Crusaders score key road victory
ROSEBURG — St. Mary's used early scoring and standout defense throughout to earn a key District 3 boys soccer victory over host Umpqua Valley Christian on Saturday.
Lou Arne opened the scoring eight minutes into the contest when he came out with the ball in a cluster of players and put it into the net from 6 yards out.
Jesus Aruno pushed the lead for St. Mary's (4-1, 3-1 Dist. 3) up to 2-0 in the 39th minute on another close-range effort.
The Crusaders outshot UVC (3-1, 3-1 Dist. 3) 12-2 in the first half but the Monarchs stepped up their play in the second half before ultimately falling short 2-1.
"In second half, they gave us a little more difficulty," said St. Mary's coach Paul Coughlin. "They really came at us in the second half."
The Monarchs were awarded a penalty kick in the 45th minute and Mitchell Graham calmly deposited a nice shot to cut UVC's deficit in half.
The score remained that way thanks to a solid St. Mary's defense led by sweeper Elliot Coughlin, defenders A.J. Leep and Connor Dumont and midfielders Lou Arne and Reid Arne. Goalkeeper Tylor Peterson didn't see a lot of action other than the penalty kick, according to coach Coughlin.
ROSEBURG 4, GRANTS PASS 1 — At Roseburg, Josh Malone had two goals and an assist and Roseburg scored three times in a four-minute span of the first half in the SWC opener.
Malone's first goal came in the 31st minute, when he retrieved the ball at midfield, beat two defenders and the keeper, who came out, then finished strong.
The score energized the Indians (3-0-2), who tallied in the 33rd (Lucas Walker) and 34th minutes (Malone) for a 3-0 halftime lead.
Grants Pass' Taylor Giggs scored in the 65th minute, and Malone assisted Luke Hammer in the 72nd.
SOUTH EUGENE 1, SHELDON 0 — At Eugene, Matt Arbogast scored at the 29th minute off an assist by Raul Salgado.
Senior goalkeeper Grayson Travis recorded the shutout for South Eugene (4-1-1, 1-0 SWC).
NORTH VALLEY 3, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0 — At Cave Junction, Isaiah McLittle scored on an unconventional heel kick after a crossing pass sailed behind him in the 11th minute and Zane Willing stole a ball deep in the goal box and scored to give North Valley a 2-0 halftime lead.
The Cougars (0-3, 0-2 Skyline) put the pressure on with a couple shots in the second half, but North Valley secured the win with a goal by Steven Massa in the 51st minute.
CROOK COUNTY 2, EAGLE POINT 1 — At Prineville, Crook County took a 2-0 lead with goals in the 35th and 40th minutes and staved off an Eagle Point rally.
With 12 minutes to play, Tyler Van Dyke sent a free kick over the Crook County back line and Cesar Espinoza ran onto the ball and chipped it over the goalie from 18 yards out.
The Eagles (0-3) had a couple other scoring opportunities negated in the second half.
WOODBURN 6, ASHLAND 3 — At Ashland, Ashland built a 3-2 lead by halftime but ran out of gas in suffering the nonconference loss at North Mountain Park.
Adam Pavlich scored on a header off a corner kick by Ian Murray in the ninth minute, but Woodburn scored in the 26th and 28th minutes to take a 2-1 lead.
The Grizzlies (1-4-1) tied the match on an indirect kick by Neil Presicci in the 38th minute on shot just outside the box after a tap by Murray.
Ashland regained the lead one minute later when Kevin Cassidy converted a crossing pass from Chris Landt.
Woodburn went on to tally in the 50th, 55th, 73rd and 76th minutes to pull away.
SUMMIT 4, CRATER 1 — At Central Point, Shane Vanderzwan scored in the 30th minute but that was all the offense Crater (3-3-1) could muster in the nonleague contest.
Summit led 2-0 in the first 15 minutes of play and 3-0 before Vanderzwan found the back of the net.