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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.