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Ritchie roams unfettered in South win

KLAMATH FALLS -- Teams are finding out when you play the South Medfordboys soccer team, it's best to pay particular attention to senior Bryn Ritchie.

On Tuesday, Klamath Union didn't and Ritchie made them pay, tallyingtwo goals and an assist to lead the fourth-ranked Panthers to a 5-0 victoryin both teams Southern Oregon Conference opener.

They just didn't play particular attention to him, said SouthMedford coach Wally Hicks. They thought their normal defense couldtake care of him, but he's really a strong player.

Ritchie assisted Tyler Hoffbuhr at the 10:25 mark in the first half,before Ritchie sent the Panthers into halftime leading 3-0, with goals atthe 22:12 and 32.05 mark.

Both Ritchie's goals were assisted by Jon Vandenbergh.

Things were a lot better for us today, said Hicks. Wedidn't stay with it long because we played just about everybody, but thekids are just clicking at this point.

After falling prey to Ritchie in the first-half, Hicks then unleashedhis teams' wrath on the Pelicans.

Sammy Rath that is, as the only sophomore on the South squad reachedthe back of the net four minutes into the second half and his second withtwo minutes left to play.

We're hoping he can do this in the future, said Hicks ofRath. He's a little guy (5-5), but he's got a great shot.

South veterans Shane Neville and Chad Warren assisted on Rath's goals.

Warren, who played goalie in the first half, combined with Chad Day torecord the shutout.

Hicks also cited the play of sweeper Danny Lupes, who took care of thePelicans on defense. Lupes combined with Warren to snuff out the only seriousKlamath Union scoring chance in the first half.

Even though his team won handily, Hicks wasn't so sure before the match.

You always worry about these games, said Hicks. Todaywas probably a little different than normal.

MAZAMA 2, EAGLE POINT 1, OT -- At Eagle Point, James Rall scored on abreakaway with one minute remaining in regulation to pull Eagle Point intoa 1-1 tie, but Mazama won in an overtime shootout.

Three Eagles -- Luke Murphy, Brandon Curreston and Rall -- convertedshots in the shootout but the visiting Vikings hit four of five chancesto squeak out the win.

Mazama's John Hunter broke the scoring ice when he connected at the 17-minutemark of the second half.

ROSEBURG 3, ASHLAND — -- At Ashland, the Stephen Ruegg and Ryan Phillipsscored two early first-half goals and held on for the victory.

Yu Kuabara scored the lone Ashland goal on an assist from Kye Maholivich.

Roseburg's Davis Cowen added an insurance goal in the second-half offan assist from his brother Brad. Brad Cowen had two assists.

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