South spectacular in season-opening romp
The shots came from all angles for the South Medford boys soccer team.
The Panthers peppered the Churchill goal early and often, finally finding the net in the 16th minute and coasting from there to a season-opening 8-0 victory at Fichtner-Mainwaring Park on Thursday.
South Medford's Eric Connors scored from 22 yards off an assist by Spencer Hunter, and the rout was on.
We really had a lot of opportunities early, said Panthers coach Dave Potter. I think once we got that big lead there was kind of a lull by us, but overall, the guys played well.
It's nice to open up with a victory.
— Corey O'Neill bagged a hat trick, while Mike Belzberg and Dane Happeny each played a half in goal to combine for the shutout.
O'Neill scored his initial goal in the 23rd minute and added scores in the 68th and 70th minutes.
Shane Holliday provided the match's most spectacular goal.
After South posted a 4-0 lead at the half, Holliday launched a running attempt from at least 50 yards that looped just over the head of the Churchill goalkeeper and into the net.
Hunter added a goal and two assists for South (1-0), which travels to North Eugene for another nonconference battle at 4 p.m. Monday.
CRATER 3, GRANTS PASS 2 ' At Grants Pass, Erick Hangartner scored two second-half goals to lead Crater to a nonconference victory.
Hangartner tied the game at 2-all on a penalty kick, then sent home the game-winner in the final five minutes.
Joel Janke and Adam Ortiz each scored second-half goals for Grants Pass.
Ian Capel scored a first-half goal to give the Comets a 1-0 lead at the break.
NORTH MEDFORD 2, MARSHFIELD 2 ' Richard Snapp scored two goals off Luis Cabrera assists as North Medford opened the season with a nonconference tie at Hoffbuhr Field.
Marshfield's Sabastian Schrod opened the scoring in the seventh minute before Snapp's goal evened the game at 1-1 at the half.
Schrod again put Marshfield ahead, 2-1, with a score in the 44th minute.
Snapp tied the game late in the 76th minute to wrap up the scoring.
North won the shots-on-goal battle, 15-5, and goalkeeper Oscar Benitez provided three key saves for the Black Tornado.
ROSEBURG 5, THURSTON 2 ' At Springfield, Erik Fabrizius scored two goals to lead Roseburg to a season-opening win.
Brad Dorman and Garrett Moore provided the Thurston goals.
The Indians led 4-1 at the half.
KLAMATH UNION 2, MAZAMA 0 ' At Klamath Falls, Klamath Union scored in the first 15 seconds, then not again until the final 10 ticks in posting a season-opening nonconference win.
Mario Barajas used an assist from Seth Hughes to knock in the first goal, then Barajas found his brother, Martin, with a corner kick for the second tally.
The Pelicans, who outshot their Class 3A neighbors, 31-4, were plagued by finishing problems.
ST. MARY'S 9, ROGUE RIVER 0 ' At Rogue River, St. Mary's opened the season with an easy victory.
The Crusaders led 3-0 at the half and put the game away with a six-goal outburst in the second stanza.
HIDDEN VALLEY 5, KLAMATH UNION — ' At Murphy, Hidden Valley erupted for five first-half goals to knock off the defending co-Southern Oregon Conference champions.
The Class 3A Mustangs received two goals from Shea Ford and one apiece from Amber Jones, Jill Elder and Alyssa Tobin.
Tobin and Nina Jaramillo had assists as Hidden Valley scored in the seventh, 13th, 15th, 16th and 40th minutes.
KU trailed 4-0 before Jenna Fay's goals in the 35th and 37th minutes. Fay completed her hat trick in the 76th.
EAGLE POINT 5, MARSHFIELD 0 ' At Coos Bay, Allisa Goslin found the net twice in the first 24 minutes to help Eagle Point open with a nonconference road win.
Goslin's tallies in the sixth and 24th minutes were unassisted, and Andie Wilkison followed by completing Lindsey Jolliffe's pass seconds before halftime.
Sheyanne Bier mopped up a rebound off Alyssa McClellan's blast in the 43rd, and Jolliffe was assisted by Abby Garfield in the 77th to finish the scoring.
The Eagles fashioned a 31-2 bulge in shots and received a shutout from goalkeeper Shawna Olson.
GRANTS PASS 8, NORTH VALLEY 0 ' At Merlin, Megan Franko scored two goals and had an assist during a nonconference win for Grants Pass.
Katie Lamont and Megan Cardiss each scored a goal and had an assist for the Cavers, who led 4-0 at the break.
ROSEBURG 2, THURSTON — ' At Roseburg, Carli Godard assisted on the first goal and scored the second to boost Roseburg in its season-opener.
In the seventh minute, Godard's cross was headed in by fellow forward Kimmy Foster. Godard made it 2-0 by finishing Tamie Alexander's through pass in the 29th.
Thurston narrowed the gap on Kayla Stewart's goal off a loose ball in the 66th.
The Indians earned a 15-4 edge in shots.
ROSEBURG 25-25-25, KLAMATH UNION 9-7-23 ' At Roseburg, showing it will be a factor, as usual, in the Southern Oregon Conference race, Roseburg swept Klamath Union in three games in league play.
The Indians' victory featured 92-percent serving and 14 aces for the home side.
Katie Fuller and Emily Waldron spiked six kills apiece, Lindsy Bartholomew bagged five aces, Fuller recorded five blocks and Jessica Thompson hustled for six digs to help Roseburg roll.
The match was the SOC's first of the season, with the other six teams starting Monday.