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Crater boys clinch second place

SOC Soccer

ROSEBURG ' Crater took matters into its own hands and nailed down second place in Southern Oregon Conference boys soccer.

The Comets (11-3, 5-2 SOC) defeated Roseburg 3-2 in a shootout Tuesday, leaving them in a tie with Ashland for second place and avoiding a three-way tie for third with Klamath Union and Grants Pass.

Crater, picked to finish sixth in a preseason coaches poll, earned the conference's No. 2 berth to state by virtue of a shootout victory over Ashland.

The Comets open state Nov. 2 with a home game against the No. — team from the Midwestern League.

I told the boys, let's not leave anything hanging, said first-year Crater coach Chris Gallegos. Put everything you have into this game. They made it their destiny to make it to state. That was part of the fire that drove them.

Crater led 2-1 in regulation until three minutes remained, when Roseburg's Erik Fabrizious scored on a second-chance penalty kick. His first shot was awry, but goalkeeper Tomas Iboa came out too soon, giving Fabrizious another chance.

He made good, sending the game into overtime. After a scoreless 20 minutes, it went to a shootout.

Todd Sesock and Mike Scales each scored to give Crater a 2-1 lead through three rounds.

The match ended when Iboa blocked Roseburg's fourth attempt, then Erich Hangartner scored for the Comets.

Sesock had scored Crater's first two goals on penalty kicks at the 26th and 61st minutes.

Center back Scott Malone did a fine job of directing the Comets' defense, said Gallegos.

GRANTS PASS 3, KLAMATH UNION — ' At Grants Pass, Josh Swanburg scored the first two goals of the match and Sten Erickson added an insurance tally in the 69th minute as Grants Pass stunned Klamath Union to notch its first state playoff berth since 1998.

The Cavemen (6-8, 4-3 SOC) will host the No. 4 team from the Valley League Tuesday in a subtournament match.

Swanburg scored in the 18th minute with an assist from Erickson to give the Cavers a quick lead.

Swanburg scored again in the 57th minute, but Klamath Union's Ricardo Guerrero responded with a goal in the 64th minute to make it 2-1 before Erickson sealed the deal.

Junior sweeper Bobby Devine and senior outside fullbacks Brandon Crews and Aaron Benedetti led the Grants Pass defense.

ASHLAND 10, EAGLE POINT 0 ' At Ashland, Fletcher Beaudoin's two goals paced the Grizzlies as they finished the regular season with a 5-2 SOC record.

Will Fain, Ethan Townsend, Jacob VanAusdall, Matt Sharp, Brook Golling, Trevor Peterson and Fabian Garcia-Flores each scored one goal for Ashland.

Sharp contributed two assists while Beaudoin, Roberto Ramos, Alex Christlieb and Townsend had one apiece.


CRATER 3, ROSEBURG — ' At Central Point, Kasidy Reina and Sarah LaFontaine continued their magical work together as the Comets qualified for the state playoffs for the first time in school history.

Crater (9-3-2, 4-3 SOC) finished fourth in the conference and will host the No. 4 team in the Valley League next Tuesday in a state subtournament game.

Reina scored twice, in the 28th and 74th minutes, getting assists from LaFontaine in both instances.

LaFontaine, who manned the midfield occasionally, tallied the game's first goal off a pass from Reina.

KLAMATH UNION 2, GRANTS PASS 0 ' At Klamath Falls, Claire Edwards scored in the sixth minute and Brianne Hackett connected in the 55th minute as Klamath Union blanked Grants Pass.

Coupled with North Medford's 1-0 victory over South Medford, Klamath Union and the two Medford teams finished in a three-way tie for the SOC championship.

On Saturday, the Pelicans will meet the winner of Thursday's conference playoff match between North and South. The winner of Saturday's contest will claim the SOC's No. — state playoff seed.

Grants Pass finished the season with a 2-5 record in the SOC and an overall mark of 6-6-1.

ASHLAND 2, EAGLE POINT — ' At Eagle Point, Aurora Dolan's goal in the 26th minute put Ashland on the board first.

Alissa Goslin's 19-yard goal tied the game in the 36th minute. She was assisted by Mellissa Bronkhorst.

Jamie Roupp sealed the win in the sixth minute of the second half, slipping past the Eagle Point defenders with a shot to the far post.

Ashland produced 14 shots on goal while the Eagles had 13 attempts.