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GRANTS PASS — South Medford proved strongest in a battle of unbeatens during the Southern Oregon Hybrid boys soccer opener Tuesday against Grants Pass, beating the Cavemen 5-1 at Mel Ingram Field.
Greg Alegria netted a goal and added two assists for the Panthers (4-0, 1-0 SOH), who exited halftime tied at 1 but pulled away with a stellar second half.
Uriel Cordoba, Greg Rapet, Caleb Wright and Humberto Alvarez also scored.
After Cordoba netted the game's first goal in the 15th minute, Moges Dinkins answered with a goal for Grants Pass (3-1, 0-1) in the 39th minute.
But in the second half, it was all South Medford.
"We kind of dialed it up in the second half," South Medford head coach Dave Kaufman said.
Wright and Alvarez offered up assists in the victory, while Colt Sauers helped set up a score by drawing a penalty kick in the 63rd minute.
Freshman Hunter Soper played tough between the pipes to back a strong effort by the defense and midfield.
"It was a good game for us," Kaufman said. "We had a 10-day layoff. They were hungry to get back into the swing of playing some games."
ROSEBURG 3, CRATER 0 — At Roseburg, Crater held Roseburg scoreless during the first half of play before giving up three goals in Southern Oregon Hybrid action.
Jesse Alcantar-Bello, Jacob Noland and Alexi Renquist each scored for the Indians (2-2, 1-0 SOH).
Goalkeeper Omar Mendez made 12 saves for the Comets (0-4, 0-1).
EAGLE POINT 2, ILLINOIS VALLEY 2 — At Cave Junction, Jovany Sanchez scored two goals for Illinois Valley, including the equalizer late in the second half of the nonleague match.
Sanchez half-volleyed in a rebound after a corner kick in the fourth minute to give the Cougars (1-3-1) a 1-0 lead.
The Eagles (0-2-1) answered with two goals within three minutes to take a 2-1 halftime advantage.
Senior forward Julio Garcia tied the game in the 14th minute, with Jose Lopez getting the assist. Then Nick Wolf scored off a pass from midfielder Gerardo Lopez.
Sanchez converted a penalty kick with about two minutes remaining to knot the score.
Illinois Valley goalie Bryce Gardenhire had 12 saves before injuring a knee in the second half.
KLAMATH UNION 4, ST. MARY'S 2 — Avery Nuckols and Michael Gambee scored goals for St. Mary's in nonleague play.
Nuckols tied the match at 1-all in the 21st minute.
Around the 50th minute, Gambee collected the ball at the top of the box with his back to the goal, spun quickly and scored to give the Crusaders (1-3) a 2-1 advantage. Klamath Union (2-1) netted the next three goals as St. Mary's experimented with an offside trap.
JUNCTION CITY 6, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 0 — Junction City scored four first-half goals and cruised to the nonconference victory at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
Cascade Christian (0-3) got strong defensive efforts from Nate Wayda, Kallen Reichburg and goalie Christian McPherson.