South boys edge past Grants Pass
GRANTS PASS — South Medford’s potent offensive attack took a backseat to its defensive capabilities Tuesday in Southwest Conference boys soccer.
Brian Avila’s goal in the 20th minute marked the only scoring against host Grants Pass as the Panthers earned a 1-0 triumph in the SWC opener for both teams.
“It was not pretty but we walked away with three points and that’s all that matters,” said South coach Dave Kaufman.
Kory Kellum set up the lone goal with an aggressive move to the goal and ensuing shot that got away from GP’s goalie and made its way to Avila, who deposited the ball into the net.
Jorge Ruiz notched his first shutout in goal for the Panthers (4-1, 1-0 SWC), thanks to a solid supporting cast of defenders.
“We kind of pride ourselves on pitching those shutouts and we’ve given up some softer goals than we were accustomed to so I think this is a good one for his confidence,” said Kaufman. “We’re getting back on track for being kinda stingy.”
South’s back line of defense was especially key thanks to the efforts of Cody Anders, Eddie Tovar, Humberto Alvarez and Josue Rodriguez.
“The guys in the back played pretty well,” said Kaufman. “They really stood out.”
South next faces rival North Medford at 4 p.m. Thursday at Hoffbuhr Field.
u SOUTH EUGENE 2, NORTH MEDFORD 1 — At Eugene, David Formolo scored off a flick from foreign exchange student Cristobal Caamano to tie the match in the 47th minute for North Medford but South Eugene tallied 17 minutes later to nab the SWC victory.
The Axemen scored a controversial goal in the 19th minute on a direct kick from about 20 yards out when there was some confusion whether the kick came before or after the whistle to resume play. South Eugene’s game-winning goal came after a defensive breakdown, with Peter Picado-Curtis doing the honors.
North (3-2, 0-1 SWC) outshot the Axemen, 9-7.
Southern Sky Conference
u ASHLAND 4, MAZAMA 1 — At Klamath Falls, Chris Landt accounted for all four goals to guide Ashland to the win in the Southern Sky opener.
Landt scored the first three goals for the Grizzlies and added an assist on a goal by Adam Pavlich in the 68th minute.
Pablo Leao had an assist for Ashland (2-4-1 overall).
u CRATER 2, KLAMATH UNION 1 — At Central Point, German foreign exchange student Florian Katenbrink scored an unassisted goal in each half for Crater in the league opener.
The Comets (4-1-3, 1-0 SSC) led 1-0 at halftime.
Katenbrink scored at about the 30th minute when he dribbled in from midfield and boomed a shot into the net from the 18-yard stripe. He capitalized on a defensive mistake to score from 6 yards out as the Comets took a 2-0 second-half lead.
With less than 10 minutes remaining, Ethan Olson tallied for the Pelicans (2-2, 0-1).
u EAGLE POINT 1, NORTH VALLEY 1 — At Eagle Point, Arturo Cortes scored on an assist from Tyler Van Dyke in the final minute of the first half for host Eagle Point (0-3-1 overall).
North Valley tied the nonleague game on a breakaway goal in the 57th minute.
u PHOENIX 7, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0 — At Talent, Jonathan Hernandez scored the opening two goals to guide Phoenix to the Skyline Conference victory.
Chris Solis added a goal and two assists, and Tito Onesto had a goal and an assist for the Pirates (7-0, 3-0 Skyline).
Teammates Daniel Katyama, James Castillo and Omar Iboa also scored. Jesus DeLaCruz, Geoff Jenson and Danny Giardina recorded an assist for Phoenix.
u ST. MARY’S 8, ROGUE RIVER 1 — Garrett Coughlin recorded his first career hat trick, and Reid Arne and Lou Arne each had three assists to lead St. Mary’s.
Davis Darnall, Elliot Coughlin, Keenan Grant, Jesus Aruno and Lou Arne also scored a goal. Harrison Leep and Jeff Reeder each had an assist for the Crusaders (5-1, 4-1 Dist. 3).