South Medford relished the chance to get outside for a match and made the most of it, downing Ashland in nonleague boys soccer, 3-0, at South Medford High Tuesday.
“It wasn’t the best match,” said coach Claudio Villa, following the Panthers’ season opener. “But when you’re training indoors for three weeks or more, it wasn’t as pretty as I expected, but a win is a win. We’ll take it any day. I’m hoping we’ll catch a little break from the weather and can train outdoors.”
Mark Anguiano put South Medford on the scoreboard first with a header off a corner kick from Ruben Rodriguez in the 14th minute.
“The ball found his head pretty nice and he was able to hammer it in,” said Villa. “It takes some skill to put it in the back of the net.”
The score didn’t change until the second half.
In the 47th, Joel Izaguirre dribbled down the right side on a counter attack, beat a defender and crossed to Kam Calhoun, who punched it in with a diving header.
In the 67th, it was again the Izaguirre-to-Calhoun show. Izaguirre won a ball three-quarters downfield and set up Calhoun for a nice finish.
Goalie Jude Pannell and center back Calvin Whitley keyed the shutout.
“I think we have a talented team,” said Villa, “and if we can find the rhythm I’m looking for, we’re going to be just fine this year.”
CRATER 5, PHOENIX 0: At Phoenix, senior forward Makiah Palmer had two goals and an assist to lead Crater in the nonleague match.
Crater (1-0-1) scored all but one of its goals in the first half.
Mia Tewes struck in the fourth minute off Palmer’s assist. Palmer tallied 12 minutes later, taking a feed from freshman Kayleigh Gugliotta.
Montana Smith scored in the 25th minute, the assist going to McKenna Gugliotta on a corner kick. Palmer followed in the 29th with an assist from Hunter Ironside.
Allison Waters closed the scoring for Crater in the 48th, with another Kayleigh Gugliotta assist.
Goalie Lauren Noyes preserved the shutout late with a fine save.
The match was the season opener for Phoenix.
ASHLAND 7, KLAMATH UNION 2: At Ashland, senior Lilly Annen scored four goals — two in each half — to lead Ashland in the nonconference match at North Mountain Park.
Annen recorded both of the Grizzlies’ first-half goals, then doubled her tally on the night with two more strikes six minutes into the second period.
Ashland (1-1) also got goals from Raisa Rich, Luna Wilhelm and Maya Lackey.
ROSEBURG 10, EAGLE POINT 0: At Roseburg, Callie Price posted a hat trick for Roseburg in the nonconference game.
The Indians (1-0-1) led 3-0 at halftime.
Eagle Point slipped to 0-2 on the season.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 8, SOUTH UMPQUA 0: At Myrtle Creek, junior Bryton Plankenhorn scored a career-high five goals and Saiah Merrihew added two goals and four assists for Cascade Christian in the nonconference road victory.
The Challengers (2-2) led 2-0 at halftime on Plankenhorn’s goal in the 13th minute off a long pass from Merrihew, and Merrihew converted on a through ball from Jessica Mason.
Freshman Grace Melvin accounted for Cascade’s other goal on a booming shot from 30 yards over the head of the South Umpqua keeper.