• North Medford boys down GP to stay unbeaten

  • GRANTS PASS — Jose Siordia made a big save to preserve North Medford's slim advantage over Grants Pass, and teammate Leonardo Alonzo followed with an insurance goal as the Black Tornado triumphed, 2-0, in Southern Oregon Hybrid boys soccer Tuesday.

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  • GRANTS PASS — Jose Siordia made a big save to preserve North Medford's slim advantage over Grants Pass, and teammate Leonardo Alonzo followed with an insurance goal as the Black Tornado triumphed, 2-0, in Southern Oregon Hybrid boys soccer Tuesday.
    North Medford remained unbeaten in the SOH with a 6-0 mark. It is 10-0-1 overall. Grants Pass is 7-4 and 3-3.
    Garrett Byrd scored in the 24th minute for North Medford, and that held up into the second half.
    "It was more like a 0-0 score for most of the game," said Black Tornado coach Michael Belzberg. "They play very tough on their home field. It's very narrow, and they're able to play their physical style."
    Ten minutes into the second half, Siordia used "cat-like reflexes," said Belzberg, to stop a powerful point-blank shot.
    "It was a hard-driven ball and an outstanding save," said Belzberg. "If they get that one, it's a whole different ballgame."
    Alonzo, who plays stopper, took it upon himself to make a long run and challenge the keeper in the final five minutes. It produced an impressive goal from about 8 yards out.
    The win "got us one step closer to what we want to do in season play," said Belzberg, who praised the North Medford defense that continues to shine.
    SOUTH MEDFORD 10, CRATER 1 — Humberto Alvarez had two goals and four assists and Felipe Sanchez added two goals for South Medford in SOH action.
    Uriel Cordoba, Jeff Turner, Greg Rapet, Kyle Owings, John Henry Gaffney and Logan Artner each scored one goal for the Panthers (9-2, 5-2 SOH), who led 7-0 at halftime.
    Norberto Estrada netted a goal for Crater (0-11, 0-7 SOH).
    ROSEBURG 3, ASHLAND 0 — At Roseburg, Roseburg (4-7) scored early and attacked often against Ashland (4-5) in nonleague play.
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