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Alec Robertson and the St. Mary's boys soccer team pulled out a 2-1 win over Umpqua Valley Christian during District 2 play at U.S. Cellular Community Park on Saturday.
Robertson converted on a penalty kick after Tracy Salgado drew a foul when he was thrown from behind on a corner kick in the 65th minute. The goal broke a 1-all deadlock.
The defense for the Crusaders (6-2-2, 3-1 Dist. 2) continued to hold up after that, limiting the Monarchs to one shot on goal the entire match.
Early in the contest, St. Mary's Hunter Rothfus capitalized on a Michael Gambee corner kick with a smooth header.
UVC (9-2, 2-2 Dist. 2) evened the score in the 55th.
Salgado helped lead the St. Mary's defense, while midfielder Avery Kerwin recorded his best effort of the year, St. Mary's head coach Paul Coughlin said.
GLIDE 2, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 1 — At Glide, Cascade Christian's J.J. Quirarte opened the scoring in the 12th minute off a nice through ball by Jase Artale, but Glide used a pair of second-half goals to earn the District 2 victory.
The Challengers (1-8, 0-4) dominated possession but Glide scored in the 60th minute when a ball played back to keeper Tyler Hopkins took an unusual bounce on the thick, wet grass and it bounced by him for Blake Glahe to eventually tap in the equalizer. Mikel Farley scored the go-ahead goal in the 77th minute for Glide (1-6-1, 1-4).
CRESWELL 4, ILLINOIS VALLEY 3, SO — At Cave Junction, Creswell edged Illinois Valley on Brian Cantoran's shootout goal in District 2 play.
For Illinois Valley, Lander Nordal, Boaz Dillon and Ethan Clark each made goals in the shootout.
In the first minute of the first overtime, Liam O'Connor put Creswell (7-3-1, 3-3 Dist. 2) ahead, 3-2, before Clark bent in a breathtaking corner kick to even the score.
Zach Welch had two goals in regulation for the Cougars (2-8, 2-2 Dist. 2).
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NORTH MEDFORD 8, CRATER 0 — At Central Point, Garrett Byrd scored four goals, including two to give North Medford a 2-0 halftime lead, and the Black Tornado cruised in the second half of the SOH game at Dutch Meyer Field.
Byrd's goals were assisted by Benito Torres-Mata, Daniel Schuler and David Eisenhauer.
North Medford (8-1-2, 4-1 SOH) also got second-half goals from Carter Ehlers, Nic Carbonell, Austin Schoenmann and Manny Mejia. Also notching assists for the Tornado were Schoenmann and Ryan Hogan.
Crater dropped to 0-9 overall and 0-6 in the SOH.
SOUTH MEDFORD 1, ROSEBURG 0 — Adrian Calvillo knocked in the eventual game-winner in the 37th minute on an assist from Uriel Cordoba for South Medford in the SOH.
Calvillo dribbled down the right side and shot from about 20 yards to the upper V.
Sophomore center midfielder Kyle Owings created a number opportunities the Panthers were unable to convert on slick field conditions.
The Panthers improved to 5-3-2 overall, 4-2 in league play. Roseburg dropped to 2-8 and 2-4.
GRANTS PASS 2, ASHLAND 1 — At Ashland, Ashland's Stenley Graham scored with five minutes to go and the Grizzlies had several good attempts at an equalizer, but Grants Pass held on for a nonleague win at Ashland Middle School.
The Cavemen (6-2-3), who have won five in a row, opened the scoring when Noah Heisser intercepted a goal kick for an easy score 31 minutes into the game. Grants Pass added an insurance goal in the 71st when Trenton Anderson chipped in a direct kick just under the crossbar.
The Grizzlies (4-3-1) gave themselves a chance four minutes later when Graham deflected in a cross from Nick Chouard.
PHOENIX 3, KLAMATH UNION 1 — At Klamath Falls, Phoenix scored all of its goals in a seven-minute span in the second half, including two off free kicks, to remain undefeated at 6-0 in Skyline play.
Jose Mendez fired in a free kick from 19 yards to give the Pirates (6-2-1) the lead for good in the 59th minute. Five minutes later, Alex Vela bent the ball around a wall of defenders from 25 yards out to put Phoenix ahead 2-0.
In the 66th, Ezequiel Flores capped the scoring for the Pirates when he converted a long pass from Guadelupe Flores.
KU (1-8-1, 0-6) scored on a penalty kick in the 74th.
HENLEY 5, NORTH VALLEY 2 — At Klamath Falls, Lake Peterson recorded a hat trick for Henley in Skyline action.
Trinidad Flores and Heitor Almeida netted goals for North Valley (5-3-1, 3-3 Sky), which trailed 4-1 at halftime against the Hornets (8-2-1, 5-1).
HIDDEN VALLEY 3, MAZAMA 2 — At Klamath Falls, Hidden Valley (6-3-1, 3-3 Sky) edged Mazama (2-8, 1-5) in league action.