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Panthers continue fast start with GP rout

SOC Soccer

GRANTS PASS ' Defending state champion South Medford scored two goals in each half in a 4-1 Southern Oregon Conference boys soccer win over Grants Pass Tuesday.

South Medford is 2-0.

South is a very, very skilled team, said Grants Pass coach Scott Gottula. There were moments today where they went wherever they wanted to, and we just seemed happy to be on the field.

Kevin Potter and Bret Hamilton each tallied to give South a 2-0 lead at the break.

Potter's goal came in the fifth minute after a direct kick. The ball was cleared, and Potter recovered possession then rocketed a 25-yard strike into the net.

Hamilton scored one minute later.

— I think today was a combination of South being very good and us not doing the things we're capable of doing, said Gottula.

The second half turned into the Shane Holiday show.

The senior midfielder scored two goals ' one off an assist from Hamilton in the 60th minute and the other in the 69th off a feed from Chris Swartsley.

Holiday's first goal was highlight-reel material. He played the ball off his chest with his back to the goal, took a half volley and blasted a shot into the upper right corner of the net from 25 yards out.

Shane showed his stuff in the second half, said South coach Dave Potter. That was just partially what he's capable of. He's a strong boy with a lot of finishing abilities.

Grants Pass, which fell to 1-2, broke its scoring drought in the final 10 minutes when Jake Word's close-range attempt hit off the hands of South keeper Mike Belzberg and into the net.

ASHLAND 5, CRATER —

' At Central Point, Corey Costantino and Thomas Golding scored two goals apiece as Ashland improved to 3-0 on the season.

Costantino scored unassisted late in the first half to give the Grizzlies a 3-1 lead at the break. He added his final goal to push the lead to 4-1.

Golding put Ashland on the board in the sixth minute. Fabian Garcia-Flores also scored for Ashland, as did Mario Hangartner for Crater.

ROSEBURG 3, KLAMATH UNION 0 ' At Roseburg, Nick Sanders and Collin Soderberg-Chase each had first-half goals as Roseburg improved to 1-1 in the SOC.

Sanders opened the scoring off an assist from Garrett Dwight in the 27th minute, and Soderberg-Chase rifled a left-footed, one-touch blast from the top of the penalty box in the 39th to give the Indians (2-1 overall) a 2-0 lead at the half.

Merlin Plagge scored the other goal.

Girls

NORTH MEDFORD 2, EAGLE POINT 0 ' Dacarie Robertson used her head ' two headers to be exact ' in scoring both goals as North beat the visiting Eagles at Hoffbuhr Field.

Robertson headed in a cross pass from Emily Gross in the 50th minute. Ten minutes later, she tallied again on a pass from Justine Lawson.

The Eagles (0-3) allowed only two goals amidst 46 shots by the Black Tornado.

Caitlin Seeley and Katy Kunkel combined to earn the shutout in goal for North, which undefeated.

SOUTH MEDFORD 2, GRANTS PASS 0 ' South Medford remained undefeated with the win at Spiegelberg Stadium.

Senior midfielder Jill Walport assisted on both goals, one in each half. Sophomore forward Chelsea O'Neill scored in the 22nd minute, and Emma McConnell added an insurance goal in the 77th minute after corralling a miss by Walport.

Bethany Stousland earned the shutout in the net for the Panthers.

ASHLAND 1, CRATER 0 ' At Ashland, Ashland defeated Crater for the first time in four years on a goal by Jamie Roupp.

Roupp converted a free kick just before the first-half whistle on a half-volley from Eleanor Buell from 8 yards out.

Aly Yant earned the shutout for the Grizzlies.

ROSEBURG 5, KLAMATH UNION — ' At Klamath Falls, senior forward Carli Godard scored two goals and had two assists and sophomore Julie Piper had two goals for undefeated Roseburg (3-0).

Piper's goal off Godard pass was the lone first-half score, then the Indians stretched it out. Michelle Davis scored Roseburg's other goal, while Ellie Casey tallied for the Pelicans (0-3).