Hidden Valley surprises South Medford, 2-0
It didn't matter to Hidden Valley that the South Medford boys soccer team had only one win in four matches entering Saturday's non-conference contest at Fichtner-Mainwaring Park.
It didn't matter that South lost 13 seniors, including state player of the year Bryn Ritchie, off last year's team. For the Mustangs this was an opportunity to knock off the defending Class 4A state champions. And they played like it.
After battling to a 0-0 tie at halftime, the Mustangs produced two goals in the latter part of the second half to register a 2-0 victory.
It was a tough loss because we had our chances to score and we didn't, South Medford coach Dave Potter said. You could tell in the warm-ups they were ready.
Hidden Valley scored what proved to be the game-winning goal at 66:40 on a give-and-go play from Ben Miljkovich to Jesse Johnson, who deposited the ball in the net from about 16 yards out for his team-leading third goal of the season.
The Mustangs added an insurance goal with 30 seconds remaining. Miljkovich scored this one off a crossing pass from Matt Johnson.
In the second half we played a game of possession, Hidden Valley coach Charlie Seal said. We focused on spreading the field and attacking from outside in.
Mustangs freshman goal keeper Tim VanderStoel had five saves and registered his first shutout. VanderStoel received some excellent defensive help from Mike Muneryyirci.
These kids are feeling pretty good about themselves on beating the defending state champions, said Seal.
CATLIN GABEL 2, NORTH MEDFORD — -- At Portland, Jeff Zimmer scored a goal and had another called back on a penalty as North (0-4) fell shy in non-league action.
Zimmer's goal early in the first half helped the Tornado take a 1-0 halftime lead, but Catlin Gabel answered early in the second half to even the score. With an opportunity to take the lead, North missed a penalty kick. Catlin Gabel scored on a penalty kick with four minutes to play to ice the contest.
In Friday's action, Zimmer scored North's lone goal in a 2-1 loss at Jesuit.
BONANZA 3, EAGLE POINT — -- At Bonanza, the Eagles got off to a slow start but had an improved second half effort to earn a 3-3 non-league tie.
Senior Andrea Bulfone scored on a break away up the right side in the first half of the match, temporarily tying the match at 1-1.
The Antlers scored a penalty kick late in the half for a 2-1 advantage at halftime.
The Eagles settled down a little in the second half and scored twice, on goals by Ryan Bray and Brad Crawford, to go-ahead 3-2.
The Antlers knotted the game with 12 minutes remaining in the match.
PHOENIX 4, COTTAGE GROVE 0 -- At Cottage Grove, Phoenix scored two goals in each half as it squared its non-league record at 1-1.
Zach Kohler scored in the first-minute off a corner kick by Jesse Shoreland. Twenty minutes later, Sean Rio scored to make it 2-0 at the half.
Five minutes into the second half, a hand ball resulted in a direct kick for the Pirats. Coach Dennis Flenner elected to let sophomore goalkeeper Tony Machado take the kick. Machado drilled a 40-yarder into the upper right corner of the net to make it 3-0.
Al Albright netted a 15-yarder to wind up the scoring.
ASHLAND 2, HENLEY 0 -- At Ashland, the Grizzlies jumped out to a 2-0 lead by the half and held on for the shutout, improving to 3-0 on the season.
Ben Swatez scored the first goal for the Grizzlies off an assist from Eric Sharp and Shayne Hill scored the squad's other goal.
ROSEBURG 3, MARSHFIELD 0 -- At Roseburg, Stephen Ruegg recorded two assists for the Indians as they improve to 3-0-2 on the season with a shutout.
Teammates Ryan Holt, Brad Coen and Vince Garcia scored the goals for the Tribe.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 1, CRATER 0 -- At Central Point, sophomore forward Peter Lopez scored late in the second half to lift Cascade Christian (1-1-0) to the non-league victory at Central Point Elementary Friday.
The Crater JV had an edge in shots on goals, but three Cascade Christian goalies contributed to the shutout.