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Ritchie's two goals, four assists spark South

Bryn Ritchie of South Medford, right, controls the ball against Beaverton.

From staff reports

After a tie and a loss in their first two soccer matches, the South Medfordboys made some changes before Saturday's non-conference clash against Beaverton.

The Panthers moved star forward Bryn Ritchie into the center of theirattack, a move South Medford coach Wally Hicks thought would draw a doubleteam and provide more opportunities for other players.

The ploy didn't work out quite as Hicks planned, but he was hardly complainingafter South swamped Beaverton 7-0 at District Field.

We moved Bryn up front to kind of use him for bait, Hickssaid. And if they don't want to bite the bait, he's going to dealthem some misery.'

Ritchie scored twice and dished off four assists during the rout. ChadDay, Dan Lane, Tyler Hoffbuhr, John Vandenbergh and Seth Parks also scoredfor the Panthers (1-1-1), who opened the season as the state's second-rankedClass 4A team.

We made some changes this week and they stepped right up to them,Hicks said. We came out real hard, we scored at 2:15 and kept poundingaway. We really spread the field nicely today and that's kind of what worked.

Day broke the ice early with a goal off a pass from Shane Neville andthe Panthers led 4-0 at the halftime.

We had a lot more opportunities today that we didn't score on,Hicks said, but our thinking is right and that's what we are tryingto do in preseason.

While South's offense was firing away, the defense -- buoyed by the returnof sweeper Danny Lupis from injury -- limited Beaverton to two shots ongoal.

They had some chances to do something and Danny just shut themdown, Hicks said. That whole group back there is working well.

South Medford opens Southern Oregon Conference play Tuesday on the roadagainst Klamath Union. In Tuesday's other SOC openers, Grants Pass playsNorth Medford at District Field, Mazama is at Eagle Point and Roseburg isat Ashland.

CRATER 1, EAGLE POINT 0 -- At Eagle Point, Brian Klapak's first-halfgoal was the only score of the non-conference encounter of SOC rivals.

Klapak gave Crater the lead for good in the 17th minute with a scorefrom just outside the 18-yard line on the right side.

Eagle Point (1-3) had several chances to tie the game in the second half,the best of which came when Mikael Lexelius lined up for a penalty kick.Lexelius' shot was stopped by Crater goalie Tell Nelson.

MOUNTAIN VIEW 1, ASHLAND 0 -- At Bend, Vince Orantes scored the onlygoal in the game with an assist by Travis Spear 15 minutes into the firsthalf to give Mountain View the lead.

Cougar goalie Phil Haines had a shutout game.

KLAMATH UNION 2, REDMOND 2 -- At Klamath Falls, Phil Card scored bothgoals for the Pelicans, with assists from Todd Yee and Mark Choctoot.

Card's first goal came in the 30th minute of the first half, before Redmond'sRob Marshall tied up the game 1-1 in the 36th minute.

Card got the lead for Klamath Union once again at the beginning of thesecond half, but Redmond came back again to tie the score on Sean Cohen'sgoal.

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SOUTH MEDFORD 6, HENLEY 0 -- At Klamath Falls, Tiffany Mason scored just20 seconds into the match and added two more goals for the coveted hat trickas South Medford belted Henley.

Freshman Abby Fowler and juniors Iris Noack and Darcy Maukonen also talliedfor the Panthers, who improved their season record to 2-1.

South Medford led 3-0 at the half and didn't blow the game open untilthe final two minutes when Mason and Maukonen scored.

We played very sluggish soccer in the first half, South Medfordcoach Dave Potter said. In the second half we went out and playedbetter team soccer. In the final minutes we were really clicking.

With four seniors we're a young team but we're starting to cometogether.

Amber Bates got the shutout in goal.

MOUNTAIN VIEW 3, ASHLAND — -- At Bend, Ashland battled back from a 2-1deficit to earn a non-conference tie.

Susie Waterman, Kelly Walker and Krissy Spear scored goals for the Cougars,while goalie Missy Nehl had two saves against one-on-one challenges.

ROSEBURG 1, MARSHFIELD — -- At Roseburg, Gina Ostby scored the only goalfor the Indians with an assist by Erin Phillips.

Roseburg had 17 shots on goal, and gave Marshfield 12.

Marshfield scored when its shot deflected off of a Roseburg defenderand bounced past the goalie.

Ostby and Rachel Stribling created great opportunities for the Indians,but couldn't get the ball in the net.

Indian coach Bryce Martin said they just don't have a solid defense,and the team is still young, but they're working out the kinks.

KLAMATH UNION 7, CROOK COUNTY 0 -- At Klamath Falls, seven differentplayers scored for Klamath Union in the non-league rout.

Dana Buchanan, Betsy Hackett, Jessica Rappe, Sarah Beggs and Oakley Hagerall scored in the first half for the Pelicans, who had a 35-6 edge in shotson goal. Summer Stewart and Monika Bilka added second-half goals.

With the win, Klamath Union improved to 2-1 on the season.

ROGUE RIVER 2, SOUTH UMPQUA 0 -- At Tri City, Lauren Frank and JackieGantzer each scored goals to pace Rogue River to the non-league win. Chieftaingoalies Cory Orton and Sarah Zempel combined for the shutout.

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