North boys clinch top spot

GRANTS PASS — North Medford's boys soccer team caught a break early and then caught fire to pull away from Grants Pass for a 3-2 victory Saturday night at Mel Ingram Field.

The win secured at least a share of the Southern Oregon Hybrid championship for the Black Tornado and the league's No. 1 seed in the state playoffs. The championship is the first for North Medford (7-4-2, 5-2-1 SOH) since 2005.

South Medford (4-2-1 SOH) has a chance to become co-champions with a home win Tuesday against Grants Pass. A loss or a tie to the Cavemen would leave North Medford as the outright champion. The Tornado holds the tiebreaker over South thanks to a 2-0 win and scoreless tie in earlier matchups.

Another contender for an automatic berth, Roseburg (4-3 SOH), wraps up the regular season at home Tuesday against Crater.

Grants Pass (7-4-1, 4-3 SOH) grabbed the lead about two minutes into the contest on a 30-yard blast to the corner of the goal by Taylor Griggs.

The Cavemen gave one back in the 11th minute, however, after some defensive miscommunication that saw the goalkeeper come out to play a ball just as a GP defender put a header back toward him. The ball found its way into the goal for a 1-all tie.

North took the lead following a corner kick by Brian Carbonell, with Garrett Byrd flicking the ball to fellow freshman Benito Torres, who one-touched it out of the air for a goal.

Six minutes later, Brandon Schoenmann put his team up 3-1 with a 30-yard rocket of a shot.

"It was one of those ones where the goalkeeper just has no chance because the guy makes that good of a shot," North head coach Dan Torrey said of the effort, which mirrored Griggs' earlier shot.

Dillon Witham pulled the Cavemen within a goal in the 82nd minute with a header on a corner kick by Kevin Wilcox, but the Black Tornado stiffened on defense and kept GP at bay.

"We had plenty of shots at the end there, we just couldn't get them in," said GP head coach Lowell Anderson. "They did a great job clearing and taking time off the clock. They deserved the win. We came out a little flat and weren't ready or as hungry as they were."

Leading scorer Jesus Solorio gave his Tornado team a big lift with his defensive play on Griggs following the early goal.

"After (Griggs) scored that first goal, (Solorio) took it upon himself to shut him down because they are two of the best players in the conference and he knew that's what we needed," added Torrey.

SOUTH MEDFORD 2, ROSEBURG 0 — Kodie Artner tallied a goal and an assist to lead South Medford to its third straight win in Southern Oregon Hybrid play at Spiegelberg Stadium.

Artner broke a scoreless tie in the second half with a goal off an assist by David Delladio in the 47th minute.

The Panthers (6-5-2, 4-2-1 SOH) padded their lead in the 79th minute when Artner got free in the back and had his shot blocked but Colt Sauers was right there to follow up for his first career goal.

Mitch North secured the shutuot in goal by snagging a half dozen balls out of the air.

Roseburg dropped to 8-4-1 overall and 4-3 in league.

EAGLE POINT 2, CRATER 2 — At Eagle Point, senior Tyler Van Dyke scored in the final five minutes for Eagle Point to tie the match and the contest ended that way after the referees decided there would be no overtime periods for the nonleague match.

Jose Lopez scored midway through the first half from 18 yards out for the Eagles (1-9-2).

Crater sophomore Ivan Ensisco scored in the 32nd minute to make it 1-all at the half, then the Comets (0-11-1) took the lead when sophomore Brently Sturm beat Eagle Point's goalie to the ball and scored 10 minutes into the second half.

Skyline Conference

HIDDEN VALLEY 1, PHOENIX 0 — At Murphy, Robin Klimczak followed up a shot by Devin Bezoff in the 38th minute and scored on the rebound to propel Hidden Valley to the Skyline Conference victory.

The Mustangs clinched the Skyline title by remaining undefeated at 12-0 and 8-0 in conference, while second-place Phoenix dropped to 7-4 overall and 5-3 in Skyline play.

District 3

ST. MARY'S 6, ROGUE RIVER 0 — Host St. Mary's improved to 6-0 in District 3 play and thwarted Rogue River's effort to pull into a first-place tie with the Crusaders (8-2-2) in the league standings.

Juan Becerra-Felix scored three goals and St. Mary's registered its sixth straight shutout in league play at U.S. Cellular Park.

The Crusaders led 3-0 at halftime.

Poncho Acuna-Miranda opened the scoring in the first minute off an assist from Harrison Leep.

Becerra-Felix tallied his first goal in the 16th minute and Leep completed the opening-half scoring.

Leep added a second-half goal to go with two by Becerra-Felix.

Renzo Marchini had two assists and Victor Woo had one for the District 3-leading Crusaders.

Rogue River dropped to 4-2 in league and 6-6 overall.

ILLINOIS VALLEY 6, GLIDE 0 — At Cave Junction, sophomore forward Jovany Sanchez registered a hat trick to lead Illinois Valley to the District 3 triumph.

Freshman Boaz Dillon followed his own shot for a goal in the fifth minute, and Sanchez added a 10-yard chip in the 22nd minute to give the Cougars (4-7, 3-2 Dist. 3) a 2-0 halftime lead.

Sanchez scored on a header off a Keith Lewin corner kick in the 42nd minute and deposited a failed clearing pass off another corner kick eight minutes later.

Freshmen Jason Meichtry and Matt Shane capped the scoring for IV.

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