Lopez-Cruz helps South ease by GP

GRANTS PASS — It took a while, but the South Medford boys soccer team finally heated up Saturday afternoon to score a 3-0 win over Grants Pass.

Neither team could find the net in the first half, but the Panthers had little trouble capitalizing in the second half with three goals to post their second straight shutout in Southwest Conference play.

"The guys in the beginning were a little confused defensively but they got it figured out," said South assistant Josh Desmond. "We missed some golden opportunities in the first half on some set pieces, but I felt like we pretty much had control the entire game."

Desmond took the place of South Medford coach Dave Kaufman, who was in Rohnert Park, Calif., being inducted into the Sonoma State University Hall of Fame for his soccer exploits.

"We had a big win for the team and for Dave," said Desmond.

Gilmar Lopez-Cruz set up South's first goal about five minutes into the second half with a long throw into space that Brian Avila ran onto, deked a defender and beat the goalie on a one-on-one.

Lopez-Cruz used his foot to set up another goal five minutes later, with the senior's low line-drive corner kick skipping through the pack to the sophomore Avila, who one-timed the ball into the goal.

The Panthers tacked on their third goal off another Lopez-Cruz corner kick, this time with fellow senior Santiago Guerrero going airborne for a header to seal the match.

"That was absolutely picturesque," Desmond said of Guerrero's goal. "There was no deflection or anything, just right into the net."

The three goals proved more than enough for goalkeeper Skyler Holt, who posted his second straight shutout for South (2-3-1, 2-0 SWC).

ROSEBURG 2, SHELDON 0 — At Eugene, Roseburg's defense limited Sheldon to six shots on goal and goalkeeper Brandon Johnson posted a shutout for the Indians in the Southwest Conference match.


SOUTH MEDFORD 2, GRANTS PASS 0 — Shanae Coker had a goal and an assist as South Medford remained undefeated heading into a showdown with North Medford next week.

The Panthers are 2-0 in the Southwest Conference, 6-0 overall, following the win over GP. They host the Black Tornado at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Coker fed Kelly Dunlap for a goal in the 33rd minute, the latter beating the keeper one-on-one.

Three minutes into the second half, Coker took a long pass from Anna Sours and scored.

NORTH MEDFORD 2, SOUTH EUGENE 1 — At Eugene, Ashley Chambers had a goal and an assist to lead North Medford (1-3-1, 1-0 SWC), which had its expected conference opener with Roseburg twice postponed to give North a week off from its last match.

Chambers won a header to set up North's first goal off a South Eugene goal kick, with Liz Perry running onto the ball to drill a one-time left-footed shot over the goalie from 20 yards out.

South Eugene tied the match three minutes into the second half.

Chambers was taken down in the 27th minute to set up a free kick from 25 yards out. Elly Tucker wrapped her free kick around the outside of South Eugene's defensive wall and Chambers came in from the left side to finish the play in front of the goalie.

SHELDON 4, ROSEBURG 1 — At Roseburg, Sheldon got three of its four goals off free kicks in a Southwest Conference matchup against Roseburg.

Corinne McWilliams gave the Irish their first goal off an indirect kick from outside the box in the 12th minute.

Carly King added a goal off a direct kick in the 18th minute, and Sheldon got another goal when Kelsey Hertel headed in a corner kick in the 26th, bringing the halftime score to 3-0.

Kate Wilton gave the Indians their only goal in the 70th minute, but the Irish answered on a goal from Bronte Jorgenson off another indirect free kick.

Roseburg (1-3-1, 0-1 SWC) will make up its twice postponed game against North Medford on Oct. 4.

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