A half-time pep talk did wonders for the Rogue Valley Soccer Club United boys team.

A half-time pep talk did wonders for the Rogue Valley Soccer Club United boys team.

The RVSC squad responded to coach Matt Soper's mid-match discussion with a more aggressive second half that produced a Sam Moore goal and helped lift United into a 1-1 tie with Bullard FC of Fresno, Calif., in a U-19 boys premier division match Sunday at the 14th annual Rogue Valley Cup at North Medford High.

RVSC United tied Northpointe FC of Palo Cedro, Calif., later on Sunday. The tie moves United to the third-place game today.

Phoenix Outkast will play the Tigard Strikers in the title match at 10 a.m. at North Medford High.

Phoenix defeated the Reno Zephyrs 1-0 and tied Mad River United FC of Arcata, Calif., 0-0 to improve to 3-0-1 at the tournament.

In U-19 girls, the Grants Pass Arsenal will play RVSC FCSO United at the North Medford High School fields at 10 a.m.

RVSC United boys faced their first deficit of the three-day event against Bullard FC.

The Fresno team pushed in a goal midway through the first half to take a 1-0 advantage at the break.

"I think we came out a little complacent at first," said Soper. "We had a meeting and lit a fire under these guys.

"I thought we played well in the second half, considering that's the first time we've been behind."

United had a goal wiped out in the closing seconds of the first half after one of the officials ruled the ball had crossed over out of bounds earlier on the possession.

"There was a lot of frustration," said Max Miller. "We had that first goal called off — we thought we had that one.

"We had a pretty good pep talk at halftime, and a lot of these guys, they're not going to get a chance to play in another Cup again. We want one more chance at glory."

RVSC finally broke through about 10 minutes in to the second half.

Mark Dimizio snuck ahead of the Fresno keeper for possession of the ball and was tripped in the box. Moore sent the ensuing penalty kick high into the right corner of the net to even the score.

United had a handful of opportunities to grab the lead but couldn't convert.

Fresno had one last chance in the final seconds of the contest but RVSC keeper Lee Seeley laid out to push away a shot at close range. Bullard's corner kick was then cleared by a United defender as the officials signaled the end of regulation.

RVSC United formed just before the start of the Rogue Valley Cup.

Soper, who was asked to coach the team by some of the players, said United had just two practices before the opening day of the tournament on Saturday.

"A lot of them have played together before in the past," said Soper, also the North Medford High boys soccer team coach. "They know what to do. I just try and tell them where to go and make sure they don't get too big for their britches."

The biggest adjustment for the group is learning each others different styles on the field on such short notice, said Dimizio, a former Grants Pass High standout,

"But as we keep on going here," Dimizio said, "we're getting better and more used to each other."

Unlike RVSC United, Phoenix Outkast, last year's U-17 boys champions, has played together at the club level.

And it has shown over the first two days of the Rogue Valley Cup as the Outkast has outscored opponents 5-0.

Phoenix goalkeeper Junior Luviano and standout defenders Alex Arizaga, Corey Chandler, Raul Tovar and Walt Wimmer have all contributed to the stellar defensive effort, while Dominique Agnimel produced three goals through the first three games to pace the offense.

Sunday's Results

BOYS

U-10 — Trojans 1, Steelheaders 1; Patriots 4, RVSC United All-Stars 3; Panthers 0, Steelheaders 0.

U-11 — Tahoe United 4, Shockwave 1; Eagles United 2, Atomics 0; Steelhead 5, RVSC United 0.

U-12 — Tahoe Blue Ice 1, Raptors 1; Arsenal 8, RVSC Los Pumas 0; Corona United 5, Earthquakes 0; Resolution 3, TNT 2.

U-13 — RVSC Fuego 5, Whiteout 0; RVSC United 2, Trojans 2; Arsenal 3, Blaze 1; Vipers 3, Carson Patriots 0.

U-14 Classic — RSU Avengers 5, Carson Valley Pirates 0; Rapids 1, Carson Valley United 0; RVSC Twisters 2, Fuego 1.

U-14 Premier — RVSC Blackhawk 0, Steelhead 0.

U-15 — Revolution 2, Tsunami 0; OSA Renegades 2, Almaden Fire 1.

U-16 — FCSO United 0, Deportivo 0; ASC Iguanas 4, Mad River United 0; Predators 7, RVSC Galaxy 1.

U-19 Classic — FCSO United Forfeit Win, Rebellion Loses; Tahoe Ice 1, Colo Colo 0.

U-19 Premier — Phoenix Outkast 1, Reno Zephyrs 0; Mad River United FC 2, FC Humboldt 0; RVSC United 1, Bullard FC 1; Strikers Forfeit Win, Northpointe FC Loses.

GIRLS

U-10 — Dynamite 8, Tahoe Black Ice 0; Falcons 2, RVSC Affinity 1; RVSC Alliance 6, Cougars 1.

U-11 — Quicksilver 3, Lightning 2; Extreme 6, Spark 0.

U-12 — RVSC Tigers 5, ASC Flame 1; Freedom 2, Carson Comets 1; Tracy Revolution 3, United 1; RVSC Storm 3, Eliminators 0.

U-13 — RVSC Lightning 1, Liberty 0; Net Rippers 2, Chaos 1; Carson Madness 1, MP Strikers 1; Prestige 3, RVSC Hotcleats 0.

U-14 Classic — RVSC Riot 1, RC United 0; Tahoe Avalanche 1, Sting 1; FC Phoenix Sting 2, ASC Picante 1.

U-14 Premier — Bayern 3, Nitro 0; RVSC Crushers 3, Benicia Arsenal 0.

U-16 — Arsenal 1, Backdraft 0; Elements United 2, ASC Grizzettes 0; Altitude 1, United 1; Destiny 5, Fusion 0.

U-17 — South Shore United 2, RVSC Mystic 0; FCSO United 2, A-Town Pride 2.

U-19 — RVSC O Yeah! 0, Arsenal 0; Hawks 2, Riptide 2; Freedom 2, Tsunami 0; RVSC FCSO United 4, Missfits 2.

Sunday's late results were not available as of press time.

Reach reporter Kevin Goff at 776-4483, or e-mail kgoff@mailtribune.com