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The South Medford boys soccer team got just the tune-up it was looking for heading into Saturday's regular season finale at crosstown rival North Medford.
Jairo Carillo tallied his first hat trick of the season and Uriel Cordoba provided two assists to lead the Panthers to a 5-2 win over Ashland in nonleague action Tuesday at South Medford High.
Carillo gave the Panthers a 2-0 halftime lead with a pair of headers, then tacked on an insurance goal in the 58th. His two first-half goals were both assisted by Cordoba, and the first was also assisted by Kyle Owings.
South Medford (7-3-2) has now won three games in a row since suffering back-to-back losses to North Medford and Grants Pass.
"It was a good match," South Medford head coach Dave Kaufman said. "Ashland gives us heck every time we play them and this was a good shot in our arm. We had some tough games and maybe haven't performed to the ability that we could, so hopefully this will get us back on track heading into our final league game (Saturday). If all goes right for the Panthers, it'll be a great end of the week for us."
For the Grizzlies (5-5-1), senior fullback Gabe Young scored two goals, first a header off an assist by senior Nick Chouard in the 61st minute, and later finishing a scramble in the box in the 67th.
Ashland coach Abdiaziz Guled credited Young, senior forward Kevin Weatherby and junior fullback David Lehrburger with leading the Grizzlies.
"Our kids didn't give up," Guled said. "They fought back and it was a good game. We tried to keep up with them but South did a good job."
NORTH MEDFORD 2, ROSEBURG 0 — At Roseburg, North Medford got goals from senior cousins Austin Schoenmann and Louis Michelon in the SOH triumph.
In the 30th minute, Schoenmann took a pass from Benito Torres-Mata and scored. Michelon's goal came on a penalty kick after Garrett Byrd was fouled.
The Black Tornado (10-1-2, 6-1 SOH) outshot the Indians 12-1 and got outstanding defensive play.
GRANTS PASS 12, CRATER 0 — At Grants Pass, Nathan Trujillo scored three goals and Kevin Luther and Nicolas Blanco two each for Grants Pass in the SOH contest.
Christien Roach and Nate Allemand each had two assists to aid Grants Pass (7-3-3, 5-2 SOH).
Crater dropped to victory over Crater (0-11, 0-8).
HENLEY 5, HIDDEN VALLEY 0 — At Klamath Falls, Henley scored in the first 18 seconds of the Skyline match and rolled.
Hidden Valley is 7-5-1, 4-5 Sky, while Henley (10-3-1, 7-2) clinched at least second place.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 2, LAKEVIEW 1 (SO) — Sophomore Jake Booker, the sixth kicker in the shootout, boosted Cascade Christian to its first District 2 victory by making good on his attempt.
After the game was tied 1-1 through regulation and overtime, the first five shooters from each team made their PKs.
The Challengers (2-10, 1-5 Dist. 2) were beaten 7-0 last year by Lakeview, which was No. 4 in the OSAA power rankings before Tuesday's game.
Lakeview's Tristan Witham made it 1-0 in the 24th minute, and Cascade Christian's Asa Hoffman hit a free kick from about 25 yards to tie it in the 68th.
ST. MARY'S 9, GLIDE 2 — At Glide, Christian Aviles and Michael Gambee had big games for St. Mary's in District 2 play.
Aviles had three goals and one assist for the Crusaders (8-2-2, 6-1 Dist. 2). Gambee added two goals and three assists.
Glide dropped to 1-8-1 and 1-6.
UMPQUA VALLEY CHRISTIAN 5, ILLINOIS VALLEY 2 — At Cave Junction, Boaz Dillon got UVC off to a quick start by scoring in the third minute.
UVC (10-3, 3-3 Dist. 2) scored two goals in the final four minutes to stretch the lead. Illinois Valley is 2-10 and 2-4.