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TIGARD — Uriel Cordoba took matters into his own feet and sent the South Medford boys soccer team into the second round of the Class 6A state playoffs with an awe-inspiring goal Saturday.
"It was the goal of the year, up to this point," said Panthers coach Dave Kaufman.
Cordoba took a pass from Kyle Owings and rocketed in a shot from 40 yards out to give South Medford a 2-1 overtime victory over Tigard in the first round.
The goal came three minutes into the second 10-minute OT session.
"It was a cracking goal," said Kaufman. "He hit just a laser.
"He's got the capability of doing that. The goalkeeper was playing off the line a little bit. I don't know if (Cordoba) recognized that, but it wouldn't surprise me. He hit it with everything he had. He didn't have the best game up to that point and just capped it off with an amazing shot."
The Panthers (8-4-2) next visit South Eugene on Tuesday. The Axemen, who defeated South Medford 3-1 in the season-opener, downed Gresham 3-0 Saturday.
Owings put the Panthers on the board with a goal in the 19th minute, getting an assist from Jeff Turner. Sean McManamon hit the equalizer for the Tigers in the 52nd.
Kaufman praised the play of keeper Hunter Soper and midfielders Jeff Turner and Adrian Calvillo.
ASHLAND 3, CHURCHILL 0 — At Ashland, senior co-captain Nick Chouard scored 90 seconds into the play-in match and backup freshman goalkeeper Ferruccio Lemley played excellent as a last minute replacement.
Ashland (8-5-1) advances to a Class 5A first round road game Tuesday.
Lemley was forced into action when starter Tejas Leier-Heyden injured an ankle in practice on Friday and was pulled from the lineup just a half-hour before the kickoff at North Mountain Park.
The Grizzlies led 1-0 at halftime on Chouard's goal off an assist by Andres Garcia.
In the 54th minute, Lucas Golding netted a deflection off a shot by Graycen Kennedy to give the Grizzlies an important insurance goal.
Ashland's final goal came on a header by senior Chris Fuller in the 76th minute. Sophomore forward Stenley Graham created the opportunity by dribbling past two defenders before finding Graham on a crossing pass.
The performance of co-captain Gabe Young in the midfield helped the Grizzlies control possession. And the Ashland defensive line of David and Gabe Lehrburger, Kevin Weatherby and Cole Coster was instrumental in helping Lemley record the shutout.
CORVALLIS 3, EAGLE POINT 2 — At Corvallis, the winning goal in the 77th minute by Freddie Cisneros ruined an excellent performance by Eagle Point in a Class 5A play-in game.
Brock Wilson tied the game for the Eagles (6-6-1) at 1-all in the seventh minute on a booming shot in the upper V from 12 yards off an assist from Sebastian Tovar.
A header by Julian Hirsh put ninth-ranked Corvallis ahead 2-1 in the 13th minute.
The Eagles answered in the 34th minute when Ronaldo Rincones showed good ball control by attacking up the middle and Jose Lopez-Ramirez finished from about 11 yards out.
Eagle Point junior goalie Jonel Quintero was credited with six saves and was aggressive coming off his line to clear balls.
PHILOMATH 2, NORTH VALLEY 1, SO — At Merlin, Philomath won the Class 4A state playoff game in sudden death in the eighth round of the shootout.
The shootout was tied 4-all after the initial five penalty kicks by each team.
A header by Trinidad Florez in the 32nd minute off an assist from freshman Conner Gratias put the Knights ahead 1-0.
Philomath (7-3-5), from the Oregon West Conference, got the equalizer in the 68th minute.
The Knights (7-6-1) received strong performances from Gratias on the right wing and junior Noah Massa did an outstanding job marking Philomath's top player, junior forward Trevor Sartnurak.
SHELDON 1, GRANTS PASS 0 — At Grants Pass, Sheldon won the first-round playoff game, and Grants Pass ended the season with an 8-3-3 record.
Sheldon next visits top-seeded Central Catholic.
ASHLAND 2, LEBANON 1 — At Ashland, Maddie Hunkele tallied the game-winner in the Class 5A play-in game at North Mountain Park.
Ashland (9-3-2) advances to the first round of the playoffs on Tuesday. The Grizzlies will be on the road but their opponent and time of the game is yet to be determined.
The winning goal came in the 52nd minute when Lilli Patton dribbled down the sideline and sent a cross through the box that Hunkele tapped in from close range.
The match was tied 1-all at halftime.
Jessy Harrower gave Ashland a 1-0 lead in the 10th minute off a Sadie Bailey assist.
Lebanon squared the match in the 24th minute on a goal by Emma Kosmala.
The Grizzly strikers were on the offensive for much of the contest and defensively Ashland limited Lebanon (6-7-2) to very few opportunities.
NORTH VALLEY 10, ONTARIO 0 — At Merlin, the D'Arpino twins, Venessa and Kerissa, accounted for five goals and three assists in the play-in game at Knights Coliseum.
North Valley (10-3-1) will play at Gladstone in the first round of the state playoffs on Tuesday.
The Knights led 6-0 at halftime.
North Valley received two goals from Rochelle Banta and Kristen Godfrey added one goal and two assists.
Ontario (6-7-1), from the Greater Oregon League, was limited to one shot on goal.
JESUIT 6, GRANTS PASS 0 — At Portland, Grants Pass put itself in a hole early by allowing a pair of soft goals and trailed 3-0 at halftime in the first round playoff game at Jesuit High.
Grants Pass, the No. 5 team in the SOH hybrid, finished the season at 3-9-2.