wes Overland is hoisted in celebration by his teammates after helping secure a win during a shootout in the Rogue Valley Cup. FC Southern Oregon captured the boys U19 Blue championship. - Denise Baratta

FC Southern Oregon nets title

Wes Overland wasn't about to come off the field.

The FC Southern Oregon goalkeeper rolled his ankle in the second half of the boys U19 Blue title game against RVSC Team Ramrod, and coach Brad Roupp approached him to ask if he was able to play as the game moved into the second of two overtimes.

"He said, 'I guarantee it,'" Roupp said. "What more do you want?"

After the two teams played to a 1-1 draw through regulation and two 15-minute overtime periods, Overland made a pivotal save against Team Ramrod's Tony Barbieri in penalty kicks as FC Southern Oregon won 2-1 on Monday on the final day of the Rogue Valley Cup at North Medford's Hoffbuhr Field.

"That's Wes," said Roupp, who coached Overland at Ashland. "Wes is the king of PKs (penalty kicks) and determination."

FC Southern Oregon, a collection of current seniors from the area, won 4-1 in penalty kicks.

Crater's Travis Robbins, South Medford's Matt Mendoza, Ashland's Simon Linsday and Adam Pavlich found the back of the net on their attempts for FC Southern Oregon.

Justen Nielsen beat Overland on the left side to even the score for Team Ramrod after Robbins' goal.

But following Mendoza's score, Overland lunged left and blocked the ball with both hands to deny Barbieri.

Linsday then scored, despite Snyder making solid contact with the ball, to put FC Southern Oregon ahead 3-1.

Team Ramrod's Dallas Bille missed wide left on the next attempt, and Pavlich clinched the victory with a clean shot by Snyder into the left side.

"I was just trying to make him (Snyder) think I was going right," Pavlich said. "Right when I made my run up, I opened up, and that usually means I'm going that way. But at the last second I just closed."

"This is huge," Pavlich added. "This is the last time we're playing together. Some of us have played together for 12 years. This is going to be a great memory."

Overland was in a familiar position when the game moved into penalty kicks.

He made a key save on a penalty kick in regulation of last year's Class 5A title game, though Ashland lost to Churchill 3-1.

Following Monday's victory, Overland wasn't about to reveal his tactics for making timely saves in pressure situations.

"I don't give away my secrets," he said. "I have my own strategy, and I do it all the time. It worked here.

"It (the title) means a great deal. We put in a lot of time and energy. It just shows it pays off. It's a good win because we're kind of the underdog. We're the younger kids. It's nice to knock off the bigger dogs."

It appeared Overland might be unable to finish the contest after reaching down to gather an uncontested ball early in the second half.

"I went to pick it up, and my leg just gave out on me," Overland said. "This field is like four inches thick of weird grass."

Overland writhed in pain before coaches helped him to his feet. After a short delay, Overland stayed in the game with FC Southern Oregon seemingly well in control despite holding just a 1-0 lead.

FC Southern Oregon dominated action in the first half but had just one goal to show for it after South Medford standout Beto Cortez scored in the 41st minute.

Cortez collected a loose ball in front of the box and lofted it by Snyder with his right foot.

Team Ramrod, primarily 2008 graduates of North and South Medford, presented a better attack in the second half and eventually tied the game on a header from Justin Taylor and an assist from Taylor Willi in the 84th minute.

Both teams had limited scoring opportunities in the two overtime sessions.

It was the only loss of the tournament for Team Ramrod. The team took third last year.

"To go 120 minutes and only allow one goal was fantastic," Team Ramrod coach Kurt Chapman said. "We pulled a bunch of college guys who have been off for a whole year. We're very, very pleased."

FC Southern Oregon went 3-0-1 in pool play to reach Monday's finals.

"This group of boys came together from different schools," Roupp said. "They've competed against each other for so many years. To bring them together and become very good friends, it's been a powerful season."

In other final games on Monday, the RVSC Lazers dropped a 2-1 match against GP United to finish in fourth in the girls U19 division.

Monday's Results

BOYS

First-second finals

U10 — RVSC Brazil 4, RVSC Thunder 3

U11 — RVSC Adrenaline 4, Torrent 1

U12 — Kaos Vortex 2, Flames 1

U13 — Barcelona 1, Patriots 0

U14 — Los Pumas 2, Azzuri 0

U16 — Kaos Wolfpack 1, EMFC Dynamo 0

U19 GREEN — Mad River United 2, FC United 0

U19 BLUE — FC Southern Oregon 2, RVSC Team Ramrod 1

Third-fourth finals

U11 — Lightning 3, Strikers 1

U12 — RVSC Lightning 2, Renegades 1

U13 — TNT 1, RVSC Shockwave 0

U14 — Raptors 5, Wolves 2

U16 — Corning Leones 4, Patriots 1

U19 BLUE — Malibu FC 6, SBSC Predators

GIRLS

First-second finals

U10 — NEFC 4, RVSC Future Stars 2

U11 — RVSC Black Thunder 4, RVSC Surge 1

U12 — RVSC Blackhawks 2, Eureka/FC Samoa 1

U14 BLUE — Red Hots 1, Nevada Elite Blue 0

U14 GREEN — Power Strikers 5, RVSC Annihilators 1

U16 BLUE — RVSC Thunder 3, RVSC Force 0

U16 GREEN — Azzuri Storm 4, RVSC Marauders 2

U17 — Fusion 2, Sparks Titans 0

U19 — Impulse 2, Missfit Red 1

Third-fourth finals

U11 — Strikers 1, Azzuri '98 0

U12 — Storm 3, Edge 0

U14 BLUE — CV Zephyrs 4, RVSC Storm 3

U14 GREEN — SMSE Wildcats 1, Inferno 0

U16 BLUE — Nitro 8, Altitude 2

U19 — GP United 2, RVSC Lazers 1

Reach reporter Luke Andrews at 776-4469, or e-mail landrews@mailtribune.com

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