South Medford completes unbeaten SOH season

GRANTS PASS — South Medford withstood a couple late surges by Grants Pass and completed an undefeated Southern Oregon Hybrid boys soccer season with a 2-1 victory over the Cavemen Tuesday.

Greg Rapet gave the Panthers a 2-0 lead in the 64th minute, but Grants Pass' Casey Zottola answered on a penalty kick in the 76th.

The Cavers (9-4-1, 4-3-1 SOH) had a couple corner kick opportunities but couldn't tie the game.

"They were pressing and didn't roll over," said South Medford coach Dave Kaufman, whose team is 10-1-3 and 8-0 in the SOH.

Of the unbeaten league campaign, he said, "I don't know if it's happened in the past, but it's not an easy task, that's for sure. It was a goal that the boys felt was a watermark they wanted to reach and they made it happen. It was a good win tonight. Grants Pass played with a lot of heart and desire."

Matt Weakley put the Panthers on the scoreboard with a goal in the sixth minute off a pass from Adrian Calvillo. Humberto Alvarez assisted on Rapet's score.

As Grants Pass frantically tried to tie it at the end, South Medford goalkeeper Mitch North was "equal to their efforts, that's for sure," said Kaufman. "He had a couple of big saves at the end."

The goal was only the eighth scored against him this season.

"He's been pretty tough to beat," said Kaufman. "He's been a big key to our success."

ROSEBURG 5, CRATER 1 — At Central Point, Jesse Alcantar scored in the 18th minute and Joe Lipshutz added an insurance goal early in the second half to help Roseburg (6-6-1, 2-5-1 SOH) end the regular season on a high note.

The Comets (0-13, 0-8 SOH) cut Roseburg's lead in half when Trevor Megel converted from 25 yards out in the 62nd minute but couldn't find the net on several scoring opportunities in the final minutes.

PHOENIX 2, HENLEY 0 — At Klamath Falls, Phoenix won its sixth straight game and pulled into a tie for first place with Klamath Union in the Skyline.

The Pirates (8-3-1, 7-2 Sky) lost two of their first three league games before starting their streak. They visit Mazama Thursday in the league finale.

Against Henley, Phoenix scored both goals in the second half. Omar Iboa tallied from 6 yards out in the 47th minute on a pass from Hunter Sunitsch. Iboa scored again in the 65th, getting an assist from Alex Vela.

Center back junior Esqueda keyed the Pirates' defense.

NORTH VALLEY 4, HIDDEN VALLEY 0 — At Merlin, Manuel Mirmontes scored two goals and goalkeeper Ryan Clarkin made several fine saves for North Valley in the Skyline contest.

Miramontes scored unassisted in the fifth minute and off a pass from Trinidad Flores in the 29th.

After halftime, Isaiah McLittle tallied in the 43rd minute, then passed to Flores for a score in the 60th.

Hidden Valley is 7-5 and 5-4.

ST. MARY'S 9, GLIDE 0 — At Glide, St. Mary's Adrian Becerra, William We and Adlar Thomas all scored two goals in District 3 play.

Reid Arne recorded a goal and two assists and Noah Kotler and Victor Hu also netted goals for the Crusaders (10-1, 5-1 Dist. 3), who have won four straight.

Thomas, Kotler, Michael Gambee and Harrison Leep each registered one assist for St. Mary's, which owned a 5-0 lead by halftime against Glide (1-12, 0-6 Dist. 3).

ILLINOIS VALLEY 5, CANYONVILLE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 1 — At Cave Junction, Jovany Sanchez scored three goals, including two in the second half, to lead Illinois Valley.

Edwardo Triginho scored a first-half goal and Ken Krska a second-half goal for the Cougars (5-5-1, 4-2 Dist. 3).

IV goalie Lander Nordal kept CCA out of the net until the 74th minute.

ROGUE RIVER 1, LAKEVIEW 0 — At Rogue River, Rogue River senior striker Dawson Jacobs scored in the 21st minute from about 6 yards out in SCH play.

Goalkeeper Shawn Donahue made seven saves for the Chieftains (4-5, 3-3 SCH), who dominated possession against Lakeview (5-4, 3-3 SCH).

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