Avila helps South defeat Grants Pass
Brian Avila has consistently made his impact felt for the South Medford boys soccer team.
The senior forward scored twice and played a role in a third goal as the Panthers defeated Grants Pass 4-1 in a Southwest Conference game Tuesday at Spiegelberg Stadium.
"(Avila) tends to leave his mark," South Medford coach Dave Kaufman said. "Brian is very tough to contain. He is technically gifted and has a feel for the game."
Armando Marin capitalized on a defensive mistake to give South Medford a 1-0 lead in the fifth minute. Dylan Reese assisted on the goal.
In the 30th minute, Avila played a ball across the face of the goal and a Caveman defender knocked it in for an own goal.
The half ended with the Panthers (8-3, 5-2 SWC) ahead 2-0.
Chris Krause converted a penalty kick in the 50th minute to cut the Panther lead to 2-1.
South Medford freshman goalkeeper Mitch North initially stopped the penalty shot, but Krause put the rebound into the net. North was making his first varsity start.
"We subbed (North) in at halftime against North Medford on Saturday," said Kaufman, "and he responded real well. He understands the flow of the game. They only got a few solid scoring opportunities and Mitch did a good job defending those."
Avila accounted for South Medford's final two goals. In the 70th minute, Avila posted up in the box, flipped the ball in the air and volleyed in a shot from about 10 yards out. Avila's second goal came minutes later on an assist from Kory Kellum.
"We're back on track after a couple of tough loses," said Kaufman. "I think we can make the title race an interesting one."
SOUTH EUGENE 2, NORTH MEDFORD 0 — South Eugene scored two first-half goals to keep North Medford winless in conference action.
The Axemen got both goals within four minutes of each other about midway through the opening period at Hoffbuhr Field.
North Medford (3-7-1, 0-6-1 SWC) demonstrated good ball possession and had some good scoring opportunities against SWC-leading South Eugene (7-0-3, 6-0-1).
ROSEBURG 3, SHELDON 0 — At Roseburg, Chris Timms, Skyler Schroeder and Lucas Walker each scored to lead host Roseburg to the Southwest Conference victory.
Southern Sky Conference
ASHLAND 9, EAGLE POINT 2 — At Eagle Point, Ashland knocked in four goals in a 10-minute span to secure the Southern Sky Conference victory.
Ian Murray and Adam Pavlich led the Grizzlies (6-5-1, 5-1 SSC) with three goals apiece. Ashland also received two goals from Edgar Lazardo and one goal from Reed Chasmar.
CRATER 3, MAZAMA 1 — At Central Point, Shane Vanderzwan, Emanuel Estrada and Ivan Ramirez each scored to lead host Crater to the win.
Jake Bagdan assisted on the first two goals and Noel Cummings had an assist on Ramirez's score for the Comets (7-5-1, 4-2 SSC).
Darwin Partida scored Mazama's lone goal.
HENLEY 1, NORTH VALLEY 0 — At Klamath Falls, Danny Celemin scored in the fourth minute to lead Henley to a Skyline Conference victory.
North Valley dropped to 1-9-1 overall and 1-6 in Skyline play, while Henley moved to 6-5-1 and 5-2.
ST. MARY'S 0, UMPQUA VALLEY CHRISTIAN 0 — It was a defensive standoff as St. Mary's and Umpqua Valley Christian settled for a tie in District 3 action.
St. Mary's (8-2-1 Dist. 3) dominated regulation play with 10 shots on goal to Umpqua Valley Christian's three. The game eventually found its way to overtime, where St. Mary's had a 4-0 advantage in shots on goal.
ROGUE RIVER 3, GOLD BEACH 0 — At Rogue River, junior goalkeeper Tyler Donahue scored his first two goals of the season in the second half to lead Rogue River to the District 3 win.
Donahue, who was moved to midfield and out of the box for the first time this year, scored on a header off a corner kick in the 50th minute and he boomed in a shot from approximately 40 yards in the 57th.
Teammate Andy Pelletier scored his first goal of the season, a shot in the 20th minute that gave the Chieftains a 1-0 halftime lead.