Panther boys strike early against Grants Pass

Two games into the Southwest Conference boys soccer schedule, and South Medford has had little to complain about.

The Panthers scored three first-half goals and relied on a staunch defense to ease by Grants Pass 3-0 at Spiegelberg Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

"It was a good match for us," said South Medford coach Dave Kaufman. "We didn't end up scoring any in the second half but I think we controlled the game very well. After scoring a few goals you kinda take the wind out of their sails."

Brian Avila got things going with a goal in the 11th minute off a set play that saw Michael Eagle clear the ball near midfield to Beto Cortez, and then Cortez deliver to Avila.

"It was just a nice cross in from the left-hand side and Brian had a first-time finish on the goal," said Kaufman. "It was a nice buildup."

Avila returned the favor in the 30th minute, this time on a buildup from the right side where he found Nathan Diaz for a goal.

The Panthers (4-1-1, 2-0 SWC) capped the scoring in the 37th minute when Matt Mendoza scored off an assist by Christian Horstman.

South finished with a 20-2 advantage in shots on goal, and a 10-3 edge in corner kicks.

Skyler Holt earned the shutout in goal, giving the Panthers five shutouts in their first six games.

"It's a testament to our defensive unit because we've only given up two goals in our first six games, and those came in one game," said Kaufman.

SOUTH EUGENE 1, NORTH MEDFORD 0 — Connor Jones scored in the 55th minute to lift South Eugene to the SWC victory at Hoffbuhr Field.

Evan Turner made four saves to earn the shutout in goal for the Axemen (2-0 SWC).

ROSEBURG 9, SHELDON 0 — At Roseburg, Brady Sherriff had three goals and an assist and Steven Strickland two goals as Roseburg improved to 5-1 overall, 2-0 in the SWC.

Other scorers for the Indians, who led 5-0 at halftime, were Josh Malone, Aaron Funderburk, Manny Mendoza and Skyler Schroeder.

Skyline Conference

PHOENIX 8, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0 — At Cave Junction, Japanese foreign exchange student Ryo Nishimura scored three goals in the first 19 minutes as Phoenix took a 5-0 halftime lead.

Nishimura, playing in just his third game of the season, notched his first hat trick. Nishimura opened the scoring on a penalty kick in the third minute, then added goals in the eighth and 19th minutes. Danny Giardina scored in the 17th minute and Carlos Mena accounted for the Pirates' other opening period goal.

The Pirates (5-2, 2-1 Dist. 6) received second-half goals from Frankie Torres, Miguel Diaz and Tito Quirate.

Illinois Valley had just one shot in the game.

District 3

ST. MARY'S 7, CANYONVILLE CHRISTIAN 1 — At Canyonville, junior forward Keenan Grant notched a hat trick as St. Mary's rolled to a District 3 win.

Grant posted two first-half goals and tacked on another just three minutes into the second half.

Lou Arne added two goals for the Crusaders (3-2, 3-1 Dist. 3), while Kelly Mosley and Bay Gross also scored. Alex Spears had two assists, with Davis Darnall, Grant and Arne each adding helpers.

CRESWELL 3, ROGUE RIVER 0 — At Creswell, a deep throw in on a small field led to Creswell's first goal and the Bulldogs fended off Rogue River for the District 3 win.

After the throw in found a cluster of players in front of the far post and the ball was muscled into the goal, Creswell tacked on a pair of goals off a penalty kick and a breakaway in the second half to deny the Chieftains (0-4 District 3).

Rogue River was only outshot 10-6 but couldn't capitalize on its attempts.


SUMMIT 1, CRATER 0 — At Bend, Crater's consistent forays into Summit territory came up empty in the nonconference game, and the Storm's lone goal in the 66th minute held up.

Travis Robbins led an aggressive defense for the Comets (1-4-1).

EAGLE POINT 4, CROOK COUNTY 4 — At Eagle Point, the third goal that Alex Rodriguez had a hand in knotted the score with two minutes remaining in the nonconference tilt.

Rodriguez, who earlier assisted on two goals by Juan Pulido, took a chip pass over the defense from Tyler Van Dyck and scored to make it 4-4.

Eight minutes earlier, a goal by Ernesto Esquivel, who cleaned up a scramble for the loose ball in the box, had pulled the Eagles within one.

Eagle Point (3-0-2) got several fine saves from goalie Hernan Torres.

ASHLAND 2, WOODBURN 2 — At Woodburn, the second Adam Pavlich goal gave Ashland (4-1-1) the tie in the nonconference contest.

In the 73rd minute, Pavlich took an assist from Simon Linsday and recorded the goal. His other score came in the 50th minute on a header following a pass from Derek Owens-Oas.

Woodburn, which led 1-0 at halftime, scored in the 31st and 68th minutes.

The Grizzlies are 4-1-1.

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