Alvarez rallies South for first SOH triumph

GRANTS PASS — South Medford boys soccer head coach Dave Kaufman is certain of this much: Nothing is certain on the pitch.

That said, he considers his team's 2-1 victory over Grants Pass on Saturday — the Panthers' first Southern Oregon Hybrid win of the year — a major accomplishment.

"There is not a team you can count on this year to get a victory from," Kaufman said.

Humberto Alvarez scored two goals to help South rally after falling behind in the 20th minute. Kevin Wilcox scored to put the Cavemen on the scoreboard first.

Alvarez snuck in a shot after a Grants Pass defender got hung up on a ball and tripped in the 30th minute. The sophomore forward knocked in the go-ahead goal on an assist by Caleb Wright in the 60th minute.

"They didn't roll over," Kaufman said of the Cavemen (2-2, 1-1 SOH). "Grants Pass put one off the bar late in the game, but we hung on."

Goalkeeper Mitch North had three saves for South (2-3-1, 1-1). Forward Greg Alegria, Felipe Sanchez and the Panther defense all played well, Kaufman added.

ASHLAND 4, NORTH MEDFORD 0 — At Ashland, Ian Murray scored twice as Ashland improved to 4-1 with the nonconference win.

Murray knocked in a free kick in the 32nd minute to make it 2-0, then punched in a 6-yard shot in the 73rd off a pass from Zahara Cullumbine-Moyers to complete the scoring.

Neil Presicci's impressive free kick in the 19th and a breakaway goal by Simon Jensen in the 52nd accounted for the Grizzlies' other scores. Zach Hartman earned the shutout in goal.

ROSEBURG 3, CRATER 0 — At Central Point, Roseburg tallied two second-half goals to pull away in the Southern Oregon Hybrid match.

Steven Cruz scored 16 minutes in for Roseburg (5-0, 3-0 SOH), then Luke Hammer (63rd) and Brodie Faas (78th) scored in the second half.

Roseburg had an 11-5 advantage in shots over Crater (0-5, 0-3 SOH).

NORTH VALLEY 5, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0 — At Cave Junction, Jordan Crouse scored two goals and assisted on another for North Valley (2-1-1) in the nonconference match.

Crouse scored in the 23rd and 46th minutes and assisted Federico Martinez in the 29th minute.

Isaiah McLittle and Joey Tavares each added goals, the latter on a penalty kick, and McLittle had an assist while Matt Wessels had two.


NORTH MEDFORD 3, ASHLAND 0 — Kimmy Parker scored the game's first goal off a corner kick and Sarah Chambers did the honors next on a 20-yard blast following a nice through ball from Ashley Mitchell to help North Medford take a 2-0 lead into halftime at Hoffbuhr Field.

The Black Tornado (2-2-1) tacked on a goal by Amber Black early in the second half for the final margin after some nifty dribbling and a precise 18-yard boot.

McKensey Peters and Amanda Tonkin shared duties in goal to post the nonleague shutout against Ashland (3-2).

GRANTS PASS 1, SOUTH MEDFORD 0 — Katie Jenista scored on an assist by Sabrina Sheppard in the second half as Grants Pass denied South Medford of its first win of the season.

Jenista's tap-in came in the 53rd minute for the Cavers (3-2, 1-1 Southern Oregon Hybrid).

Goalkeeper Lindsey Namanny made eight saves for the Panthers (0-6, 0-2 SOH).

ROSEBURG 5, CRATER 1 — At Roseburg, Crater's Dalyn McCauley had the Comets' only goal in the Southern Oregon Hybrid loss.

Brooke Strawn, Bethany Logerstedt, Tristen Gilbert and Sierra Underwood all scored for the Indians (3-2, 3-0 SOH). Crater (1-5, 1-2) also had an own goal in the fourth minute.

ST. MARY'S 8, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0 — Five St. Mary's players scored their first varsity goals as the Crusaders cruised to the District 4 victory at U.S. Cellular.

McKenna Barnum, Deema Said, Ashley Holton, Kailyn Neidetcher and Nicole Martin each found the net for St. Mary's for the first time, while Gina Barbieri and Mackenzie Krieser combined for the shutout in goal.

Sarah Bennion and Krieser each scored in the first half to help the Crusaders (6-0-1, 1-0 Dist. 4) take a 6-0 lead at halftime. Illinois Valley had an own goal also in the opening half.

Said added two assists, while Abby Steinsiek, Krieser and Mary Eaton each had an assist.

ROGUE RIVER 2, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 0 — Rogue River scored twice in the first half of the District 4 match at U.S. Cellular.

Kristen Cutting tallied on an assist from Kelly Maxey in the 10th minute, and Laura Bennett scored in the 29th minute after taking a pass from Jessa Fricke.

Brittany Coulter had 10 saves for the Chieftains (5-0, 1-0 Dist. 4).

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