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GP edges Ashland in shootout

ASHLAND -- Grants Pass assumed sole possession of first place in Southern Oregon Conference boys soccer Thursday when the Cavemen edged Ashland in a shootout.

The Cavemen outscored the Grizzlies 4-3 in penalty kicks after regulation and overtime play left the clubs tied, 1-1, at Ashland Middle School.

Saturday will be our fourth game in eight days, Grants Pass coach Scott Gottula said. It could've gone two ways. It could've hurt us. If we would've had a loss in there, the kids might have started doubting. Right now, the kids' thinking is pretty good.

The loss broke Ashland's eight-game winning streak and was the first setback since Sept. 15 when Mountain View of Bend defeated the Grizzlies, 2-1.

Grants Pass (6-2-1, 5-0 SOC) gets a one-day respite before tackling defending Class 4A state champion South Medford Saturday at Mel Ingram Field.

We're basically playing South for no worse than a tie for the conference championship, Gottula said. It's definitely a biggie as far as that goes.

The game was scoreless at the half. Grants Pass connected 18 minutes into the second half on a goal by Ryan Jacobs following a scramble in front of the Grizzly goal.

With seven minutes left in regulation, Ashland (9-2, 4-1 SOC) senior striker Ben Swatez took a free kick by sweeper Zack Potocki and chested the ball into the goal.

We played horrible in the first 55 minutes,,' Gottula said. Thank goodness Matt stayed on top of things. We weathered storm after storm. Then we showed up for 20 minutes and were able to go into a shootout.

Neither team struck in overtime.

Francisco Miranda, Andrew Webber, Tim Peterson and Ian Erikson scored for the Cavemen in the shootout, while goalie Matt Lamont turned aside Ashland's final shot.

Ashland scored on penalty kicks by Eric Sharp, Zack Potocki and Erin Poppke.

The best analogy I can come up with for this team is that we get punched and punched, but we never fall, Gottula said. We just stick around and then get a little flurry of our own in. More times than not, we end up on the winning side.

PHOENIX 3, ROGUE RIVER 2 -- At Rogue River, Al Albright scored two goals and set up the third as Phoenix broke a four-game District 6 losing streak.

Prior to the recent streak, Phoenix coach Dennis Flenner's teams had never lost back-to-back games.

With seven minutes to play in the first half, Albright took a cross from Jesse Shoreland and buried it to give Phoenix a 1-0 halftime lead.

Six minutes into the second half, Albright set up Sean Cowley with a cross pass from the right. Three minutes later, Albright stole the ball and dribbled in for the clinching goal.

Tim Cotner set up one Rogue River goal and assisted on another, scoring on a shot 20 yards from the right side. With six minutes to play Victor Zefas took a cross from Cotner, who scored from the left side.

Rogue River freshman Jason Luchterhand had 11 saves in the match. Rogue River stopper Jesse Stalker missed the match with an ankle injury, while fullback Brian Stout was sidelined by the flu.

ST. MARY'S 2 NORTH VALLEY 0 -- Junior Mako Miyamoto had a goal and an assist to lead St. Mary's to a District 6 win.

Sophomore Kawika Victor added a goal with 16 minutes to play.

Senior stopper Jordan Frimkess led St. Mary's defensive effort and goalie Andrew Lunt recorded his fourth shutout of the season.

St. Mary's improved to 2-2-1 overall.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 1, MAZAMA — -- At Hawthorne Park, Dan Bigham scored for Cascade Christian midway through the second half as the Challengers battled to a District 6 draw.

Mazama drew first blood when Juan Campos scored in the 33rd minute. Neither team scored in overtime.

HIDDEN VALLEY 4, BONANZA — -- At Bonanza, Jesse Johnson scored two goals and added one assist as Hidden Valley overcame a 1-0 halftime deficit to down Bonanza and remain unbeaten in District 6 play.

The Mustangs, now 5-0 in league play and 7-1-1 overall, broke the scoring ice in the 44th minute when Johnson nailed an indirect kick from 8 yards out.

Dan Andrews then put Hidden Valley ahead to stay when he connected on a corner kick in the 54th minute. Matt Johnson blasted a header in the 58th minute and Jesse Johnson completed the scoring with another header in the 70th minute.

Ben Miljkovich had two assists for the Mustangs, who had a 27-4 advantage in shots on goal.

HENLEY 5, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0 -- At Klamath Falls, Josh Ketchum had two goals and one assist to lead the Hornets.

Goalie Luke Stevens notched his sixth shutout of the season.

Peter Isaacson, Joe Salvati, and Bob Kreiger each found the net as Henley improved to 7-3 overall.