Axemen claim rematch
First-year South Medford boys soccer coach Dave Potter drew a difficult and unexpected assignment Friday at Fichtner-Mainwaring Park.
Potter thought the Panthers were opening the season against visiting Corvallis, but South Eugene showed up for the match.
It turned out to be a rematch of last year's Class 4A state championship game, but this time the Axemen came out on top, 3-1.
The Panthers defeated South Eugene 5-0 for the state championship last season.
Potter was expecting to play South Eugene to-day, but wasn't aware of a scheduling change. The Panthers will host Corvallis today, while South Eugene plays North Medford across town at District Field.
We jumped right into the hottest fire we could jump into with a new team, said Potter.
The Panthers graduated 13 seniors off the state championship team, while South Eugene returned nine of 12 starters.
Regardless, South Medford struck first when Chris Gillingham slipped a pass inside to Damian Rasmussen, who one-touched a shot into the goal from eight yards out at the ninth minute.
Nate Jaqua evened the game on an assist from Jeff Tunison at the 35th minute.
The Axemen made it 2-1 before the half on Micah Newmen's goal.
The boys went out and played a very solid 10 to 12 minutes of soccer with good ball distribution, said Potter. After we scored, South Eugene picked up the pace and, with their mobility and aggressiveness, took us out of our game.
Newmen completed the scoring on an assist from Jaqua 18 minutes into the second half.
CORVALLIS 5, NORTH MEDFORD 2 -- Corvallis scored four goals off headers and a fifth with a penalty kick to handle the Black Tornado.
North Medford tied the match 1-1 in the first half with a penalty kick by Josh Badcock. In the second half, the Tornado knotted the match 2-2 with a goal from Scott Jolly before Corvallis pulled away.
Each team had 14 shots.
The Black Tornado hosts South Eugene at noon today at District Field.
NORTH MEDFORD 3, CORVALLIS — -- At Corvallis, the Black Tornado won its non-league season opener and plays South Eugene today at noon.
SOUTH EUGENE 6, SOUTH MEDFORD 5 -- At Eugene, South Medford scored three goals in three minutes for a 4-2 advantage, but the Axemen came back for the win.
The Panthers used a penalty kick in the final 10 minutes to pull within one, 6-5, but failed to find the net again before time expired.
Tiffany Mason and Emily Perttu each scored two goals for the Panthers, and teammate Colleen Salisbury had the other goal.
CHURCHILL 2, ROSEBURG 0 -- At Roseburg, Melissa Purvis and Niyah Ross scored first-half goals for the Lancers.
Roseburg, 0-2, was outshot 16-10.
DAYS CREEK 15-15, BUTTE FALLS 4-12 -- At Butte Falls, Days Creek only missed four serves in its win over the Loggers.
In the loss Jammie McClanahan had 14 assists and Sara Thompson was 4 of 5 in kills. The Loggers missed seven serves on the night.