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North Medford boys soccer players Christian Siordia and Garrett Byrd worked well together Tuesday.
The juniors combined for two second-half goals as the Black Tornado clinched the Southern Oregon Hybrid boys soccer championship with a 3-0 victory over Roseburg at Hoffbuhr Field.
The teams played to a scoreless first half.
Siordia tallied the first of two goals on a through ball from Byrd in the 55th minute. About 10 minutes later, the same pair connected when Siordia put the ball over the head of Roseburg goalie Armando Santillan, who had come out of the net.
Leo Alonzo headed in a corner kick by Austin Schoemann for North's final goal in the 75th minute.
The Black Tornado (11-0-1, 7-0 SOH) received spirited play off the bench from sophomore midfielder Adrian Barrera.
"(Barrera) was being aggressive and winning the 50-50 balls," said North Medford first-year coach Michael Belzberg. "He was doing the little things."
Belzberg also credited Benito Torres-Mata, a junior stopper, with being inspirational: "He's a great leader and told the other players to just stay positive.
"(Torres-Mata) held the defense together very well," added Belzberg. "Our whole team is playing great defense. I think we've only given up one goal in conference so far."
Senior Joe Siordia, a first-year starting goalie, made some key saves and did a good job orchestrating the defense.
"Roseburg came ready to play," said Belzberg, "and I wouldn't say we were on our toes to start the game. In the second half the boys realized what was a stake. They dug deep and reached their first goal — to win the conference."
GRANTS PASS 6, CRATER 1 — At Central Point, Nick Kaminsky scored two goals and Brian Luther had two assists to help Grants Pass to the SOH victory.
Grants Pass (8-4, 4-3 SOH) scored four goals in the second half to pull away.
Senior Jesse Acevedo scored the lone goal in the 16th minute for the Comets (0-12, 0-8).
SOUTH MEDFORD 4, ASHLAND 2 — At Ashland, South Medford senior forward Humberto Alvarez scored two goals in the first seven minutes of the second half as the Panthers broke out of a scoreless halftime tie to take a 3-0 lead before holding off a late surge by Ashland.
Felipe Sanchez scored the third goal for South (10-2), which has won three games in a row, in the 52nd minute. The Grizzlies (5-6) got within a goal on strikes by Gabe Young in the 56th and Zahara Moyers-Cullumbine in the 66th before the Panthers' Uriel Cordoba tacked on an insurance goal in the 76th.