Panthers score late to edge Black Tornado
North Medford and South Medford appeared destined for overtime Saturday night until the Panthers pulled off a little magic in Southwest Conference boys soccer action at Spiegelberg Stadium.
With the score tied 1-all and only two minutes remaining in regulation, South Medford pulled off a set play on a free kick to slip by the Black Tornado for a 2-1 triumph.
Facing a free kick about 30 yards away from the goal, Nate Diaz started up as though he was going to cross the ball on goal but instead played a low ball on the ground to Brian Avila, who was making a run behind North's defensive wall. Avila collected the ball and then played a pass across the face of the goal for Josue Rodriguez, who ran onto the play and tapped the ball into the net for the game-winner.
"They drew it up nicely," said South Medford head coach Dave Kaufman. "It's one that we've had in the bag of tricks for a long time. It's not something you can run but in certain situations, but they set it up and it ran perfectly."
The win allowed South to improve to 7-3 overall and 4-2 in SWC play, while North dropped to 3-6-1 and 0-5-1, respectively.
"It was a wonderful game to watch," added Kaufman. "I tip my hat to North. They've probably not had the season they'd hoped for so far but they battled hard. It was worth the price of admission, for sure."
The Black Tornado took a lead in the 24th minute on a nice header by David Formolo following a corner kick from Jesus Solorio, and the Panthers answered 11 minutes later on a header by Jaime Ibarra.
Southern Sky Conference
KLAMATH UNION 2, CRATER 1, SO — At Klamath Falls, Ben Purtzer came up with a key shot and save in the first set of five penalty kicks, but Crater couldn't keep it up in a shootout loss in Southern Sky Conference play.
Florian Katenbrink scored in the 56th minute to tie the match for the Comets (6-5-1, 3-2 SSC), and neither team could score in either 10-minute overtime session.
Matt Crowl, Emmanual Estrada and Shane Vanderzwan each converted their penalty kicks for Crater before Sam Mitchell missed the mark. Purtzer then stepped up and made his to keep the Comets alive, and secured more kicks moments later when he returned to the goal and stopped a KU shot.
The shootout then went to a golden goal series, with J.D. Walker of Crater getting blocked but Purtzer doing likewise to a Pelican effort. Jake Bagdan found the net but KU answered, and then a Noel Cummings miss opened the door for KU, which put one past Purtzer for the winner.
ASHLAND 6, MAZAMA 1 — At Ashland, Reed Chasmar scored two goals in the first half and added an assist to lead Ashland.
Ian Murray scored on an assist by Zach Hartman to put the Grizzlies (5-5-1, 5-1 SSC) ahead 3-0 at halftime. Chasmar then assisted on a score by Chris Landt in the first minute of the second half.
Ashland's Dylan Molnar added a late score and Mazama had an own goal.
EAGLE POINT 3, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0 — At Eagle Point, Werner Constanza, Cesar Espinoza and Tyler Van Dyke each scored in the first half to lead Eagle Point to the nonconference victory.
Juan DeLaCruz earned the shutout in goal for the Eagles (1-8-1).
PHOENIX 2, NORTH VALLEY 0 — At Merlin, Carlos Mena posted his 10th straight shutout to lead top-ranked Phoenix.
Mario Esqueda scored in the fifth minute from an assist by Daniel Katyama to open the scoring for the Pirates (11-0, 6-0 Skyline).
Luis Hernandez capped the scoring in the 29th minute when he booted in a loose ball following a free kick.
HENLEY 1, HIDDEN VALLEY 0, OT — At Klamath Falls, Travis Mortenson broke a scoreless tie in the 92nd minute to lead Henley to the Skyline Conference win.
Cody Jones paced Hidden Valley (4-6, 4-3, Skyline) with solid play at midfield, according to HV head coach Tim Hannah.
ST. MARY'S 8, GLIDE 1 — At Glide, Davis Darnall and Lou Arne each scored a pair of goals as St. Mary's went out to an 8-0 halftime lead.
Sophomore Noah Kotler, normally a defender, was moved up front and produced one goal and three assists.
Reid Arne scored one goal and had two assists, and Jeff Reeder and Keenan Grant each had one goal for the Crusaders (9-2, 8-2 Dist. 3).
Glide's goal came on a penalty kick in the second half.
CRESWELL 3, ROGUE RIVER 0 — At Creswell, Andrew Sanders scored a pair of goals and teammate Willy Sanchez added a late score to lead Creswell.
Tyler Donahue recorded 14 saves for Rogue River, which dropped to 4-6 overall and in conference.