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ROSEBURG — South Medford faced very little offensive challenge from Roseburg and managed to net one goal in each half to secure a 2-0 boys soccer victory in Southern Oregon Hybrid action Saturday.
Uriel Cordoba scored in the 11th minute on a nice header from 15 yards out following a long throw-in by Rene Cabrera to get the Panthers (3-1-1, 2-0 SOH) on the board.
That score held up through a first half that saw Roseburg utilize a more defensive approach, and South Medford's only other goal came in the 60th minute on a slick give-and-go that Colt Sauers capped off on an assist by Logan Artner.
"In tight spacing they had a nice little give-and-go right on top of the box," said Panthers head coach Dave Kaufman, "and Colt finished it like he'd been there before. It was a good effort."
Kaufman also had praise for his back line of defense, which allowed for an easy day for goalkeeper Hunter Soper.
"I have to tip my hat to the guys in back, they've been doing well," he added. "I'm not sure they had a shot on goal. The guys are really minimizing opportunities on their own goal and that's always helpful."
NORTH MEDFORD 9, CRATER 0 — Louis Michelon, Ryan Hogan and Marco Cortez scored two goals apiece as North Medford opened league play with an easy home win.
Michelon scored both his goals in the first half, including the first tally of the game in the second minute, and both of his scores were assisted by Garrett Byrd. Hogan had a nice assist to go with his goals when his perfect cross led to a header goal by Cortez.
The win was the third in a row for North (4-0-2). Crater fell to 0-4, 0-2 in SOH play.
EAGLE POINT 2, KLAMATH UNION 0 — At Eagle Point, forward Jose Lopez-Ramirez scored two second-half goals as Eagle Point won the nonconference match.
Lopez-Ramirez pivoted at the top of the 18-yard box and fired a left-footed shot in the 45th minute on an assist from fullback Gerardo Lopez to give the Eagles (3-2-1) a 1-0 lead.
In the 73rd, Lopez-Ramirez powered a short, low shot into the net. Center midfielder Sebastian Tovar dribbled through two Pelican defenders to win possession, then earned the assist.
Defensive midfielder Emir Lemus repeatedly turned back KU and played a big role in the shutout.
ASHLAND 3, MAZAMA 2 — At Ashland, Ashland's Andres Garcia-to-Nick Chouard combination was good for two goals as the Grizzlies built a 3-0 lead before fending off a late Mazama comeback in nonleague action at Ashland Middle School.
After Cole Coster gave the Grizzlies (2-1) a 1-0 lead in the fourth minute, Chouard found Garcia in front of the goal for an easy score and a two-goal lead in the 62nd minute. About 13 minutes later, Garcia returned the favor, as his perfect cross was headed in by Chouard in the box.
Mazama (1-3) rallied behind a penalty kick by Connor Childers in the 77th minute and an unassisted goal by Omar Valadez in the 79th, but Ashland managed to play keep-away over the last few minutes to secure the victory.
Freshman Tim Dunlop also gave the Grizzlies a key lift.
ST. MARY'S 4, CRESWELL 0 — At Creswell, Alec Robertson scored twice and added an assist to power St. Mary's to a District 2 romp.
Robertson scored unassisted from 18 yards out, then dished to Tracy Salgado for what turned out to be a breakaway goal and a 2-0 St. Mary's lead. Bryce Parsons then made it 3-0 before the half when he blasted home a shot from 15 yards away in the 37th minute.
Robertson added another insurance goal for St. Mary's (2-1-2, 1-0 D2) from just outside the PK box in the 59th minute. The left-to-right laser was tucked just inside the far post.
Creswell fell to 4-1-1 overall, 0-1 in league play.