Grants Pass squeaks by South in shootout
GRANT PASS ' Chad Farber has been doing double duty this fall as the top returner for the Grants Pass boys soccer team and the place kicker for the football squad.
As some of his football teammates joined the crowd after practice Tuesday at Mel Ingram Field, Farber clinched a 1-0 shootout victory over South Medford in Southern Oregon Conference action.
The Cavemen (5-5, 4-5 SOC) avenged an overtime loss to the Panthers earlier this season.
With Grants Pass leading 4-3 in the shootout, Farber sent South Medford to its fifth straight loss by booting in the Cavemen's final attempt.
Of all the kids we have, I wouldn't have wanted anyone else than (Farber) taking that kick, Grants Pass coach Scott Gottula said. He's such a big, strong kid. And he's been a leader for us.
For Grants Pass, Brent Erickson, Mickey Allopach, Dallas Bille and Erik Hefflefinger booted in the first four shootout attempts.
— The Panthers (4-6, 3-5 SOC) answered with goals by Kyle Ross, Alex Arizaga and Jesse Bright, but David Bergin's shot to the right was stopped by Caveman goalie Jordan Haggerd.
South Medford sophomore goalkeeper Junior Luviano helped extend the game to the shootout with some big saves in regulation and the 20-minute overtime.
The way things were going, we could have played until midnight and neither team would have scored, said Gottula. Both teams played well and defended well.
Grants Pass received strong play in the back zone from sophomores Cameron Shaffer and Justin Haggard and senior Mark Dimizzio.
Those guys were getting to a lot of the 50-50 balls and were keeping up with the speed South has upfront, said Gottula. Collectively, they did a good job covering for each other.
The Panthers' defense of Dane Happeny, Walt Wimmer, Jesse Bright and Conner Eagan was also solid.
Dane (Happeny) has really embraced his role as our sweeper, South Medford coach Dave Kaufman said. He's not only able to defend well but is seeing opportunities to start the attack.
ASHLAND 2, CRATER — ' At Central Point, Crater, the last-place team in the SOC, played the league-leading Grizzlies tough but gave up the game-winning goal midway through the second half.
After a scoreless first half, Ashland (9-1, 8-1 SOC) scored on a penalty kick by Steven Cory Fisher at the 55-minute mark, and the Comets' Thaigo Olivevia tied it 1-1 10 minutes later.
The final tally came following a collision near the goal mouth, and the Grizzlies' Andrew Christlieb punched it in for the score.
Ashland controlled the pace with its speed, but Crater (2-9, 2-7 SOC) kept it close in part through the fine play of senior stopper Paul Mellgren.
ROSEBURG 3, KLAMATH UNION 0 ' At Roseburg, Tony Sanchez provided a second-half spark to lift Roseburg in the SOC match.
Sanchez first dished to Nick Sanders, who scored in the 46th minute, then tallied himself two minutes later to give the Indians a 2-0 lead.
Roseburg (5-3 SOC) pulled away in the 67th minute when Bryan Bahr tallied on a Mehmet Dontlu assist.
NORTH MEDFORD 10, EAGLE POINT 0 '
Jessica Reid notched three goals and two assists as North Medford dominated the SOC contest at Hoffbuhr field.
North (10-0 SOC) took a 5-0 halftime lead, helped by one goal and two assists from Reid. The freshman then earned the hat trick, scoring goals in the 10th and 20th minutes of the second half.
The Black Tornado also received two goals apiece from Carissa Arnesen and Megan Ross and one goal each from Lisa Sanderson and Ashley Chambers.
ASHLAND 2, CRATER 0 '
At Ashland, Ashland scored two goals in the final 20 minutes, edging Crater in the SOC contest.
Ashland (4-6 SOC) began to break down the Crater defense in the 66th minute when Maddy Stokes drilled a shot from 25 yards out.
Katie Cowger added another goal seven minutes later to ensure the Grizzlies' victory.
KLAMATH UNION 2, ROSEBURG — ' At Klamath Falls, Klamath Union (2-8 SOC) notched the conference victory over the Indians (4-6 SOC).
Katie Gilbert scored KU's first goal in the sixth minute. Ellie Easey then headed one in off of a corner kick by Heather Metz midway through the first half.
Roseburg narrowed the gap in the second half when Julie Piper booted in a penalty kick.
The Pelicans tallied a 16-12 shot advantage and led 4-2 on corner kicks.