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Axemen deny Panthers in SWC battle

EUGENE — South Medford had a chance to make things interesting in Southwest Conference boys soccer over the final week of the regular season but couldn't capitalize on the road Saturday against South Eugene.

The Panthers entered the game third in the SWC standings — four points behind the Axemen and Roseburg — but couldn't close the gap Saturday as South Eugene earned a hard-fought 1-0 victory.

"They're always good competition," South Medford head coach Dave Kaufman said of the Axemen. "We just came out on the short end of it."

Ian Englebert scored the game's lone goal in the 35th minute after receiving a long pass across the field from Raul Salgado and directing a 10-yard shot into the net.

"I saw it coming a mile away," said Kaufman, whose team dropped to 8-4 overall and 5-3 in SWC play. "It was a nice goal. It could have been fairly easily diverted but we fell asleep on that one."

Grayson Travis made four saves to earn the shutout in goal for South Eugene (10-1-2, 7-0-1 SWC), but likely could have been pressed a little harder by the Panther attackers.

"We had some very good looks on the goal but we weren't on in the final phase of the game," said Kaufman. "We didn't force their goalkeeper to have to make many saves. We had some opportunities where we were behind their defense and the goal-scorers didn't take advantage of the chances."

ROSEBURG 3, NORTH MEDFORD 2 — At Roseburg, Luke Hammer, Reid Martin and Matt Ungerman each scored in the first half for host Roseburg (7-0-1 SWC).

David Formolo put North Medford on the scoreboard with a goal in the 69th minute on an assist by Brandon Schoenmann. Two minutes later, Jorge Maldonado scored for the Black Tornado (3-8-1, 0-7-1 SWC).

GRANTS PASS 4, SHELDON 2 — At Grants Pass, Taylor Griggs and Chris Krouse each had a goal and an assist to lead the comeback win for host Grants Pass.

Joseph Houck and Nick Thomas scored in the first half to give Sheldon (1-6-1 SWC) a 2-0 halftime lead.

Griggs, Krouse, Dillon Witham and Brian Satterthwaite all scored in the final 15 minutes of the game.

Casey Zottola also had an assist for the Cavemen (2-6 SWC).

Southern Sky Conference

ASHLAND 2, KLAMATH UNION 0 — At Ashland, Neil Presicci scored on a pair of direct free kicks to lead Ashland to the Southern Sky Conference win at Ashland Middle School.

Presicci converted his first free kick three minutes into the match, then added another goal in the 49th minute from the top of the box.

Noah Sohl earned the shutout in goal for the Grizzlies (7-5-1, 6-1 SSC).

MAZAMA 9, EAGLE POINT 1 — At Klamath Falls, Darwin Partida scored four goals and Charles Swann added three to lead host Mazama to the win.

Joseph Salgado scored on a penalty kick in the 76th minute for Eagle Point (1-10-1, 0-6 SSC).

Skyline Conference

NORTH VALLEY 4, ILLINOIS VALLEY 1 — At Merlin, Josh Cowell, Matthew Wessels and Zane Willing each scored first-half goals to lead North Valley.

The Knights (2-8-1, 2-6 Skyline) led 3-0 at halftime and added a goal by Kristofer Wessels before Illinois Valley finally broke through for a goal with four minutes to play.

District 3

ST. MARY'S 6, ROGUE RIVER 0 — At Rogue River, Harrison Leep scored four goals and had an assist to lead visiting St. Mary's to the victory.

Reid Arne added a goal and assisted on three of Leep's scores. Keenan Grant also had a goal and an assist for the Crusaders (10-3, 9-3 Dist. 3).