Reynolds boys top North, 2-0
GRESHAM -- A hot goalkeeper, a narrow field and a pair of goals in a one-minute span contributed to North Medford's 2-0 loss to Reynolds in the first round of the boys Class 4A state soccer playoffs Saturday at Mount Hood Community College.
Rodrigo Ruiz gave Reynolds a 1-0 lead at the 19th minute, then the Raiders struck again one minute later on a score by Arturo Jacinto.
We gave up a goal off a corner kick, North Medford coach Rich Garcia said. Then we were trying to clear the ball but it went right to their forward, who made one move and hit the post with the ball and it bounced in.
Once we got down 2-0, it took something out of us.
North had a chance to take the initial lead on Dominick Crenshaw's shot. Crenshaw got a clear look at the goal from about 20 yards out, but Reynolds goalie Ardale Bates came out and got a piece of the shot. The ball was rolling toward the Raider net, but a defender kicked the it away just before it would have entered the goal mouth.
Garcia said playing on a narrow field did not lend itself to North's strategy.
We couldn't get untracked on the smaller football field, Garcia said. Because the field was so narrow, it created a lot of play in the box. That was scary. We got sucked into their long ball game and that's not our style.
North had an opportunity to cut into the lead when Johnny Whitaker got fouled in the box with about 15 minutes remaining in the game. But Chris Endrikat's penalty kick from 12 yards out was stopped by Bates.
Their keeper made a lot of difference, Garcia said. He came out of the goal and was very aggressive.
The Black Tornado (7-8) received strong performances from its senior defensive core of Endrikat, Jacob Wallin and Josh Badcock.
SOUTH SALEM 2, GRANTS PASS 0 -- At Grants Pass, Seth Harris and Calen Willis had a goal apiece to lead South Salem past the Caveman.
Goalie Steve Reese posted the shutout for the Saxsons, who are 12-2-1 on the season.
MCKAY 1, ASHLAND 0 -- At Salem, Mckay knocked in the game-winner in the 36th minute to edge Ashland from the playoffs.
McKay improved to 13-1-1.
PLEASANT HILL 1, ST. MARY'S 0 -- At Pleasant Hill, senior midfielder Michael Dambrosia's goal at the 47th minute knocked St. Mary's out of its first state playoff.
Crusader goalie Andrew Lunt tried to tip the shot over the net, but the referee ruled the ball crossed the goal line.
The teams played to a scoreless first half.
Lunt played a strong game in net and the Crusaders' (9-3-1) defensive effort was spearheaded by Jordan Frimkess and Jordan Frankel.
Pleasant Hill (16-3-1) outshot St. Mary's 16-2.