After slow start, North boys blank KU
KLAMATH FALLS ' North Medford wasn't expecting to be held scoreless past the midway point in the second half of its Southern Oregon Conference boys soccer opener Tuesday.
The league co-favorite Black Tornado dominated the action against Klamath Union but couldn't convert until the 69th minute when senior forward Luis Cabrera worked his way free inside the box and scored from about 12 yards away.
North went on to score two more goals in a six-minute span and posted a 3-0 victory.
I was impressed with the way we hung in there, North Medford coach Rich Garcia said. We were frustrated in the first half. I just told the kids to keep doing what we were doing.
Senior captain Max Brown got the ball to Cabrera in good position for the initial goal.
Luis is a very good one-on-one player, said Garcia. They were marking him tight but he got away from the defender and scored in the upper right part of the goal.
— James Kidwell gave the Black Tornado some necessary breathing room four minutes later. Kidwell took the ball down the left side, kept his dribble until he neared the corner of the net and popped in a shot.
It was an acrobatic shot, said Garcia. It was a good piece of attacking the goal.
In the 75th minute, Jason Hanlin capitalized on a rebound off a Scott Reid attempt. After the shot ricocheted off several players, Hanlin hit a shot in stride from about 15 yards into the net.
Once we got the first goal, our guys were hungry for another one, said Garcia. They wanted to make sure nothing happened. We didn't want any flukes.
North Medford outshot the Pelicans, 16-6.
Senior goalie Oscar Benitez recorded the shutout.
Garcia credited senior sweeper Devin Torrey and midfielder Brown with helping North control most of the action.
(Torrey) was the guy taking care of the back and making it easier for Oscar (Benitez), said Garcia. (Brown) had a couple of good shots and played with a lot of energy.
ASHLAND 4, ROSEBURG — ' At Roseburg, forward Thomas Golding, who missed all of last year as an exchange student overseas, scored a hat trick to boost Ashland in the Southern Oregon Conference opener.
With Roseburg focusing on Grizzlies' star Fabian Garcia-Flores, Golding tallied 21 minutes into the first half, giving Ashland a 2-1 lead that held up till halftime.
He then scored twice in the second half.
A goal by Ashland's Corey Costantino at the 13th minute evened the score at 1-1.
Roseburg's Juan Carlos Rodriguez put the Indians on the board in the fourth minute on an assist from Quentin Clark.
GRANTS PASS 2, CRATER — ' At Grants Pass, Adam Ortiz's goal in the 76th minute lifted Grants Pass in the Southern Oregon Conference opener for both teams.
Ortiz scored after Brad Erbe deflected a long throw-in to him.
Crater had taken the lead when Gabriel Lazzari tallied in the 35th minute, and Joe Rasmussen tied it at 1-1 midway through the second half.
Crater outshot Grants Pass, 10-7.
PHOENIX 7, ROGUE RIVER 0 ' At Talent, Kyler Wilson and Jaime Escobedo each scored two goals as Phoenix opened the Skyline Conference season with a rout.
Ricardo De La Torre added a goal and an assist for the Pirates.
Wilson headed in a pass from De La Torre to open the scoring. Escobedo stole the ball and scored to cap a four-goal onslaught over a span of 14 minutes.
Kyle McKinnis and Julio Uribe each added goals.
The Pirates face Skyline powerhouse Hidden Valley on Saturday in Murphy.
NORTH VALLEY 6, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0 ' At Merlin, Patrick Mahoney and Julian Cangilose each scored twice in the Skyline Conference match, including once each in the first half for a 2-0 lead.
In the second half, teammates Kip Hamilton and Chris Campbell got into the scoring act, Campbell finding the net with a header off Kyle Tulare's corner kick.
ST. MARY'S 3, HENLEY 0 '
Strong defensive support allowed Class 2A/1A defending state-champion St. Mary's to apply constant offensive pressure and outshoot Henley, 21-6, in the opening-game victory.
Senior Duncan MacDiarmid led the Crusaders with an assist and a goal. MacDiarmid beat several defenders to score unassisted in the ninth minute with a low shot to the corner.
The Crusaders were unable to find the net again until the 68th minute, when junior Austin Grant scored off a throw-in assist by Dash Hillgartner.
Eleven minutes later, MacDiarmid assisted Josh Jones, who chipped a sliding shot past the Henley goalkeeper.
Dylan Bourke posted the shutout with four saves for the Crusaders.