For nearly 70 minutes, North Medford and Grants Pass played to a draw on Saturday in Southwest Conference boys soccer action at Hoffbuhr Field.
The final 10 minutes of the match, however, belonged to North Medford, which earned its first SWC victory with a 4-1 win over the visiting Cavemen (2-6, 1-3 SWC).
"We responded well," North Medford coach Matt Soper said after the match was tied 1-1 heading into the final 10 minutes of action. "We've been so close the last three games. It was just any time now that we were going to break through. Today, I asked that they give all they had and they did that.
"We got stronger as the game went on."
Aside from a 5-0 setback against Roseburg, North (2-5-1, 1-3) had lost its previous three games by a combined four goals.
Grant Anderson scored the go-ahead goal in the 70th minute off a penalty kick and Dylan Schwarm drilled a free kick from 25 yards out for another score in the 77th minute. Dustin Torrey beat two defenders for the final goal of the game on his 7-yard shot.
Grants Pass took a 1-0 lead in the first half on a goal by Paul Woodhead and the Black Tornado responded with a goal in the 55th minute on a free kick from freshman Jesus Solorio from 24 yards out.
Grants Pass coach Neil Sniffen said North had 15 free kicks in the game outside the Cavemen's 18-yard box.
"When you get that many free opportunities right outside the box, the law of averages is that one of them is going to go in," said Sniffen. "We defended all but three of them.
"My hat's off to North. When we gave them some opportunities, they were able to capitalize. Once the flood gates opened, it was tough to stop."
Grants Pass goalkeeper Jamey Keefe kept his team competitive for most of the match, denying North Medford on multiple opportunities in the first half. The Black Tornado outshot the Cavemen 19-9.
"He's a big kid," Soper said of Keefe. "He came up huge."
Ryan Nicholson had four saves for North Medford and Waldo Calvillo led the defensive attack.
"We needed this game to prove to ourselves that we can win," Soper said.
SOUTH MEDFORD 3, SHELDON 1 — At Eugene, South Medford made its second trip to Eugene this week a successful one behind two goals from Beto Cortez in the Southwest Conference victory over Sheldon (1-6, 0-4 SWC).
South Medford (6-1-1, 4-0), which defeated South Eugene on Tuesday, also received a goal from Kory Kellum following a corner kick by T.J. Flowers.
Kellum's goal made it 2-0 at the half after Cortez scored his first goal in the 10th minute on a deflected free kick. Cortez's second goal came in the 50th minute on an assist by Brian Avila. Sheldon scored its only goal in the 60th minute on a penalty kick, which broke the Panthers' streak of five shutout games.
SOUTH EUGENE 2, ROSEBURG 1, OT — At Eugene, Zach Donner's goal in the fifth minute of the first 10-minute overtime session lifted South Eugene to the hard-fought SWC victory.
Aaron Funderburk put Roseburg (6-2, 3-1 SWC) ahead in the 46th minute with a goal off an assist by Brady Sherriff, but Colton Hubler answered for the Axemen (3-1 SWC) with an unassisted goal three minutes later.
ASHLAND 5, EAGLE POINT 0 — At Eagle Point, Adam Pavlich had two goals and Reed Chasmar had a goal and an assist in Ashland's Southern Sky Conference victory.
Nate Roupp and Dakota Wolff also had goals for Ashland (6-1-1, 2-0 SSC). The best scoring chance for Eagle Point (4-1-2, 0-1 SSC) came 30 minutes into the second half when a shot hit the crossbar.
CRATER 5, MAZAMA 0 — At Central Point, Crater's Travis Robbins headed in back-to-back goals and limited Mazama to six shots on goal in the Southern Sky match.
Both of Robbins' headers, which came in the 27th and 33rd minutes, came off corner kicks from Elias Rangle.
Skyler Licato gave the Comets (3-4-1, 2-0 SSC) their first goal 13 minutes in on a pass from Matt Crowl, who scored an unassisted goal in the 41st minute.
Robbins also assisted on Anthony Zamora's goal in the 73rd minute.
Crater goalkeeper Ben Pertzer had a pair of saves to earn the shutout.
- HENLEY 11, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0 — At Klamath Falls, Henley had all 11 goals in the first half and nine different players scored as the Hornets (8-1-1, 3-0 Skyline) won the Skyline Conference match in dominating fashion against Illinois Valley (0-5, 0-3).
- NORTH VALLEY 4, WESTERN MENNONITE 3 — At Merlin, Kevin Hagenbuch redeemed himself for an earlier missed penalty kick by scoring the game-winning goal in the 71st minute for North Valley (2-4, 1-2 Skyline) in the nonconference match.
Tyler Baertschiger had two goals for North Valley, including one that tied it 3-3 in the 67th minute, and Tyler Goens also scored.
Kristopher Wessels had six saves for North Valley, which also benefited from strong play by freshmen Jagger Bernacel and Cody Goens.
ST. MARY'S 11, GOLD BEACH 1 — Keenan Grant got St. Mary's off and running with two early goals and Lou Arne had a hat trick as the Crusaders crushed Gold Beach in a Sunset League match at Spiegelberg Stadium.
Grant scored in the second and 22nd minutes, followed by the first of three goals for Arne.
Arne also assisted on both of Harrison Leep's goals. Alex Spears also tallied a pair of goals with Bay Gross and Mark Raniele knocking in one apiece for the Crusaders (5-2, 5-1 District 3).
GLIDE 5, ROGUE RIVER 0 — At Glide, Taylor Vian scored three goals and goalkeeper Josh Dyer had his first shutout of the season in Glide's District 3 victory over Rogue River (1-5).
Jesse Hopkins scored in the 10th minute and Josiah Brown scored on a penalty kick in the 20th minute, sandwiched between Vian's first goal, for Glide (1-3-1).