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St. Mary's took a number of shots that didn't find their mark. So Hunter Rothfus made sure to make a pivotal one of his good.
Rothfus scored an unassisted breakaway goal five minutes into overtime, and the Crusader boys made it stand up for a 2-1 victory over visiting Lakeview Tuesday.
Rothfus, a sophomore forward, fired from about 10 yards into the back of the net, making St. Mary's 2-0 in District 2 and 3-1-2 overall. The loss was the first in three games for the Honkers, who are 1-1 in league.
"It was very justified," St. Mary's coach Paul Coughlin said of Rothfus' shot and the end result. "We had been outplaying them. We had just peppered them with nine shots on goal (in the second half) and weren't able to capitalize. Hunter had his opportunities and he definitely put this one away."
St. Mary's outshot Lakeview 8-1 in the first half.
"We had many, many shots on goal, but unfortunately they weren't high quality shots, which they should have been," said Coughlin.
Michael Gambee scored for the Crusaders in the 20th minute, taking a nifty pass from Alec Robertson and connecting from about 25 yards away. Lakeview tied it following a corner kick in the 61st minute.
Coughlin said Nate Hoyt, a senior center defender, keyed the Crusaders' stifling defense.
Southern Oregon Hybrid
SOUTH MEDFORD 12, CRATER 0 — South Medford got two goals each from three different players in the SOH game.
For the Panthers (4-1-1, 3-0 SOH), Uriel Cordoba, Logan Artner and Jeff Turner each tallied twice. Colt Sauers had two assists, both to Artner.
The score was 7-0 at halftime. Crater dropped to 0-5 and 0-3.
ASHLAND 2, ROSEBURG 0 — At Ashland, Gabe Young scored in the 29th minute and Andres Garcia picked off a back pass for an insurance goal in the 58th as Ashland tallied a convincing nonleague win over its first Class 6A foe.
Young corralled a perfect cross from Nick Chouard and tapped it in. In the second half, Garcia took advantage of a defensive miscue, cutting off a pass intended for goalkeeper Paul Johansen before chipping the ball into the empty net.
The Grizzlies (3-1) outshot the Indians (1-5) 24-4, including 17-2 in the second half.
PHOENIX 4, KLAMATH UNION 1 — At Talent, Phoenix rallied from an early one-goal deficit in the Skyline opener at Hagler-James Field.
Guadeloupe Flores had two goals and an assist to lead the Pirates, who outshot Klamath Union, 24-3.
Phoenix (1-2-1, 1-0 Sky) trailed for 28 minutes after Jaziel Ortega scored from 30 yards out for the Pelicans (1-3-1, 0-1 Sky) in the fifth minute.
Jose Mendez netted a goal from 6 yards away on an Alex Vela corner kick in the 33rd to even things.
In the 63rd, Guadeloupe Flores sent in the go-ahead goal from 12 yards out on a Vela assist. Ezequiel Flores scored one minute later from 10 yards away on Guadeloupe Flores' assist. Guadeloupe Flores scored his second goal in the 72nd.
With strong defensive efforts from centerbacks Joel Mereida-Ford and Jose Mendez, Klamath Union did not get a second-half shot.
HENLEY 4, NORTH VALLEY 0 — At Merlin, North Valley played Henley, ranked No. 1 in the OSAA 4A rankings, to a scoreless draw in the first half before the Hornets (4-1-1) pulled away in the Skyline opener.
Sweeper Tjark Anders and goalkeeper Ryan Clarkin played well for North Valley (2-1-1).