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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.
NORTH MEDFORD 2, GRANTS PASS 1 — Halley Folsom provided a goal and an assist and North Medford made a 2-0 halftime lead stand up at Hoffbuhr Field.
The Black Tornado (9-2, 6-0 SOH) opened the scoring in the 13th minute on a goal from Amanda Hisey off a Folsom assist. Hisey, who has a team-high 20 goals on the season, finished off a string of passes that began in the Black Tornado zone.
Folsom tallied from close off a cross provided by Hayley Petersen with less than 10 minutes remaining in the half.
Kathryn Hostkeoetter tallied for Grants Pass (3-6-3, 1-4-1) on a shot that went over the head of North goalkeeper Bailey O'Connor.
O'Connor, a sophomore, recorded seven saves and came out of net to thwart several Caver attacks.
Ashley McFall, a senior defender, was aggressive getting to the ball and starting attacks from the back zone for North Medford.
SOUTH MEDFORD 6, CRATER 0 — At Central Point, South Medford got two goals and an assist from Montana Logue in the second half to pull away from stubborn Crater in SOH play.
The Panthers (6-3-2, 3-2-2 SOH) led only 1-0 at halftime, that courtesy of a Hannah Kapple goal in the 30th minute.
Two minutes into the second half, Logue assisted on a Megan Kapp score, then had back-to-back tallies, the first in the 50th minute.
Brittany Jensen scored in the 77th minute for South, then assisted on a goal by Raney Brooks one minute later.
Lindsey Nammany got the lion's share of time in goal against the Comets (0-10-1, 0-7).
ASHLAND 3, ROSEBURG 1 — At Ashland, Sadie Bailey scored Ashland's first and last goals, including a header in the 67th minute to key the Grizzlies' third win in four games.
Bailey, a junior midfielder, hammered home a shot from the top of the 18-yard box in the 22nd minute, drilling it off the inside of the right post. Facien Graham gave Ashland (4-5-1) a 2-0 lead three minutes later when she blasted the ball off the crossbar and across the goal line by mere inches.
Mahala Norris of Roseburg (5-5-1) made it 2-1 seven minutes before halftime.
EAGLE POINT 1, ROGUE RIVER 1 — At Eagle Point, Madi Nahss tallied the game-tying goal for Eagle Point with only five minutes to play in the nonconference game.
Nahss made a direct kick following a foul just outside the 18-yard box.
Rogue River's goal was in the 22nd minute by Annie Teehan. The Chieftains are 0-7-2 on the season.
Lupe Partida came out of goal and played well as the main stopper for the Eagle Point (1-6-3).