North Medford’s 1-1 boys soccer result Tuesday against Grants Pass went down in the record books as a tie, but it felt like a loss for the Black Tornado.
After breaking a scoreless tie with about 10 minutes to play, when Luis Cerna connected with Caleb Forte for a picturesque goal, North gave up the equalizer with less than two minutes remaining.
Setting up for a corner kick, Grants Pass pushed up all of its players, including its goal keeper, who found an opening when the ball found him and launched a shot into the back of North’s net from about 20 yards out.
“The guys were kind of bummed,” North coach Michael Belzberg said. “We really should have won. (My players) outplayed them.”
A win would have pushed North atop the Southwest Conference standings; instead, the Black Tornado (3-2-1, 3-1-1 SWC) was left looking up at the Cavemen (5-1-2, 4-0-2).
David Barrera, a senior defender, and Joel Dawson, a sophomore defender, were both standout players for North.
WILLAMETTE 1, SOUTH MEDFORD 0: At Eugene, Griffin Jeskey scored on a breakaway up the right side in the 75th minute to boost Willamette in the Southwest Conference game.
South Medford (1-5, 1-4 SWC) got strong play from senior center back Enrique Tovar, senior midfielder Justice Evans and junior center back Calvin Whitley.
The Panthers had a 10-2 shot advantage on the Wolverines (3-2-1, 1-2-2).
ROSEBURG 4, ASHLAND 2: At Roseburg, Jade Boucher and Joseph Holden each scored for Ashland to cut a 3-0 Roseburg lead to 3-2, but the Indians added an insurance goal late in nonleague action.
Boucher scored on a free kick from 30 yards away, driving the ball into the upper left corner of the goal to get Ashland (5-1-1) on the board in the 68th minute.
Four minutes later, Holden scored from close range off an assist by Joseph Wallner-Sentle.
Roseburg improved to 3-4.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 4, ROGUE RIVER 2: At Rogue River, senior forward Ryan Vidlak turned in a hat trick to lead Cascade Christian in the Southern Cascade League match Monday.
Vidlak scored twice in the first half, with assists from Jonathon McCoy and Caleb Sciapiti, before adding his third goal in the second half with an assist by Kyle Reece.
Also scoring for the Challengers (3-2, 3-2 SCL) was Kevin Wayda, with an assist from Jeffrey Fairbanks.
Sciapiti, Fairbanks and Levi Ellerbeck led the defense for Cascade Christian, while Justin Fairbanks was outstanding in the midfield.
Garren Decker and Sebastian Poston each found the back of the net for the Chieftains (3-2-1, 1-2-1).
SOUTH MEDFORD 3, WILLAMETTE 1: Whitney Winans posted a hat trick, netting three consecutive goals in the first half, as host South Medford stayed undefeated in the Southwestern Conference.
Chloe Alvarez assisted on the first goal by Winans, who twice scored unassisted to make it 3-0 at halftime.
Midway through the second half, Willamette (3-3, 2-2) converted a free kick.
The Panthers (4-1-2, 3-0-2) received outstanding play in the midfield from Courtney Harris, Talia Hutchins and Madelyn Pineda and a solid effort from keeper Skylar Farmer.
GRANTS PASS 2, NORTH MEDFORD 1: At Grants Pass, North Medford took a 1-0 lead in the first half before Grants Pass rallied to win the Southwestern Conference match.
North went ahead in the 27th minute, when Maddie Morgan scored with an assist from Jazzlynn Ross.
The Cavers (3-3-1, 2-3-1 SWC) came back with an equalizer in the 31st minute with a goal by Calista Van Delden, then took advantage late in the second half when the Black Tornado (1-4-1, 1-3-1) went down a player due to a second yellow card, netting the go-ahead goal with about four minutes left to play.
Down two starters, North received inspired efforts from Brooklyn Snow, Kinsley Travis and Sage Travis.
ASHLAND 6, CRATER 1: At Central Point, Mya Elder Hammond scored two goals and had three assists for Ashland in the nonleague match.
Ashland (4-1-1) grabbed a 4-0 halftime lead.
Senior Olivia West scored the first of her two goals in the fourth minute to give the Grizzlies a 1-0 lead, and Ivy Amann tallied one minute later.
Hammond and West completed the first-half scoring. Ginny Cotton also had a goal for the Grizzlies.
Makiah Palmer scored for Crater (2-4) from about 12 yards out off a free kick from McKenna Gugliotta in the 51st minute.