Axemen win battle of the Souths in Southwest Conference tilt

South Medford missed a chance to separate itself from the field in the Southwest Conference boys soccer race on Saturday, with visiting South Eugene tallying a 2-0 win at Spiegelberg Stadium.

The Panthers had entered the fray with a three-point advantage on the Axemen and Roseburg in the SWC standings, but now find themselves in a three-way tie with the Indians coming to town Tuesday.

"Our engine just wasn't running," South Medford coach Dave Kaufman said of Saturday's effort. "We didn't bring our 'A' game. It's unfortunate for us because to get a point or three today would've been great for our progress, but it wasn't meant to be. We're just going to have to regroup and get back to it on Tuesday."

Skyler Holt finished with seven saves for the Panthers (3-4-1, 3-1 SWC).

NORTH MEDFORD 3, SHELDON 1, OT — At Eugene, Jorge Maldonado booted in the go-ahead goal in overtime and North Medford added an insurance goal to secure a Southwest Conference win over Sheldon.

Maldonado connected from 10 yards out on a cross from Tony Barbieri in the 82nd minute. One minute later, John Clarke gathered a loose ball on the right side of the field and found the back of the net from 25 yards to notch North Medford's second overtime goal.

Jace Snyder was solid in goal, making three saves for the Black Tornado (3-3-1, 2-2 SWC), which outshot the Irish 18-4.

ROSEBURG 3, GRANTS PASS 2 — At Roseburg, Roseburg (4-3-1, 3-1 SWC) put three scores on the board in the first half but had to hang on for the victory in the second half against Grants Pass (2-5-1, 1-3).

Sophomore forward Brady Sherriff scored on an unassisted play in the eighth minute of the game and then sent a corner kick to teammate Aaron Funderburk for a score in the 16th minute. Sherriff scored again from about 15 yards out on an assist from Lorenzo Vazquez in the 27th minute.

Grants pass mounted a comeback in the second half with a goal in the 52nd minute from Mickey Allapach off a corner kick and then on a penalty kick taken by Dallas Bille in the 71st minute.

Southern Sky

CRATER 3, MAZAMA 0 — At Klamath Falls, Eddie Corona scored twice and Crater outshot Mazama 25-1 in the Southern Sky victory.

Matt Crowl opened the scoring for Crater in the 23rd minute, with Corona tallying in the 28th minute on an assist by Ian VanDerZwan and in the 47th minute off a Junior Iboa assist.

Jorge Ruiz posted the shutout in goal for the Comets (3-3, 2-0 SSC).

ASHLAND 1, EAGLE POINT 0 — At Ashland, Simon Lindsay's score in the 21st minute was the only of the day between league foes Ashland and Eagle Point in a defensive battle.

Lindsay scored after a deflected cross went to teammate Alex Murray, who then lobbed a pass to Lindsay for a one-on-one opportunity.


HENLEY 1, PHOENIX 0, shootout — At Talent, all five of Henley's shooters found the net in the shootout while four of five shooters for Phoenix did the same to decide the Skyline Conference nail-biter.

The fifth shooter for Phoenix, senior Angel Carlin, shot a low line drive to his right but Henley goalkeeper Max Malcomb guessed correctly and deflected the shot away for the win.

Christian Parra, Geoff Jensen, Woody Giardina and Danny Giardina scored in the shootout for Phoenix (4-5, 2-3 Skyline).

HIDDEN VALLEY 9, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0 — At Murphy, senior captain Corey Dean scored two goals and seven other players got on the board as Hidden Valley rolled to the Skyline Conference win.

Dean scored twice inside the first 20 minutes, sandwiching tallies around one by Rob Erkeneff. Justen Nielsen and Taylor Willi scored to make it 5-0 at halftime.

Second-half goals for Hidden Valley (6-1. 4-0 Skyline) were by Eric Hines, Blake Andreason, Christian Rentero and Tyler Moye.

District 3

ST. MARY'S 4, UMPQUA VALLEY CHRISTIAN 1 — St. Mary's chalked up four first half goals to roll past Umpqua Valley Christian at Spiegelberg Stadium.

Lou Arne opened scoring for the Crusaders (7-0-1, 3-0 District 3) in the eighth minute on a pass from Bay Gross.

St. Mary's Jeremy Kotler netted from 10 yards out in the 13th minute then Nick DeYarmen buried a penalty kick two minutes later. Keenan Grant also scored for St. Mary's.

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