Ritchie leads way to Hicks' 100th
Wally Hicks achieved the century plateau in wins and Bryn Ritchie continuedhis scoring barrage as second-ranked South Medford defeated Eagle Point7-0 in Southern Oregon Conference boys soccer Saturday at District Field.
The victory gave Hicks 100 wins in 7 years as South Medford coach.
It's some kind of milestone, but the real milestone is winningthe right games, said Hicks, in a reference to South's frustrationin the state playoffs. Last year the Panthers were the state's top-rankedteamm but lost 1-0 to North Bend in the state quarterfinals to finish theseason with a 15-2 record.
Ritchie scored the Panthers' first three goals, then assisted on theirfourth in the first 16 minutes of the game. Ritchie has 14 goals in South's(6-1-1) eight matches.
Ritchie and wing Tyler Hoffbuhr combined on the first two goals. TheSouth Medford duo has become a potent force this season.
They're really the power behind our offense, Hicks said.They're both big guys and work well together. We just turn them loose.
Jon Vandenbergh and Dan Lane also scored in the first half to give Southa 5-0 lead at the break.
In the second half, goals by Danny Lupes and Josh Morse completed thescoring.
Hicks said South's offense performed up to expectations.
`We wanted to work the ball and not force things, he said. Whenwe had problems, we played the ball back and attacked from a different position.
The Panthers' defense that limited Eagle Point to a mere two shots wasled by Lupes, Rowden and Matt Hogge.
We really wanted to play our game and keep our focus, saidHicks. We want to do the things we're successful with whether it beEagle Point or North Medford.
CRESCENT VALLEY 1, NORTH MEDFORD 0 -- At Corvallis, sixth-ranked CrescentValley salvaged a split against the Medford schools by edging fourth-rankedNorth Medford.
Last week, Crescent Valley dropped a 3-1 decision to South Medford atDistrict Field.
Saturday's contest was a defensive struggle until the 62nd minute whenthe Raiders' Nick Jensen sent a ball past Black Tornado goalie Cameron Purcellfor the game-winner.
The loss drops the Black Tornado's record to 4-2-2.
ASHLAND 6, MAZAMA — -- At Klamath Falls, Trevor Streng scored two goalsto help the Grizzlies rout Mazama.
Ashland jumped out to a big early lead with goals by James Kinard, Streng,Yu Kuwabara and an own goal by Mazama.
Streng and Aaron Poppke added second-half goals for the Grizzlies beforeJohn Hunter could answer with the Vikings' lone tally of the afternoon.
ROSEBURG 1, GRANTS PASS 0 -- Ryan Phillips scored the only goal on acontroversial penalty kick as Roseburg edged Grants Pass in the SOC match.
Phillips blasted his shot to the upper right corner of the goal, justout of the reach of diving Grants Pass goalie Jason LaLonde.
The win lifted Roseburg to 2-1 in the SOC while the Cavers fell to 1-2in the SOC and 5-2-1 overall.
KLAMATH UNION 3, CRATER 2 -- At Klamath Falls, Klamath Union took advantageof a one-man advantage as Todd Yee scored three goals in the final 10 minutesto lift the Pelicans to a dramatic SOC victory.
A Crater ejection from a red card led to the Klamath Union late rally.
The Comets broke a scoreless tie on Tyler Sesock's goal 14 minutes intothe second half. Jordan Kell scored three minutes later to give Crater a2-0 margin.
The Pelicans had a 19-16 advantage in shots.