Winning the Southern Cascade League title seemed like a pretty bold goal this spring considering the recent history of the Cascade Christian...
ROSEBURG — Logan Artner's second-half goal lifted the South Medford boys soccer team to a physical 1-0 victory over Roseburg at Finlay Field on Saturday.
The win gave the Panthers sole possession of second place in the Southern Oregon Hybrid. North Medford, which beat Crater 8-0 on Saturday, is in first and Grants Pass in third.
Artner's goal came in the 52nd minute off an assist from Uriel Cordoba.
"Uriel got out of a little bit of a jam and looped the ball up and over and got Logan in behind the defense and he was able to loop it over the goalkeeper," South Medford head coach Dave Kaufman said. "It was a challenging finish but he was calm in his effort."
Greg Alegria injured a leg in the match, Kaufman said.
In the midfield, Greg Rapet and Humberto Alvarez helped to stabilize things during the tough bout. Freshman goalkeeper Hunter Soper earned the shutout.
The last time the two schools met, South (8-2, 4-2 SOH) beat Roseburg (3-7, 2-4) 9-2 on Sept. 22.
"All in all I'm happy with how the boys played," Kaufman said. "We got out of there with not too bad of injuries."
NORTH MEDFORD 8, CRATER 0 — Senior midfielder Leonardo Alonzo scored the first goal of the game in the 12th minute and added two assists as North Medford dominated the SOH contest to remain undefeated.
Also for North (9-0-1, 5-0 SOH), senior forward Ivan Gonzalez scored in the 67th minute and senior keeper Jose Siordia scored his first goal of the season in the 64th.
Crater fell to 0-10 overall, 0-6 in the SOH.
ASHLAND 2, GRANTS PASS 1 — At Ashland, Ashland's Zahara Moyers-Cullumbine netted the game-winning goal in the 60th minute of nonleague play.
Nick Chouard gave the Grizzlies (4-4) a 1-0 lead in the 16th minute using an assist from Moyers-Cullumbine.
Moges Dinkins scored on a pass from Brian Luther in the 56th minute to even the score for Grants Pass (7-3).
Moyers-Cullumbine connected on a free kick about four minutes after that.
Ashland goalkeeper Ross Kandaris earned the shutout and sweeper Quinn Sargent and stopper Gabe Young played tough defensively.
PHOENIX 5, KLAMATH UNION 0 — At Talent, Lupe Flores recorded a hat trick and Eli Espana and Johnny Esqueda had a goal and an assist apiece for Phoenix in Skyline Conference action.
Flores scored in the third, 24th and 78th minutes.
Jose Alegria added two assists for the Pirates (7-1-1, 6-0 Sky), who led 2-0 at halftime.
Phoenix goalkeeper Hector Rocha earned the shutout against Klamath Union (4-5-1, 2-4).
HENLEY 1, NORTH VALLEY 0 — At Grants Pass, senior midfielder Sam Johnson headed in a high bouncer in the box for the only score of the game as Henley narrowly avoided a Skyline upset four days after suffering its first loss of the season.
For North Valley (5-4, 2-4 Skyline), junior keeper Ryan Clarkin finished the day with 12 saves to keep the Knights in contention against a Hornets team (9-1, 5-1) that opened the season with eight straight wins.
North Valley nearly scored the first goal of the game in the 42nd minute when Trinidad Flores intercepted a goal kick then booted a hard shot off the near post.
ST. MARY'S 1, CRESWELL 0 — St. Mary's controlled the flow of the game and used an early goal by Hunter Rothfus to register the win at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
Rothfus scored in the 18th minute on a dribbling run that finished with a low shot to the left of the Creswell goalie from 12 yards out.
St. Mary's outshot the Bulldogs, 25-5.
Crusader midfielders Michael Gambee, Sam Becker, Avery Kerwin and Rothfus denied Creswell many opportunities in the St. Mary's end.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 1, CANYONVILLE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 0, SO — Huston McCollum converted his penalty kick, the seventh attempt by Cascade Christian, and Canyonville Christian Academy missed its seventh attempt to send the Challengers to an upset victory at U.S. Cellular.
The District 2 foes played through a scoreless regulation and two 10-minute overtimes to send the match into a shootout. The teams each missed one attempt through six kickers before it was decided on the seventh.
Cascade Christian (2-7, 1-4 Dist. 2) played a more defensive game with only 11 players available and goalkeeper Christian Macpherson earned the shutout over the Pilots (4-1, 3-1).
ROGUE RIVER 2, GLIDE 1 — At Glide, Rogue River dominated the battle for possession and took a 2-0 lead on Terry Schmidt's goal in the 43rd minute to pick up the District 2 victory.
Schmidt, who assisted on Rogue River's first goal, took a nice pass from Jonathan Graham in the box and beat the keeper in a one-versus-one situation to give the Chieftains (5-5, 2-3 Dist. 2) the insurance they needed.
In the 34th minute, Schmidt delivered a nice through pass to Shawn Donahue, who beat the keeper to give Rogue River the lead for good.
Glide suffered its fourth loss in a row to fall to 2-5, 0-4 in Dist. 2 play.
LAKEVIEW 4, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0 — At Cave Junction, Illinois Valley goalkeeper Dakota Crow and midfielder Gino Perata played strong in District 2 action.
Lakeview (4-1-1, 3-0 Dist. 2) led the Cougars (4-5-1, 2-2) 2-0 at halftime.