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Roseburg experienced the depth and explosiveness of South Medford in a Southern Oregon Hybrid boys soccer match Saturday.
The undefeated Panthers had seven different players score in routing the Indians 9-2 at South Medford High.
South (5-0, 2-0 SOH) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first 10 minutes on goals by Adrian Calvillo and Caleb Wright.
But the Indians capitalized on a slight let down by the Panthers and leveled the match 2-2 by the 15th minute.
"We started out real strong," said South Medford coach Dave Kaufman. "We exploited their backline early. To their credit they answered back. Our two goals came pretty easily and our guys thought it would stay that way. We got caught a little bit."
But it didn't take the Panthers too long to get rolling again. Back-to-back goals in the 20th and 21st minute by Uriel Cordoba and Chocho Sanchez and score by Jeff Turner off an assist by Humberto Alvarez late in the half gave South a comfortable 5-2 lead at intermission.
"Normally I would take the foot off the gas," said Kaufman, "but today we kept pressing. We're playing well and the guys are clicking."
In the second half, Sanchez scored his second goal of the game in the 57th minute and Turner tallied six minutes later. Alvarez and Logan Artner scored the final goals for the Panthers.
Alvarez, who missed much of last season after donating bone marrow to his brother, had four assists to go with his one goal.
"(Alvarez) was active today," said Kaufman. "He's chomping at the bit and wanting to play. He's trying to make up for some lost time."
Kaufman was pleased with the leadership provided by Greg Rapet, Luis Ayala and Jose Cabrera.
"We have players at every position that can get into the attack and can create or finish," said Kaufman. "We're a versatile team."
NORTH MEDFORD 4, CRATER 0 — At Central Point, Christian Siordia found Ryan Hogan with a nice pass for a breakaway in the first half and Hogan found the net to score the only goal of the first half for North Medford in Southern Oregon Hybrid action at Dutch Meyer Field.
The Black Tornado (4-0-1, 1-0 SOH) tacked on second-half goals by Garrett Byrd, Humberto Zamores and Benito Torres to pull away from the Comets (0-5, 0-2).
Byrd was credited with a goal when his deep throw-in skimmed off a Crater defender's head and into the net. Zamores ripped an 18-yarder after being set up nicely by Leonardo Alonzo, who added a second assist minutes later on Torres' goal.
Joe Siordia earned the shutout in goal with the help of defenders Jose Mendoza, Louis Michelon and Cole Owings, while Crater goalkeeper Omar Mendez was kept busy with 13 shots on goal by North but did well to turn most away.
GRANTS PASS 3, ASHLAND 1, OT — At Grants Pass, Nick Kaminsky, Brian Luther and Moges Dinkins scored for Grants Pass as the Cavemen rallied for the nonleague win.
Ashland's Zahara Moyers-Cullumbine netted a free kick from about 20 yards out in the 37th minute, giving the Grizzlies (1-2) a 1-0 lead.
Kaminsky scored on a Brian Satterthwaite assist in the 67th minute, and Luther's goal on a Trenton Anderson assist six minutes into overtime gave Grants Pass (4-1) the lead. Dinkins scored on a pass from Luther six minutes later.
EAGLE POINT 2, KLAMATH UNION 2 — At Klamath Falls, Nick Wolf cleaned up a crossing effort by Joaquin Rubio that was just out of the reach of Klamath Union's goalkeeper in the 79th minute to tie the game for Eagle Point at Conger Field.
Klamath Union (2-1-1) had built a 2-0 lead in the first half on a header by Carlos Barajas off a set piece assist by Luis Serrato, who also was credited with a goal on a later defensive misplay by the Eagles (0-4-2). Eagle Point's Horacio Cortez trimmed the deficit to 2-1 with a goal in the 33rd minute.
NORTH VALLEY 5, ILLINOIS VALLEY 2 — At Cave Junction, Trinidad Flores and Isaiah McLittle each scored twice to help propel North Valley to the nonleague victory.
Brandon Rodgers scored in the first half for the Knights (3-0) and Jon Britt answered for Illinois Valley (2-3-1) to create a deadlock at halftime.
Flores scored in the 42nd and 60th minutes before Jovany Sanchez converted a penalty kick for the Cougars to make it 3-2. McLittle answered with both his goals in the final 10 minutes.
OREGON EPISCOPAL 2, ST. MARY'S 1 — At Portland, St. Mary's senior defender Renzo Marchini launched in a stellar 35-yard direct kick in the 75th minute in nonleague play.
Marchini's goal sailed into the near post before Oregon Episcopal's goalkeeper could respond. Toby Hood drew the foul.
Brooks Yeager scored three minutes into the second half and Gabe Perry-Freer netted a goal in the 74th minute for Oregon Episcopal (4-1-1).
Derek Reynolds turned in a complete-match effort between the pipes for the Crusaders (1-5).