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It's a very long day for South boys

BEND -- South Medford had a rough bus trip to Bend and even a tougher start to a boys non-conference soccer match on Thursday.

The Panthers' bus trip took longer than expected because of delays caused by road construction. And that provided the defending Class 4A state champions little warm-up time.

The Lava Bears capitalized early with two goals in the first 4 1/2 minutes and made the margin stand up for a 2-1 victory.

Clay Carnahan took advantage of a South defender slipping and ripped a shot into the Panthers' goal from the 18-yard mark in the first minute of the match.

Andy Carillo scored for Bend about — 1/2 minutes later on a scramble in front of the net off a corner kick.

The Panthers' defense stiffened from then on, but the damage had been done.

South's lone goal came at the 50th minute by freshman Patrick Lower off a long crossing pass from Sam Rath.

Bend edged South in shots, 10-9, and both teams had five corner kicks.

HIDDEN VALLEY 4, EAGLE POINT 2 -- At Eagle Point, Ben Jaramillo's two second-half goals preserved the non-conference victory.

Hidden Valley (1-0-1) led 2-1 at halftime.

After P.R. Buraetaon's goal on a cross by Matthiey Gheysenheader gave Eagle Point (1-2) a 1-0 lead 10 minutes into the game, the Mustangs answered with two quick goals.

Ben Miljkovich tied the game on an assist from Dan Andrews at the 15-minute mark. Then Jesse Johnson scored on a header two minutes later to give the Mustangs the lead for good.

ASHLAND 7, PHOENIX 0 -- At Phoenix, Ashland's Mokma Moksha and Noah Shields combined in goal to squash the Pirate attack.

The Grizzlies (2-1) took advantage of strong passing and several shots on goal to post a 3-0 halftime lead and then cruise to the non-league victory.

Goalie Tony Machado had 19 saves for Phoenix.

NORTH BEND 3, GRANTS PASS 2 -- At North Bend, Grants Pass stayed close but lost the non-league match.

ST. MARY'S 5, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 0 -- St. Mary's opened its season in style as sophomore midfielder Kawika Victor scored two first-half goals and the Crusaders rolled to the non-league victory on their new field.

St. Mary's tacked on three second-half goals. Junior forward Gabe Schonerd hit a goal to go with two assists. Senior midfielder Mako Miyamoto and freshman forward Matt Burt also scored.