Ashland nabs SOC lead with rout
ASHLAND ' Fabian Garcia-Flores needed just three minutes to score his first goal and the senior striker wound up with a hat track to fuel Ashland to a 5-0 victory over Roseburg Saturday in Southern Oregon Conference soccer.
Coupled with Klamath Union's upset win over North Medford, the Grizzlies (7-1 overall, 6-1 SOC) moved into sole possession of first place in the SOC.
Senior striker Thomas Golding, who has battled the flu the past few days, came off the bench to tally Ashland's other two goals.
The Grizzlies led 4-0 at halftime.
We controlled the ball in the first half and our spacing was good, Ashland coach Eisa Tiaa Tutu said. We also had good intensity. I was very proud of the boys.
Freshmen Alex Murray also logged a strong game from the left wing and striker positions. Murray had one assist on a slick give-and-go pass to Garcia-Flores.
— Defensively, the Grizzlies were led by sweeper Nico Walker, fullbacks Matt Pavlich and Brendan Chapman and keepers Justin Greenberg and Greg Cross.
Although the Grizzlies dominated most of the match, Tiaa Tutu said they could have scored several more goals off headers.
We had three headers that didn't go in ' that will be our work for Monday, Tiaa Tutu said.
KLAMATH UNION 2, NORTH MEDFORD 0 '
North Medford ruined any chance of a late comeback with a fatal error in the 79th minute, allowing Klamath Union to post the shutout and knock the Black Tornado out of first place in the SOC.
Klamath Union's Dominique Agnimel dodged a North Medford defender and beat keeper Oscar Benitez one-on-one in the 26th minute to give the Pelicans a 1-0 lead.
The Black Tornado had two good scoring opportunities in the second half but both shots missed wide. In the 79th minute a defender's pass to Tornado keeper Benitez rolled into his own net to give Klamath Union its second score. North Medford's own goal put to rest any hopes of a last-minute rally despite out-shooting the Pelicans 14-4.
The loss puts North Medford at 5-2 in the SOC, while the Pelicans improved to 3-4.
CRATER 2, GRANTS PASS — '
At Grants Pass, Crater overcame a first-half deficit to pick up its first SOC win of the season.
Grants Pass scored straight out of the gate when Chris Hotch put one through in the sixth minute off an assist from Brad Erbe.
Crater tied the score in the 57th minute off a penalty-kick goal by Gabreielle Lazzari. Lazzari assisted Devin Swanson in the 61st with a pass from the corner for the go-ahead goal.
Crater finished with a 15-9 shots advantage and will host North Medford Tuesday at 4 p.m.
SOUTH MEDFORD 6, EAGLE POINT — ' Freshman Alanna Stevens scored twice in the first three minutes of the SOC match and South Medford (7-1) went on to rout Eagle Point (0-8).
Damiann Compher, Emma McConnell, Kaylyn Knutson and Kelsey Corbin added goals for the Panthers, who led 4-1 at the half.
Andrea Wilkinson connected for Eagle Point's lone goal on a rebound off a penalty kick in the 21st minute.
South Medford built a 31-4 shots-on-goal advantage.
NORTH MEDFORD 4, KLAMATH UNION 0 ' At Klamath Falls, Emily Gross scored two goals for the second straight game and North Medford remained tied with South Medford atop the SOC at 7-1.
Gross scored in the 74th minute off a rebound shot by Amber Wihtol, then capped the scoring with two minutes to play.
Caitlin Seeley tallied North's first goal off an assist from Alicia Stormberg in the 34th minute for a 1-0 advantage at the half.
Natasha Sawell scored unassisted from 20 yards out in the 60th minute to hand the Tornado a 2-0 lead.
Second-string goalkeeper Stephanie Thelain played well in the opening half for Klamath Union (3-5), giving up just the one goal and taking the brunt of North's 18 shots on goal.
ROSEBURG 1, ASHLAND 0, OT '
At Roseburg, Carli Godard looped an 18-yard shot over the head of Ashland's goalkeeper to give the Indians an SOC overtime win.
The loss dropped Ashland to 2-6 in conference play, making the Grizzlies' post-season forecast skeptical.
The Indians put 11 shots on goal while Ashland managed only four in the match. Ali Foster claimed the shutout for Roseburg, which stands at 6-2 in conference play.
GRANTS PASS 4, CRATER 0 ' At Central Point, Grants Pass blitzed Crater with four goals to improve to 5-3 in the SOC.
Ashley Gill led off the attack with an unassisted goal in the fourth minute of play and Ali Pepperling converted a penalty kick in the 31st minute to give the Cavers a 2-0 lead at the half.
Megan Cardiff took a cross pass from Lorine Cruz in the 53rd minute and Jamee Asher closed out the scoring in the 75th minute off a rebound from Audrey Richardson.
Christa Krug earned the shutout in goal for the Cavers, who outshot the Comets 12-10.