Grants Pass boys to play South for seeding
GRANTS PASS -- Freshman goalie Matt LaMont came up big as Grants Pass clinched a Class 4A boys soccer state playoff berth with a 2-1 victory over Ashland in a Southern Oregon Conference playoff game on Thursday.
The Cavemen (9-3-1) play South Medford at noon Saturday at Fichtner-Mainwaring Park to determine the SOC's No. — and 2 seeds in the state playoffs.
Grants Pass scored two first-half goals to grab a 2-0 lead at intermission. The Grizzlies dominated possession time in the second half but could only get one shot past LaMont.
It's been the story for us all year. We have confidence in our goalkeeping, Grants Pass coach Scott Gottula said. He (LaMont) has been everything we've asked. He's played very well for us this year.
Grants Pass opened the scoring at the eighth minute when Francisco Miranda converted a penalty kick after Aaron Kinyon was taken down in the penalty box on a breakaway. Then Geovanny Turnbull made a nifty individual effort for the Cavemen's second goal at the 24th minute.
Ashland cut the lead in half at the 55th minute on a goal by Erin Poppke, who won a scramble at the net off a corner kick.
Ashland took 20 shots on goal compared to eight for the Cavemen.
KLAMATH UNION 4, ASHLAND 2 -- At Klamath Falls, Klamath Union clinched a state playoff berth and will travel to Roseburg for a seeding match at noon on Saturday.
On Thursday, Klamath used an own goal and a goal from Betsy Hackett to take a 2-0 lead.
The Grizzlies scored an own goal before halftime to trim the lead to 2-1, but the Pelicans got goals from Dana Buchanan and Sam Gilbert to cushion the lead to 4-1.
Hanna Seltzer posted the final goal as the Grizzlies' season ended.