SOC boys drama continues as Roseburg tips North, 2-0
ROSEBURG ' The murky Southern Oregon Conference boys soccer race was further muddied Saturday.
Roseburg defeated North Medford, 2-0, leaving both teams at 4-2 in league, one game behind leader South Medford, with one to play. Ashland is also 4-2.
There are a lot of scenarios, said North coach Rich Garcia, whose team could help itself immensely with a win over third-ranked South Medford at — p.m. Tuesday at Fichtner-Mainwaring Park.
I feel pretty confident, said Garcia. We have to forget about Roseburg and strap it up and play them. The kids are not down. We knew it would be good if we got this one, but we talked about it, and we just have to go after South.
— North is 6-5-2 overall, Roseburg 8-5.
The Black Tornado started strong, outplaying the Indians in the first half and having the game's first goal disallowed.
Branden De Luca scored off a feed from Luis Cabrera, but the latter was ruled offsides.
That was a pretty close call, said Garcia. The head referee was going to let it go, but the flag man called it. You can't argue with it.
North outshot Roseburg 17-10, much of it coming in the first half.
They just schooled us in the first half, said Indians coach Steve Kaser. They dominated the heck out of us. But we made some adjustments and finally got some energy, and it was a competitive second half.
Kaser made a few personnel changes in the middle.
We started winning some of the 50-50 balls, he said, and that energy transferred over to the other players.
The score remained 0-0 until Roseburg's Taylor Martin took Erik Fabrizius' corner kick and got it just over the goal line before it was pulled back on a bang-bang play.
Jon Sanders iced the win with three minutes left when he shot at Tornado keeper Devin Torrey, who stopped it but had it trickle away, allowing Sanders to rebound it in.
Fabrizius assisted on that goal as well.
KLAMATH UNION 4, GRANTS PASS — (OT) ' At Klamath Falls, Klamath Union equalized in the 70th minute, then erupted for three goals in the final six minutes of overtime to knock Grants Pass out of state-playoff contention.
The Pelicans (4-8, 2-4 SOC) pulled Jose Ortega out of goal after the Cavemen (5-6-1, 2-4) struck with Diego Vieyra's finish of Joel Janke's assist in the 25th minute.
Pushed to forward, Ortega headed home Seth Hughes' cross in the 70th minute.
In overtime, Hughes smacked home a loose ball in the 94th minute, Adam Cornachione ripped an 18-yarder in the 95th and Ortega converted a penalty kick in the 99th.
Grants Pass, which beat KU on the final day of the regular season last year to leapfrog the Pelicans for the fourth and final playoff spot, earned a 17-13 edge in shots.
ASHLAND 10, EAGLE POINT 0 ' At Eagle Point, eight different Ashland players scored as the Grizzlies improved to 4-2 in the Southern Oregon Conference.
Evan Dahlquist and Matt Pavlich each tallied twice to pace Ashland (8-4 overall), with the Grizzlies also getting goals from Ricky Ferguson, Corey Constantino, Justin Greenberg, Joel Silverman, Gabe Gonzales and Joseph Fallon.
Greenberg, Greg Cross and Fabian Garcia-Flores combined to post the shutout in goal for the Grizzlies.
NORTH MEDFORD 2, ROSEBURG 0 ' North Medford dominated on the field in the SOC contest at Hoffbuhr Field.
The match was tied 0-0 at halftime before junior forward Amber Wihtol broke the scoring ice in the 50th minute. Wihtol dribbled the ball down the right side and arched home a 20-yard shot.
Five minutes later, senior midfielder Kadi Driver went one-on-one with the Roseburg goalkeeper and connected from 6 yards out.
The Black Tornado defense, fueled by senior Nicole Vilarino, junior Alicia Stormberg and sophomore Jennifer Standifer ' along with junior keeper Caitlin Seeley ' was dominant throughout.
North Medford moved to 9-2-2 overall and 5-1 in the SOC. It can earn a piece of the conference title with a victory over South Medford Tuesday at Hoffbuhr Field.
GRANTS PASS 1, KLAMATH UNION 0 ' At Grants Pass, Aubrey Peterson's right-footed blast off a Kelli Roots assist in the 18th minute represented the SOC match's only scoring.
Grants Pass (9-1-1, 5-1 SOC) kept alive hope that it can earn a three-way split for the conference crown.
The Cavers must win at Roseburg and need a North Medford (5-1 SOC) victory over South Medford (6-0) in the regular-season finales Tuesday for such a scenario to work out.
Grants Pass was hampered by finishing problems against Klamath Union (1-5).
ASHLAND 5, EAGLE POINT 0 ' At Ashland, Ashland scored three goals in the span of three minutes to pull away from Eagle Point in SOC action.
Kyra Norton got things going for the Grizzlies with a goal in the 16th minute off an assist by Acacia Lacey.
Sylvia VanAusdal made it 2-0 moments later after heading in a cross by Jamie Roupp.
Katie Cowger capped the surge with a goal in the 18th minute on a play set up by a nice through ball from Audrey Wilson. The two exchanged roles in the 28th minute, with Wilson scoring off a drop pass from Cowger to make it 4-0.
Cowger closed out the scoring in the first minute of the second half on a low volley off another cross by Roupp.
Aly Yant and Lacey combined to post the shutout in goal for Ashland (4-7-1, 1-5 SOC).