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  • SOCCER

    Reunited, Los Pumas rolls, 9-0

    Local U19 squad rolls past Chillers before falling to Man U in Rogue Memorial Challenge
  • When coach Gregorio Alegria's soccer teams get together, it's like a family reunion.
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    • PUMAS 9, CHILLERS 0
      RECAP: Nine players score for the Medford United Futbol Club Los Pumas as they improve to 3-0 at the Rogue Memorial Challenge. In a pivotal second game, Rogue Valley Timbers Manchester United edges...
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      PUMAS 9, CHILLERS 0
      RECAP: Nine players score for the Medford United Futbol Club Los Pumas as they improve to 3-0 at the Rogue Memorial Challenge. In a pivotal second game, Rogue Valley Timbers Manchester United edges Los Pumas, 1-0.

      • U19 BOYS CHAMPIONSHIP: Today, Rogue Valley Timbers Manchester United vs. Medford United Futbol Club Mutiny of Ashland, 9:30 a.m., U.S. Cellular Community Park (Field 10).
      • U19 GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP: Today, Rogue Valley Timbers 95G Red vs. BSC Portland 96G Black, 11 a.m., U.S. Cellular Community Park (Field 10).
  • When coach Gregorio Alegria's soccer teams get together, it's like a family reunion.
    His U19 Medford United Futbol Club Los Pumas players are young men now, but Alegria remembers when some were just 5.
    Of course, his memories of son Gregory Jr. — who is also on the squad — stretch back a bit further.
    The small beginners grew into big veterans who have experienced highs and lows together.
    On Sunday evening, Rogue Valley Timbers Manchester United dealt the collection of local college-level athletes a defeat neither team will soon forget.
    Los Pumas cruised to a 9-0 victory over Southern Oregon Fuego FC Chillers of Ashland before falling, 1-0, in heart-stopping fashion to Man U in their second match of the day at the Rogue Memorial Challenge.
    Man U will take on United Mutiny of Ashland in the championship match at 9:30 a.m. today at U.S. Cellular Community Park. Both squads finished with three wins and a tie, with Mutiny earning a 2-0 win over the Mount Shasta Bears and a 2-0 victory against the Chillers on Sunday.
    The Pumas will play for third place after the devastating loss.
    Man U's Garrett Byrd netted the game-winning penalty kick with about two minutes left against the Pumas. Prior to that, Alegria's club was served a red card that forced them to play short one player with 20 minutes remaining. Meanwhile, Man U was issued a pair of late ejections, including United head coach Scott Byrd.
    "I'm speechless," Byrd said of the intensity of the contest.
    Noah Heisser, who moved up from the centerback position late, drew the penalty that set up Byrd's decider.
    In Man U's earlier 4-0 victory over Epuerto of North Bend, Byrd and Benito Torres-Mata each had two goals.
    Strong defensive play by Heisser, Joe Siordia, David Solar, Jeff Turner and Cole Owings helped Man U keep opponents scoreless over the weekend.
    "Those guys just came up huge," coach Byrd said. "We had to withstand a lot of pressure."
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