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South does everything but win against Roseburg

Dave Potter was extremely pleased with the performance of his South Medford boys soccer team Saturday, except one thing ' the Panthers inability to score.

Roseburg didn't have a lot of opportunities, but made the best of one to come away with a 1-0 Southern Oregon Conference victory Saturday at Spiegelberg Stadium.

I'm absolutely elated with our play, said the South Medford coach. We did everything we needed to do to win the game but put the ball in the net. You can't figure with all the opportunities we had that we didn't win the game.

Roseburg (6-3 SOC) is one of the few teams to have success against the defending state champion Panthers. The Indians defeated South (6-3 SOC) once last year and completed a two-game SOC sweep over the Panthers Saturday.

Roseburg broke a scoreless tie in the 66th minute when Merlin Plagge forced the action and Juan Carlos Rodriguez scored from point-blank range.

— Plagge made a strong attacking play along the goal line and played the ball back across the goal mouth to Rodriguez, said Potter. It was a real tight play. They got one good chance and they scored, otherwise they were hard-pressed to get a shot.

The Panthers outshot Roseburg 8-1 in the first half.

Our first half was as pretty of an outing as I've ever seen a team deliver that I've coached, said Potter. We were doing things that I was hoping to do by the end of the year.

The Panthers received effective performances from junior Dane Happeney as a defender and sweeper along with midfielders Chris Swartsley and Bryan Waggener.

Potter had additional praise for midfielder Eric Loeffler: He made an impact both offensively and defensively. He repeatedly stepped in on defense and won the ball and launched the attack.

South Medford ended with a 17-6 advantage in shots and had 13 corner kicks to three for the Indians.

We didn't put them away, lamented Potter. That allowed them to stay in the game for that one opportunity.

CRATER 3, KLAMATH UNION 2 ' At Central Point, Mario Hangartner's goal off an assist from Josh Smith with five minutes to play capped a valiant Crater comeback.

Crater's Gabrielle Lazzari converted a penalty kick in the 60th minute to tie the game at 2-all after Aaron Powell was fouled in the box.

Nate Dunn scored in the 25th minute off an assist by Lazzari, but Klamath Union held a 2-1 lead for most of the game.

Crater (2-8) outshot the Pelicans 16-10.

Girls

SOUTH MEDFORD 2, ROSEBURG 1, SHOOTOUT ' At Winchester, sophomore Chelsie O'Neill's penalty kick goal in a shootout secured the victory for South at Umpqua Community College.

The teams played to a scoreless halftime tie, and Roseburg took a 1-0 lead in the 63rd minute on Carli Godard's goal from just inside the 18-yard stripe.

South Medford (10-1 SOC) answered just one minute later when Kaylyn Knutson took a pass from Kelsey Corbin outside the box, carried the ball up the middle and put the ball in the lower left side of the net.

Neither team scored in the two 10-minute overtime sessions, sending the game into a five-player shootout.

Godard made Roseburg's first penalty kick in the shootout and Emma McConnell scored on the Panthers' opening shot. The Indians missed their second shot, while Jenna Smith converted to give South a 2-1 lead.

Panther goalkeeper Bethany Stousland made a save on the Indians' third shot, but South also missed its third opportunity. After Julie Piper missed wide on the Indians' fourth attempt, O'Neill sealed the victory by placing the ball in the lower left corner of the net.

NORTH MEDFORD 4, ASHLAND — ' At Ashland, Emily Gross and Alex Batzer proved to be an unstoppable combination as North Medford eased past Ashland.

Gross scored three goals ' all off assists from Batzer ' to continue her recent hot streak and Batzer added an unassisted goal to pace the Black Tornado (10-1).

Ashland trimmed its 3-0 deficit about 10 minutes into the second half after a direct kick caromed off the top of the goal post and was deflected in by Katie Cowger.

Katy Kunkle and Caitlin Seeley shared duties in goal for North.

KLAMATH UNION 2, CRATER 1, Shootout '

At Klamath Falls, Klamath Union converted three kicks in shootout overtime and held the Comets on two of their shots to earn the win.

Crater took an early lead on a goal by Jessica Wasniewski in the seventh minute, but the Pelicans (5-7) tied the game in the 27th minute when Cassondra McDonnell found Ellie Casey for a goal.

KU goalie Kara Clark had three saves in overtime. The Pelicans' second shootout win over Crater this season keeps their slim playoff hopes alive.

GRANTS PASS 5, EAGLE POINT 0 ' At Grants Pass, five different Cavers reached the net and Megan Franko and Courtney Cameron each had a goal and an assist.

Grants Pass (7-4) didn't allow Eagle Point to get a shot off.

Franko took an assist from Cameron in the first half, and returned the favor in the second half.

Megan Cardiff, Larae Rojas and Jill Croucher each added goals as the Cavers pulled within a game of third-place Roseburg.