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The Beaverton boys soccer team stunned previously undefeated North Medford, rallying to beat the Black Tornado 3-1 in the first round of the Class 6A state playoffs at U.S. Cellular Community Park on Saturday.
Southern Oregon Hybrid champion North (12-1-1) finished second in the OSAA power rankings, while the Beavers (4-10-2) were 35th.
Austin Schoenmann scored in the first half to give the Black Tornado a 1-0 advantage at halftime. On the score, Daniel Schuler threw the ball in toward a jumble of players near the Beaverton goal. Schoenmann corralled a deflection and netted his goal.
Beaverton responded in the second half with three unanswered goals to secure the upset victory.
"My boys had a great season, and, you know, sometimes you have a bad game," North Medford head coach Michael Belzberg said.
Trailing in the second half, North Medford had a free kick goal wiped away because of a late offsides call, Belzberg said.
Goalkeeper Joe Siordia — who had only allowed six total goals prior to Saturday's match — made five saves for the Black Tornado.
OREGON CITY 3, GRANTS PASS 2 — At Oregon City, Grants Pass let a 2-0 lead slip away in the first round of the Class 6A state playoffs.
Brian Luther scored on a Noah Heisser assist in the 16th minute and Moges Dinkins knocked in a goal on a pass from Heisser three minutes later for Grants Pass (9-5).
Oregon City (8-5-2) rallied with a goal by Blake Leonetti in the 35th minute and two second-half scores by Landon Collier.
ASHLAND 5, SPRINGFIELD 1 — At Ashland, senior halfbacks Diego Harrison and Zahara Moyers-Cullumbine scored two goals apiece for Ashland in the Class 5A state play-in match at Ashland Middle School.
Geronimo Garcia-Ayala knocked in a goal in the 28th minute on an assist by Harrison to put the Grizzlies (8-6) up 1-0.
Springfield's Roberto Ochoa evened things at 1-all in the 32nd before Ashland's Nick Chouard launched in a 24-yard kick on a pass from Josue Leal five minutes later.
Early in the second half, Harrison tackled a Springfield sweeper and scored from about 23 yards away. Moyers-Cullumbine connected on free kicks in the 53rd and 64th minutes against Springfield (6-6-3).
Ashland fullbacks Quinn Sargent and Gabe Young helped to slow the Millers' attack.