Although still in the hunt, the North Medford boys soccer team faces a challenge to grab the fourth and final Southwest Conference state playoff spot after allowing two early goals and falling to visiting North Eugene Monday, 2-1.
The Highlanders scored a pair of goals inside the first 15 minutes and the Black Tornado wasn’t able to rally, allowing North Eugene to win the SWC title.
The Highlanders led 2-0 at halftime, but North Medford’s Carlos Cordoba scored in the 50th minute on an assist from Luis Cerna.
The Black Tornado (4-6-2, 3-5-2 SWC), in fifth in the SWC, had three chances — including a breakaway — to tie the game with about five minutes remaining.
SPRINGFIELD 1, EAGLE POINT 0: At Springfield, Eagle Point had its chances early but allowed a goal by Raul Ochoa in the 75th minute.
The Eagles (4-8, 1-4 Midwestern League) had seven shots on goal, one of which hit the crossbar in the first half.
Eagles center midfielder Martin Hernandez distributed the ball well and helped Eagle Point control the pace while goalkeeper Gio Rodriguez recorded six saves.
PHOENIX 3, MAZAMA 0: At Klamath Falls, despite missing two starters, Phoenix pushed its Skyline Conference record to 9-0 with its fourth conference shutout of the season.
The Pirates (10-2, 9-0 Sky), who’ve already wrapped up the Skyline title, received a goal by Joe Navas in the 27th minute and goals in the 51st and 52nd minutes by Bryson Flenner and Alex Martinez, respectively.
The Pirates’ Jesus Sixtos had two assists, and Jacob Jee set up Flenner’s goal.
SPRINGFIELD 4, EAGLE POINT 0: At Eagle Point, keeping up with Springfield was too much for Eagle Point, which dropped to 2-9 overall and 0-5 in Midwestern League play.
PHOENIX 1, MAZAMA 1: At Talent, after tying the game for Phoenix a few moments earlier, Avery Reneau missed the game-winner on a penalty kick, resulting in a Skyline Conference stalemate.
Just a few minutes after Mazama had taken a 1-0 lead at about the 65-minute mark on Aspen Smith’s goal, the Pirates (2-8-2, 0-7-2 Sky) were saved by Reneau’s score on a penalty kick that made it 1-all.