South Medford junior midfielder Felipe Sanchez netted the game's only goal to send the Panthers to a 1-0 victory over Grants Pass in Southern Oregon Hybrid boys soccer at South Medford High on Saturday.
"It was not pretty, but it was pretty hot," South Medford head coach Dave Kaufman said.
Sanchez's goal, which came around the 25th minute, was assisted by Kodie Artner. Sanchez took the touch and unleashed a left-footed shot at the top of the penalty area from about 18 yards out.
The loss was the Cavemen's first of the year.
"That was all we needed, but Grants Pass didn't go down easy," Kaufman said. "They made it challenging for us for sure. Their coach is really starting to see some benefits of a few years of hard work. I suspect they could potentially surprise some people in league."
Goalkeeper Mitch North recorded three crucial saves in the shutout for South (3-1-2, 2-0 SOH).
After the game, Grants Pass (5-1, 1-1 SOH) presented the Panthers with two team-signed soccer balls for South Medford High junior Humberto Alvarez and his 5-year-old brother Marco.
Earlier this month, Humberto took part in a bone marrow transplant for Marco, who has been sick with lymphoma.
NORTH MEDFORD 2, ASHLAND 0 — North Medford's defense recorded its third straight shutout and Garrett Byrd assisted on both goals in the home nonconference match at Hoffbuhr Field.
The Black Tornado (4-1) has allowed the third fewest goals in the state, said coach Dan Torrey, crediting goalkeeper Conner Ginder and defenders Jose Mendoza, Arturo Torres, Christian Siordia and Bryan Carbonell.
Bennie Torres scored in the 32nd minute on a pass from Byrd, and Jesus Solorio tallied in the 71st. Solorio, in the 18-yard box, volleyed a 40-yard free kick of Byrd's into the net without allowing the ball to hit the ground.
Ashland is 1-4-1.
ROSEBURG 2, CRATER 1, OT — At Roseburg, Crater senior forward Trevor Magel knocked in a goal to even things at 1 before Roseburg netted the decisive score in the fourth minute of overtime.
Sophomore defender Norberto Estrada's free kick from about 35 yards out took a bounce over the Roseburg goalkeeper with about 12 minutes left in regulation, opening Magel's scoring opportunity.
Roseburg's Jacob Noland scored both of his team's goals, including the game-winner in OT, against Crater (0-5, 0-3 Southern Oregon Hybrid).
The Indians are 3-2 overall and 1-2 in the SOH.
NORTH VALLEY 6, ILLINOIS VALLEY 1 — At Murphy, North Valley's Manuel Miramontes and Trinidad Flores each recorded two goals in the nonconference rout.
Isaiah McLittle and Mickey Nelson also scored and Hector Garcia, Cody Martin, Wes Hambleton and McLittle added assists for the Knights (1-1-1), who led 5-0 before Boaz Dillon netted a goal in the 38th minute for Illinois Valley (1-2-1).
ST. MARY'S 7, OREGON EPISCOPAL 1 — Adler Thomas scored two goals and had one assist and Adrian Becerra chipped in a goal and two assists to lead St. Mary's to the nonconference victory at U.S. Cellular.
Harrison Leep, Reid Arne and Michael Gambee each scored and had an assist, with Tracy Selgado also netting a goal for the Crusaders (5-0).
St. Mary's led 5-0 at halftime and limited OES to one shot in the first half and four overall.
PLEASANT HILL 4, ROGUE RIVER 2 — At Pleasant Hill, Eric Spresser's three goals, including two in the first half that led to a 3-0 halftime lead, paced Pleasant Hill in the nonconference match.
Rogue River's Jason Daly scored in the 68th minute with an assist from Brandon Kynsi. Kynsi scored in the 70th on a dish from Brian Stinchcomb as the Chieftains dropped to 1-2.
Rogue River keeper Terry Schmidt made 24 saves.
GRANTS PASS 5, SOUTH MEDFORD 3 — At Grants Pass, South Medford's Jessie Thornton scored two goals in the Southern Oregon Hybrid match.
The senior center midfielder drew the Panthers within a goal, down 3-2, after she scored about three minutes into the second half. But Grants Pass (3-1-1, 2-0 SOH) had a response, adding some insurance scoring before South junior midfielder Michelle Rullamas netted a goal around the 65th minute on an assist from Lauren Miller.
Goalkeeper Lindsey Namanny had six saves for the Panthers (1-3-2, 0-2 SOH).
NORTH MEDFORD 6, ASHLAND 0 — At Ashland, six North Medford players scored and the Black Tornado got a big lift from its reserve players to earn the nonconference victory.
Alesha Major scored off a header in the 23rd minute and Ashley Mitchell netted a deflected corner kick to give North (6-0) a 2-0 halftime lead.
Sarah Chambers scored in the 41st minute on a rebound from Amanda Hisey's shot and Becca Allen converted a penalty kick five minutes later.
McKensie Ragan and Sydney Thomas closed out the scoring for North.
ROSEBURG 2, CRATER 0 — At Central Point, Sierra Underwood scored in the 29th minute on an assist from Brooke Strawn, and Strawn scored an unassisted goal in the 46th minute as Roseburg won the SOH contest.
The Indians (3-2, 2-1 SOH) had 21 shots, including 10 on goal, to Crater's four. The Comets are 0-4-1 and 0-3 in league.