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Thomas takes over as interim North coach

Medford School Board Chairman Jeff Thomas will volunteer as the interim head coach for the North Medford High girls soccer team while the school searches for a permanent head coach.

Cordoba reaching new heights

Cordoba reaching new heights

Uriel Cordoba's time in the San Jose Earthquakes U.S. Development Academy may have been short but it certainly was impactful, for the Medford teenager as well as the 16-and-under soccer team he helped take to new heights.

Locals land on all-state squads

North Medford's Garrett Byrd, Ashland's Nick Chouard and Sadie Bailey and North Valley's Venessa D'Arpino all earned spots on first-team all-state teams, which were recently announced.

Flenner selected top Skyline coach

Skyline Conference boys soccer champion Phoenix placed four players on the all-league first team and the Pirates' Dennis Flenner was chosen coach of the year in a recent ballot by the conference coaches.

Crusaders load up on conference honors

St. Mary's senior midfielder Rachel Raniele was named the District 4 player of the year, junior teammate Viv Juncal claimed goalkeeper of the year honors for a second year and the Crusaders' Dave Potter repeated as coach of the year.

Crusaders fall short of title

Crusaders fall short of title

HILLSBORO — After 1,365 miles in buses and 221/2 hours of driving, St. Mary's road came to an end.

Salgado battles through pain to lift St. Mary's

St. Mary's senior soccer player Tracy Salgado woke up on Nov. 9 with a feeling of uncertainty in the pit of his stomach.

St. Mary's returns to state title game

The St. Mary's boys soccer team is back where it belongs — in the state championship game.

Crusader girls fall short in semifinals

St. Mary's keeps closing the gap on Oregon Episcopal — the two-time Class 3A/2A/1A girls soccer reigning state champion.

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

Uriel Cordoba

November 2013

Crusaders rise to the challenge
Crusaders rise to the challenge

Emily Alvarez gave the St. Mary's girls soccer team a lift in the Class 3A/2A/1A state quarterfinals Saturday.

St. Mary's stuns No. 1 Riverdale in quarterfinals

PORTLAND — It was deja vu all over again.

St. Mary's ready for playoff matches

What the St. Mary's girls soccer team experienced during a September weekend in Portland was, as head coach Dave Potter puts it, "an eye-opening experience."

Painful end for North
Painful end for North

The North Medford boys soccer team gathered in a circle at Hoffbuhr Field, put their arms around each other's shoulders and spoke a prayer on Tuesday.

Grant ends Tornado's season

PORTLAND — At the outset, North Medford coach Emily Miller liked what she saw as her girls soccer team matched up with Grant in the second round of the Class 6A state playoffs on Tuesday.

Rothfus lifts St. Mary's boys

Paul Coughlin knows a soccer adage that says a team trailing at halftime actually has the upper hand.

Espana takes on big role for Pirates
Espana takes on big role for Pirates

TALENT — His coach calls him "the one."

South stays alive
South stays alive

Brittany Jensen and the South Medford Panthers were determined to avoid another postseason overtime session.

Black Tornado girls blow by Blues

Having missed out on an outright Southern Oregon Hybrid championship due to a few lapses, North Medford was determined to not let anything slide Saturday in opening the Class 6A girls soccer state playoffs.

Cordoba's goal propels Panthers

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.

North blasts Saxons
North blasts Saxons

The second-ranked North Medford boys soccer team got bounced out of last year's state playoffs in the opening round.

Jensen's will to win
Jensen's will to win

For South Medford junior Brittany Jensen, winning takes precedence over everything else.

October 2013

North cleans up in all-SOH awards

The North Medford girls and boys soccer teams capped successful regular seasons by nabbing big honors in Southern Oregon Hybrid all-league, which was released on Wednesday.

Cavers advance to state

EUGENE — Shelby DeRocher provided the offensive punch for Grants Pass in a 2-1 victory against South Eugene in a Class 6A girls soccer play-in game Tuesday.

North, South share SOH title
North, South share SOH title

Sharing inevitably brings two moods: One side is thrilled to even have the chance to share while the other is disturbed they can't have it all for their own.

Tornado boys bag outright SOH title

North Medford boys soccer coach Michael Belzberg offered a few words of advice at halftime of his team's match against cross-town rival South Medford at Hoffbuhr Field on Saturday.

Crusaders complete unbeaten campaign

The St. Mary's girls soccer team put the finishing touches on a perfect league season with an 8-1 victory over Illinois Valley at U.S. Cellular Community Park on Saturday.

Cavemen stay in title picture with victory

GRANTS PASS — Grants Pass took care of business in Southern Oregon Hybrid boys soccer Friday, downing Roseburg 3-0.

Pirates sweep at Skyline districts

GRANTS PASS — The Phoenix boys and girls cross country teams both captured first place at the Skyline District Championship at All-Sports Park on Wednesday.

Hisey powers Tornado past Roseburg

Amanda Hisey made a nifty defensive play that led to a goal and assisted on another as North Medford defeated Roseburg, 3-1, in Southern Oregon Hybrid girls soccer Tuesday.

Carillo nets hat trick in Panthers' rout

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.

Pirates win title in Skyline

KLAMATH FALLS — The Phoenix boys soccer team sewed up the Skyline Conference title Monday with a 3-0 victory over Mazama Monday, and with only second-place Henley left on the schedule, the Pirates have an opportunity to complete a flawless league...

St. Mary's girls slip by Cascade Christian

With a handful of recent runaway wins on their résumé, the St. Mary's girls soccer team was looking for a challenge and they got exactly that Saturday at U.S. Cellular Community Park.

Phoenix boys stave off Knights in OT

TALENT — Phoenix clinched at least a share of the Skyline Conference boys soccer title on Saturday afternoon at Hagler-James Park, but it certainly didn't come easy.

South Medford boys cruise past Crater

CENTRAL POINT — The South Medford boys soccer team built a five-goal lead by halftime en route to a 15-1 victory over Crater in Southern Oregon Hybrid action at Dutch Meyer Field on Tuesday.

Pirates hit quick, beat Mustangs

MURPHY — Jose Mendez scored two of the Phoenix boys soccer team's three goals over a three-minute span and the Pirates' furious start led to a 4-0 Skyline Conference victory over Hidden Valley on Monday.

Panthers pull out key win at Roseburg

ROSEBURG — The South Medford girls soccer team took a huge step toward a possible Southern Oregon Hybrid championship Saturday, completing a season sweep of Roseburg with a 2-1 victory at Roseburg High.

Crusaders hold on for District 2 victory

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.

Pirates claim shootout win over Henley

KLAMATH FALLS — The two-time defending Skyline Conference champions took a big step toward making it three league titles in a row Tuesday, thanks to their keeper.

Gomez's overtime goal lifts South

Franny Gomez is becoming an offensive force for the South Medford girls soccer team.

Black Tornado eases past Grizzlies

The North Medford boys soccer team scored three first-half goals en route to a 4-1 victory over Ashland in nonconference play Monday. It was the Grizzlies' first loss of season.

Challengers cruise past Rogue River

ROGUE RIVER — The Cascade Christian girls soccer team controlled the action from the start en route to a 6-2 victory over Rogue River in District 4 play on Saturday.

Aviles sparks St. Mary's victory

Christian Aviles scored twice to lead the St. Mary's boys soccer team to a 6-0 nonleague victory over the Ashland junior varsity Thursday at U.S. Cellular Community Park.

Chouard, Grizzlies blank Comets

ASHLAND — Senior halfback Nick Chouard scored two goals and junior forward Lucas Golding and sophomore forward Stenley Graham each added a goal and an assist as Class 5A Ashland improved to 2-0-1 against 6A competition and 4-1-1 overall with a 6-0...

Tornado clips Panthers
Tornado clips Panthers

They call it "45" in the North Medford girls soccer circle.

North Medford boys pull into first-place tie

Both teams had a number of scoring chances but, as it has gone for most of the season, North Medford was able to capitalize a little more than rival South Medford in a thrilling back-and-forth boys soccer tilt Tuesday at Spiegelberg Stadium.

Phoenix boys hang on to defeat Knights

MERLIN — Phoenix built a comfortable lead, then had to hold on as North Valley stormed back in Skyline Conference boys soccer.

North's Byrd is flying high
North's Byrd is flying high

When Garrett Byrd steps on the Spiegelberg Stadium turf tonight, there's no question he belongs there.

Crusader girls blank Glide, 5-0

Emily Elmore scored two goals and the St. Mary's girls soccer team's defense did not allow Glide a single shot on frame in a 5-0 District 4 victory for the Crusaders on Monday at U.S. Cellular Community Park.

September 2013

Raniele strong in St. Mary's victory

Rachel Raniele didn't show any adverse effects from a rolled ankle suffered in a girls soccer match against Rogue River just a week before.

Resilient North routs Roseburg

It didn't take long for the North Medford boys soccer team to put Wednesday's loss behind it.

GP halts North's win streak

GRANTS PASS — It had to end eventually.

South girls net three hat tricks

CENTRAL POINT — The South Medford girls soccer team wore many hats on Tuesday.

Rothfus' OT goal boosts St. Mary's

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.

Eagles' Tovar nets four goals, leads comeback

CRESCENT CITY, Calif. — So far this season, Sebastian Tovar and the Eagle Point boys soccer team have been on the rise.

South boys shut down Roseburg

ROSEBURG — South Medford faced very little offensive challenge from Roseburg and managed to net one goal in each half to secure a 2-0 boys soccer victory in Southern Oregon Hybrid action Saturday.

Gomez leads Panther girls past Roseburg

South Medford's girls soccer team took advantage of home, sweet home, and defeated Roseburg, 4-2, in Southern Oregon Hybrid play Saturday.

North Medford turns back Phoenix
North Medford turns back Phoenix

TALENT — Forward Christian Siordia's last-minute goal lifted the North Medford boys soccer team to a 2-1 nonconference victory over a feisty and talented Phoenix squad at Hagler-James Field Tuesday.

Panthers edge Grants Pass in OT

GRANTS PASS — South Medford head coach Chris Hollewijn had hoped that the Panthers learned the value of finishing strong Friday at Lincoln, but he couldn't be sure the lessons from that 3-2 heartbreaker had sunk in until they were tested on the...

Black Tornado boys trip up Titans

North Medford dominated first-half play then settled in to stave off West Salem's comeback attempt in the second half to earn a 2-1 win in nonconference boys soccer Saturday at Hoffbuhr Field.

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