North, Jesuit deadlock, 0-0
PORTLAND -- Jesuit got the best of North Medford for a half but failedto muster any scoring as the two high school boys teams battled to a 0-0tie Thursday.
The Black Tornado, ranked fourth in the Class 4A state poll, was outshot7-1 in the first half and 11-3 for the game but rode sensational defensiveplay from goalie Cameron Purcell, sweeper Chris Endrikatt and stopper PaulThielemann to earn the deadlock.
They dominated the first half but the last 40 minutes was prettyeven, North Medford coach Rich Garcia said. It was a long roadtrip and we just weren't ready to play when the game started. But gettinga tie on the road against a good team isn't a bad thing.
Jesuit, ranked fifth in state, had a golden opportunity to score in thesecond half when its star player, Dimitrio Sanchez, blasted a shot from12 yards out that curled toward the upper right post.
But Purcell, who registered his third straight shutout, made a divingsave and the ball ricocheted out of harm's way, sailing over the crossbar.
That was a great shot and an even greater save, Garcia said.That ball got to the goal so quickly it looked like it was shot outof a cannon. But Cameron reacted and got to it.
North (4-1-2) had one legitimate opportunity to score. Sophomore JohnnyWhitaker took the ball on a clearout and beat his Jesuit defender down theright side before launching a sizzling shot. But the Jesuit keeper stoppedit.
Knights edge Phoenix, take control in District 6
MERLIN -- North Valley asserted itself as the team to beat in District6 boys soccer by beating road-weary Phoenix, 1-0, on Thursday.
The victory gives the Knights nine points in the standings with a 4-0-1mark, two points ahead of Hidden Valley and three points ahead of the Piratesand Henley.
The outcome of the game was determined early in the first half when NorthValley's Jeff Bass knocked home a corner kick that was just out of the reachof Phoenix goalkeeper Anthony Machado.
We were sleeping and standing around, said Phoenix coachDennis Flenner, whose team fell to 3-2. At that moment I thought thegoal was no big deal. But it was.
The Pirates outshot the Knights 14-7. Seven of the Phoenix chances cameoff the foot of Davey Grantland, who was just off the mark on several occasions.
We were playing catch-up all game, said Flenner. Atthe half I was trying to settle my kids down, but North Valley wasn't avery cooperative team.
The game was Phoenix's fourth road game in five matches.
North Valley is a tough place to play, and I think my kids aregetting tired of being on the road, said Flenner.
Phoenix will continue to wear a path on Interstate-5, as it hits theroad one more time on Saturday to take on Hidden Valley.
HENLEY 2, ST. MARY'S — -- At Klamath Falls, John Baumann converted thegame-winner on a penalty kick almost four minutes into the second half ofthe District 6 match.
The score was tied 1-1 at halftime.
Tyler VanFleet provided the Hornets a 1-0 lead at the 26:09 mark whenhe blasted a shot into the net from about 14 yards out.
Jake Smith answered for the Crusaders at 38:45 on a 25-yard direct freekick.
Henley attempted 10 shots on goal to five for St. Mary's.
HIDDEN VALLEY 6, BONANZA 0 -- At Bonanza, Aaron Johnson and Ben Miljkoviceach tallied two goals to lead the Mustangs to victory.
Ben Jaramillo chipped in with a goal and two assists, while Jesse Johnsonhad a goal and an assist for Hidden Valley.
The Mustangs, who led 4-0 at halftime, outshot Bonanza 24-7.
ILLINOIS VALLEY 1, ROGUE RIVER 0 -- At Illinois Valley, Illinois Valleygot the win after a red card was given to T.C. Scarborough for a foul inthe penalty box.
Reil Hiring was able to score on the penalty kick for Illinois Valley,giving the Cougars a 2-2-1 record.
SPRINGFIELD 2, ROSEBURG 0 -- At Springfield, Brandi Gider scored a goalin each half to lead the Millers to their win.
Gider scored unassisted for the first goal and took off on a break awayto score the second to defeat the Indians.
Springfield's Stephanie Fitzgerald had 11 saves for the day.