TALENT — The Phoenix boys soccer team was prepared for Hidden Valley star Andrew Hanson, but the senior transfer from Minnesota was able to capitalize on the few opportunities he created in Thursday’s Skyline Conference showdown at Colver Field.
Hanson scored a goal in each half, including a key one with two minutes remaining, which was enough to hold off the Pirates for a 2-1 victory in a battle of two of the conference’s top squads.
“This guy is good. This guy had a heyday,” said Pirates coach Dennis Flenner. “I thought we’d have him handled today, but he got a few opportunities. This kid’s a player.”
Hanson scored on a breakaway in the 13th minute to give the Mustangs a 1-0 lead, which they held until the 78th, when Hanson connected again on another breakaway, giving Hidden Valley a 2-0 lead.
The Pirates (4-2-2, 4-2 Sky), however, kept coming, and Sergio Urena scored from 6 yards out during a scramble for the ball with one minute remaining to cut it to 2-1. The Pirates got off one last shot in the final minute, but it missed.
ROSEBURG 2, SOUTH MEDFORD 1: At Roseburg, junior forward Stephen Lake scored two first-half goals for Roseburg in the Southwest Conference game.
South Medford’s Kam Calhoun, a junior forward, won a scramble in the box and scored in the 57th minute to cut the Panthers’ deficit to 2-1.
South Medford (2-8, 2-7 SWC) received an outstanding performance from freshman goalie Jude Pannell, who made three difficult saves to keep the Panthers in contention.
SOUTH EUGENE 4, GRANTS PASS 0: At Eugene, Grants Pass (6-2-3, 5-1-3 SWC) wasn’t able to get anything going against the Southwest Conference's top squad.
South Eugene (8-2, 7-1 SWC) led 2-0 at halftime.
SOUTH MEDFORD 6, ROSEBURG 0: Junior forward Whitney Winans capitalized on her opportunities and scored South Medford’s first five goals in the Southwest Conference home victory.
The Panthers (6-2-2, 5-1-2 SWC) led 4-0 at halftime.
Ula Chamberlin assisted on South Medford’s first two goals and scored the final goal.
Chloe Alvarez enabled Winans third goal on a rebound off an Alvarez shot, then assisted on Winans’ last goal of the first half.
Hayle Mehl and Madelyn Pineda each recorded an assist.
Skylar Farmer, South’s junior goalkeeper, registered the shutout.
SHELDON 4, NORTH MEDFORD 1: At Eugene, North Medford seniors Madison Morgan, Courtney Denn and Hailee Hayes excelled in the Southwest Conference road loss.
Sheldon (5-3-1, 4-2-1 SWC) led 1-0 at halftime, then got separation with three early second-half goals.
North Medford (1-6-1, 1-5-1) scored when Morgan dribbled from the top of the box to the end line, then dropped a pass to Denn, who finished from close range in the 67th minute.
SOUTH EUGENE 2, GRANTS PASS 0: At Grants Pass, second-ranked South Eugene scored a goal in each half of the hard-fought SWC match.
Grants Pass (3-5-2, 2-5-2 SWC) had more shots on goal (7-4) and corner kicks (4-3) but couldn’t get one past the outstanding play of South Eugene senior goalie Isabella Oedekoven.
The Axemen scored on a solo effort by Sahve Beller in the 18th minute.
Beller assisted on freshman Devyn Simmons’ breakaway goal 13 minutes into the second period for a 2-0 South Eugene (7-1, 7-0) lead.
The Cavers received aggressive play up front from Taylor Mooney and Abby Torgerson, and Morgan Cochran created opportunities with runs from the wing. Grants Pass junior Elizabeth Williams performed well in the midfield.
HIDDEN VALLEY 3, PHOENIX 1: At Grants Pass, Phoenix held third-ranked Hidden Valley scoreless in the second half of the Skyline Conference match at Erik Pipher Field.
Carina Rodriguez scored an unassisted goal for Phoenix (3-6, 1-5 Sky) about 10 minutes into the game to tie the score 1-all.
Hidden Valley (7-1-1, 4-1-1) outshot the Pirates, 10-5.