Revenge-minded Grizzlies rout Tornado
ASHLAND ' Ashland's 3-1 loss to North Medford early this season served as a wake-up call for the Grizzlies boys soccer team.
Ashland emphatically answered that defeat Saturday with a dominating 6-0 Southern Oregon Conference victory over North at Ashland Middle School.
The loss to North Medford changed our frame of mind, said Ashland coach Eisa Tiaa Tutu, whose team registered its sixth consecutive SOC win. We started to focus and play the way we should.
The Grizzlies (10-1, 9-1 SOC) jumped on North Medford right from the opening whistle and built a 4-0 halftime lead.
Joseph Fallon began the scoring at the 11th minute off a cross from Clayton Hormel.
Then Ashland's leading scorer, junior striker Rodrigo Ramos, tallied the next two goals.
— Ramos followed a rebound off his own header to score from close in at the 15th minute, then got a goal at the 30th minute off an assist from Colin Reinstedt.
With his speed, (Ramos) is well-suited for scoring, said Tiaa Tutu. He knows how to transition from defense.
The Grizzlies completed the first-half scoring when Alex Murray took a crossing pass from Steven Fisher in stride and boomed in a shot from outside the box.
It was the most beautiful goal we scored today, said Tiaa Tutu.
Ashland received goals from Brendan Chapman and freshman Simon Linsdy after intermission.
Ashland goalies Greg Cross and Martin Young split time in net. Young had two tough saves in the second half.
Today we put every practice lesson into the game, said Tiaa Tutu. We concentrated on communicating in the back and we shifted their defense from side to side because we were moving the ball to create opportunities.
ROSEBURG 1, SOUTH MEDFORD 0 ' At Rosburg, after a scoreless first half, Taylor Martin booted in a penalty kick to lift the Indians to victory in SOC play.
The penalty kick in the 56th minute boosted the Indians (8-3, 6-3 SOC) to second in the SOC standings.
KLAMATH UNION 2, CRATER 0 '
At Klamath Falls, Klamath Union scored two second-half goals en route to the SOC victory.
Dominic Agnimel and Luis Ortega each tallied for the Pelicans (4-6 SOC).
SOUTH MEDFORD 5, ROSEBURG — ' Damiann Compher notched a hat trick as South Medford broke up a 1-all tie at the half with four second-half scores in the SOC victory.
Compher tallied in the ninth minute on an assist by fellow forward Kendall Gallop. Roseburg (4-7 SOC) countered in the 26th with a Julie Piper goal.
Compher scored again off an assist from Gallop in the 51st, then tacked on her third score midway through the second half.
Jessica Janes and Samantha Matthews also scored for South (10-1 SOC), which held a 22-5 advantage in shots on goal.
CRATER 3, KLAMATH UNION 0 '
At Central Point, Stevie Deats scored two first-half goals to lead Crater in the SOC contest.
Deats netted her first goal in the 25th minute, after the KU goalkeeper failed to corral a shot by Janelle Stoner.
Five minutes later, Deats put in another loose ball, this time from a Rachel Smith shot attempt, to give the Comets a 2-0 advantage at the break.
Smith then scored a goal of her own in the 65th minute to put the game out of reach for Crater (6-5 SOC).
NORTH MEDFORD 4, ASHLAND — ' Senior forward Natasha Sawall scored North Medford's first goal and assisted on the second as the Black Tornado remained undefeated.
North Medford (11-0 SOC) led 2-0 at halftime at Hoffbuhr Field.
Sawall boomed in a shot from 25 yards in the 13th minute off an assist from Shauna Spano.
Jessica Reid tallied 12 minutes later when she followed up a rebound off a Sawall shot.
Junior midfielder Alex Batzer took over for North in the second half by scoring a pair of goals. Michelle Sanderson assisted on Batzer's first at the 48th minute and Alicia Stormberg got the assist on the next one.
Black Tornado goalie Megan Ross allowed a goal at the 77th minute, but made several difficult stops against the Grizzlies.
GRANTS PASS 7, EAGLE POINT — ' At Grants Pass, Grants Pass improved to 7-4 in the SOC with the lopsided win.
Courtney Cameron, Abby Klingel, Sheila Lindquist, Audrey Richardson, Ashley Franko, Heather Thomas and Lorine Cruz all notched goals for the Cavers.
Carolyn Rotar tallied the lone goal for Eagle Point (0-11 SOC) on a penalty kick.