South boys upset Tigard in playoffs
TIGARD — South Medford goalkeeper Mitch North struggled at times to control a slick ball in the second round of the Class 6A boys soccer state playoffs Tuesday, but he came up clutch when it mattered most.
North made two saves in a penalty kick shootout that propelled the Panthers to a 2-1 victory over Tigard.
South Medford (8-5-1), which has won six straight matches, will host Jesuit (13-3), No. 1 in the OSAA power rankings, in the quarterfinals Saturday at Spiegelberg Stadium. The Panthers upset the Metro League champion Crusaders in last year's semifinals before falling to South Salem 2-1 in the state title game.
Against Tigard, South Medford had to come back to tie the match 1-all in regulation and neither team scored in two 10-minute overtime periods.
The Panthers opened the shootout on a bad note when Humberto Alvarez missed on his penalty kick and the Tigers converted their shot.
Greg Rapet scored on South's second shot to even the match and the Panther sophomore goalie stopped the Tigard attempt. On the third penalty kick, Eddie Tovar converted for the Panthers and North came up with his second consecutive save to put South Medford in the lead.
On the fourth attempt, South's Caleb Wright scored and Tigard also put the ball into the net. Then South's Felipe Sanchez booted in the winner to end the game.
"Mitch (North) is very long and quick," said South Medford coach Dave Kaufman, who didn't watch the shootout because of superstition. "He's tough to beat. He had the opportunity to do it for us and he did it."
The Tigers (12-2-1) scored the game's first goal in the 60th minute when Drew Nyberg took advantage of a poor clearance on the defensive end and deposited a shot in the upper corner of the net from 25 yards out.
The Panthers evened the score about 11 minutes later when Sanchez tallied on a low shot inside the near post off an assist from Alvarez.
"It was a nice combination play in the box," said Kaufman. "(Sanchez) found an opening and put it away."
Kaufman credits South's back line of Tovar, Jack Delaney, Wright and Greg Alegria with diffusing most of the Tigard attack in the defensive struggle that was played mostly in the midfield.
"It was not our best performance but we hung in there," said Kaufman. "We may not create a lot of opportunities but when we get them we're very efficient."
JESUIT 6, ROSEBURG 1 — At Portland, Jesuit, No. 1 in the power rankings and the Metro League champion, rolled to the second-round win.
Jesuit (14-3) visits South Medford Saturday. Roseburg ended the season 10-5-1.
HIDDEN VALLEY 1, LA GRANDE 0 — At Grants Pass, Hidden Valley's Cody Jones found an opening in the stingy La Grande defense for the lone goal in the 18th minute. Kyle Moye assisted on the play.
The Mustangs (15-1), the No. 1 team from the Skyline Conference, controlled possession for 75 percent of the game, said coach Tim Hannah, as La Grande focused on defense.
Hidden Valley hosts North Marion, No. 2 in the Tri-Valley Conference, in a quarterfinal game Saturday. North Marion (9-3-4) defeated North Valley, 6-1.
NORTH MARION 6, NORTH VALLEY 1 — At Portland, senior Angelo Florez scored three goals and North Marion neutralized the North Valley speed on a small, muddy field.
Florez tallied his first goal on a penalty kick in the 38th minute as the Huskies (9-3-4) took a 2-0 lead at the break.
The Knights (9-7-1) finally broke through on Brendan Massi's rebound goal off a Josh Cowell shot in the 71st minute.
ST. MARY'S 4, WESTSIDE CHRISTIAN 0 — At Beaverton, Poncho Acuna-Miranda scored two goals and added one assist to send St. Mary's into Saturday's Class 3A/2A/1A quarterfinals.
The Crusaders (10-2-2) will face Riverdale, No. 2 in the power rankings, in the next round. Riverdale beat Rogue River 6-0 in the first round.
Acuna scored an unassisted goal in the 16th minute and tacked on another seven minutes later off on an assist by Reid Arne. Harrison Leep scored in the 39th minute off an Acuna assist to give St. Mary's, seeded 10th, a 3-0 halftime advantage.
Arne scored on a loose-ball header in the 45th minute to cap the scoring. Derek Reynolds had a couple nice saves to preserve the shutout at the Tualatin Hills Sports Complex.
RIVERDALE 6, ROGUE RIVER 0 — At Portland, Riverdale, No. 2 in the power rankings, scored four goals in the first 25 minutes at Lewis & Clark College.
Rogue River (8-8) received outstanding performances from senior stopper Shaq Poston and Andy Pelletier, a senior midfielder.