Cavemen top Tornado to stay perfect
GRANTS PASS — Junior center midfielder Cameron Marzi scored on a pass from Noah Heisser in the 43rd minute to help lift the undefeated Grants Pass boys soccer team to a 1-0 victory over North Medford in the Southwest Conference opener Tuesday.
Heisser beat his defender on the right side before sending his assist to Marzi, who booted it in from about 6 yards out.
Junior Eric Benitez, last year’s Southern Oregon Hybrid goalkeeper of the year, made seven saves for North Medford (2-2, 0-1 SWC).
Senior forward Danny Zamores had a chance to even the score with about five minutes left, but the shot sailed over the crossbar.
Dustin Harrah came up big for the Cavemen (4-0, 1-0), filling in between the pipes for starter Kevin Luther after Luther suffered a shoulder injury during warmups.
SOUTH MEDFORD 2, ROSEBURG 1: At Roseburg, Rene Cabrera scored one goal and assisted on another as South Medford grabbed a 2-0 halftime lead in its Southwest Conference opener at Finlay Field.
Cabrera booted a free kick from 30 yards out into the upper V in the 20th minute to give the Panthers (3-1, 1-0 SWC) an early lead.
Five minutes later, Cabrera connected on a through ball to Carlos Menendez, who dribbled in close and beat Roseburg keeper Cody Quinn for the score.
John Giraudo accounted for the Roseburg (0-4-1) goal in the 60th minute.
Menendez, a junior forward, created offensive opportunities and South senior goalie Caleb Rayburn helped preserve the lead with some key saves.
ASHLAND 3, PHOENIX 0: At Talent, Ashland picked up its first win of the season in nonleague action.
Bryce Rollins (14th minute), Benjamin Lucero (61st) and Gabe Lehrburger (77th) all had goals for the Grizzlies (1-3).
Avery Gollnick was aggressive offensively for Phoenix (1-2).
CRATER 3, MAZAMA 2: At Central Point, Crater received second-half goals from Levi Kuhlman and Antonio DeSimone to register its first victory of the season at Dutch Meyer Field.
The score was 1-all at halftime
Crater’s Josiah Quijano opened the scoring with a goal in the upper right portion of the net from the top left side of the penalty box.
Mazama (1-2) tied the game just before the half ended.
Crater (1-2), which avenged an earlier 3-0 road loss to Mazama, received excellent play from captain Cyrus Irigoyen, Erix Jensen and Jason Santoni, who helped control the midfield and pace of play.
ST. MARY’S 2, NORTH VALLEY 1: At Merlin, junior forward Austin Pena scored two goals as St. Mary’s prevailed in the nonconference affair stopped at the 60th minute because of excessive smoke.
The Crusaders led 1-0 at halftime on Pena’s header off an Alec Robertson corner kick in the eighth minute.
In the 50th, Hunter Rothfus fired powerful shot from 20 yards that hit the crossbar and Pena cleaned up to put the Crusaders ahead 2-0.
North Valley (1-2) scored five minutes later on a Trinidad Florez goal off a David McLittle assist.
The Crusaders (2-2) received strong defense from junior sweeper Justin Hawkins.
HIDDEN VALLEY 3, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 1: Kyle Millette scored one goal and had an assist and Abraham Martinez added two assists for Hidden Valley in the nonconference game at U.S. Cellular.
The Mustangs grabbed a 1-0 lead at the five-minute mark on Millette’s goal off a Martinez assist.
The Challengers (3-1) tied the game eight minutes later when Tyler Hopkins won the ball and found Travis Cave, who deposited a shot in the side from 13 yards.
Hidden Valley got the go ahead score by Rigel Bloom, with Martinez assisting, seven minutes into the second half.
At the 73rd minute, Owen Stevens hit a shot into the upper V from 23 yards on a Millette feed.
The Mustangs outshot the Challengers, 12-2.