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South wins despite 'ugly' first half

SOC Soccer

It wasn't a game coach Dave Potter will show to future South Medford boys soccer teams as a way to win, but the Panthers are still pleased with the result, a 3-0 win over Grants Pass at Spiegelberg Stadium.

In the first half, we played sloppily and got two goals, Potter said. In the second half, we fixed those things but weren't able to score as much. Go figure.

The win keeps the Southern Oregon Conference race tight. The Panthers (6-2) are a half-game out of first place behind Ashland and tied with North Medford.

Senior forward Shane Holiday sparked South in the first half with two goals.

In the 10th minute, Holiday penetrated the Caveman defense and slid the ball past the keeper. In the 17th minute, Holiday headed in a pass from Eric Loeffler, who stole a Grants Pass through pass.

Shane was on today, Potter said. He was heavily marked, and it's never easy for anyone who is double-teamed. One of the things he did the best was combining with other players to create attacking opportunities.

— In the second half, South scored only once more ' on an unassisted shot by Kevin Potter from 35 yards out into the far post.

Any win at this point in the season is a good win, Potter said. But we are going to have to play better than we did today in the future.

Senior goalkeeper Mike Belzberg earned the shutout.

Mikey has had a number of shutouts in place this season, Potter said. But as I have rotated younger players in for some games, the shutout goes away. Today, those younger players preserved the shutout for him.

ASHLAND 6, CRATER — ' At Ashland,

Rodrigo Ramos and Fabian Garcia-Flores scored two goals each to lead Ashland.

The Grizzlies (6-2) moved into first place by themselves, one-half game ahead of North and South Medford, each 5-2.

Ashland led 2-0 at halftime and ended up outshooting the Comets 42-9.

Thomas Golding and Corey Costantino rounded out Ashland's goal scorers, and Corey Fisher had two assists.

Crater's lone goal was scored by Aaron Pawol.

ROSEBURG 3, KLAMATH UNION 2 ' At Klamath Falls, Adam Cornachione gave Klamath Union a 1-0 lead in the 25th minute, but Roseburg (6-3, 5-3 SOC) came back to take a 2-1 advantage at halftime.

Roseburg's Merlin Plagge scored on a free kick at the 27th minute to knot the score at 1-all.

Juan Carlos Rodriguez tallied the first of his two goals late in the first half to give the Indians the lead for good.

Rodriguez provided Roseburg some breathing room with a goal midway through the second half off an assist from Plagge.

Seth Hughes accounted for the Pelicans' second goal at the 63rd minute.

Klamath Union outshot Roseburg, 12-9.

Girls

NORTH MEDFORD 9, EAGLE POINT 0 ' North Medford received two goals apiece from Caitlin Seeley, Emily Gross and Dacarie Robertson in the rout.

The Black Tornado (9-1 SOC) outshot Eagle Point 25-4 and also received goals from Ellie Tucker in the 19th minute and Amber Whitol early in the second half. Alicia Stormberg added a goal and an assist.

Katy Kunkel earned the shutout in the goal for North Medford. SOUTH MEDFORD 2, GRANTS PASS — ' At Grants Pass, South Medford held Grants Pass scoreless in the second half after erasing a 1-0 deficit.

Emma McConnell got the Panthers on the board in the 39th minute off an assist by Kaylyn Knutsen and two minutes later, Chelsie O'Neill took a pass from Jill Walport for the lead.

Grants Pass scored its only goal of the game in the second minute off one of its nine corner kicks. Megan Cardiff tallied on a header.

The Cavers threatened several times in the second half, but were thwarted in particular by two outstanding saves by Bethany Stousland.

ASHLAND 6, CRATER 4 ' At Central Point, Ashland rallied from a halftime deficit for the SOC triumph.

Crater led 3-2 at the break, but the Grizzlies (3-7 SOC) rattled off three straight scores to take control.

Audrey Wilson knotted it three minutes into the second half, finishing off a free kick by Jamie Roupp. Sylvia Van Ausdal's penalty kick at the 50th minute put the Grizzlies up, 4-3, then Roupp made a steal and blasted in an 18-yarder at the 64th minute.

Ashland went up 6-3 when Maddy Stokes and Van Ausdal kicked the ball at the same time, and it found the net.

Roupp and Stokes scored first-half goals for the Grizzlies.

Crater (2-8) got scores from Courney Ratty, Karina Ramirez and Emily Brookins for its lead at the break.

The Comets' lone second-half goal came in the final minute, when Jessica Wasniewski headed in a score off Andi Bagden's direct kick.

ROSEBURG 2, KLAMATH UNION 0 ' At Roseburg, the Indians clinched their first playoff berth since 1999 with a shutout of Klamath Union. The Indians (8-2 SOC) can finish no worse than fourth in the SOC.

Senior forward Carli Godard scored both of Roseburg's goals, and Ally Foster earned the shutout in the net. Godard scored on an assist from Kaitlin Estabrook and later on a penalty kick.