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Cavemen move into second with win over Tornado

Grants Pass accomplished something no other Grants Pass boys soccer team had done in coach Lowell Anderson’s six-year coaching reign.

The Cavemen made an early goal hold up in a 1-0 victory over the Black Tornado in a Southwest Conference game Tuesday at Hoffbuhr Field.

It was the first time during Anderson’s tenure that the Cavemen (7-3-1, 4-2-1 SWC) defeated North in both league matches in the same season. The Grants Pass victory breaks a second-place tie in the SWC standings with the Black Tornado (5-4-1, 3-3-1).

The Cavemen scored in the 13th minute when Connor Cubic put a cross by Josh Haack into the upper corner of the net.

“We had a winger not track back and their guy was open and ripped it near the left post,” North Medford coach Michael Belzberg said.

In the second half, North Medford got a penalty kick when Caveman goalkeeper Dustin Harrah received yellow card for a foul in the box. Harrah had to temporarily leave the game, so Kevin Luther was put in net and made a save on Danny Zamores’ penalty kick.

“That was a huge stop and took the momentum away from them as well,” said Anderson. “Harrah made four saves but none bigger than Kevin’s stop.”

Belzberg had praise for senior left-winger Adrian Barrera.

“It was his best game all season,” said Belzberg. “He played 100 percent and had an impact.”

For Grants Pass, midfielders Jonathan Williams and Cameron Marzi stopped North from getting many through balls and defenders Will Nance and Noah Heiser helped thwart the North attack.

“Overall we played a great game,” said Belzberg. “We just didn’t finish when it counted.”

SOUTH MEDFORD 2, ROSEBURG 1: South Medford’s Diego Rodriguez recovered a loose ball outside the box and whipped in a shot for the go-ahead goal in the 70th minute during SWC play at South Medford High.

Josue Reyes used a sensational effort to score the first goal for the Panthers (6-4, 4-3 SWC), taking a pass from Kyle Owings and dribbling 40 yards before beating a pair of defenders and the Roseburg goalie in the 45th minute.

Roseburg (0-7-3, 0-4-2) tied it in the 64th minute on a scramble for the ball after Isak Wirgen’s free kick hit the crossbar and Tanner Hunt pushed in the equalizer.

Midwestern League

ASHLAND 7, CRATER 0: At Ashland, freshman Ben Lucero and Bryce Rollins each scored first half goals and also added scores in the second half of the MWL matchup at North Mountain Park.

The Grizzlies (6-3, 2-0 MWL) led 2-0 at halftime.

Lucero opened the scoring in the 14th minute off a cross from another freshman, Ian Rinefort.

Rollins made it 2-0 in the 26th minute.

Rinefort, Lucas Golding, and Graycen Kennedy each had second-half goals. Golding added two assists.

Ashland goalies Tejas Leie Heyden and Ferruccio Lemley recorded the shutout.


Southwest Conference

SOUTH MEDFORD 3, ROSEBURG 1: At Roseburg, South Medford gave up a rare goal — only its second during the Panthers’ winning streak — but rallied with three unanswered goals to remain atop the SWC standings.

After Roseburg (3-7-1, 2-4-1 SWC) scored in the 10th minute, Liz Beattie netted the equalizer in the 15th minute off an assist by Erin Riley. Five minutes later, Brittany Jensen’s corner kick found Raney Brooks, whose header goal gave the Panthers (9-1, 7-0) the advantage.

South Medford locked up its ninth straight win after Andie DeVries sent a pass through traffic that Renae Nisbet ran onto and deposited into the net.

NORTH MEDFORD 1, GRANTS PASS 1: At Grants Pass, North Medford sophomore Natalie Parker scored in the 61st minute but the Black Tornado was forced to settle for a gut-wrenching tie when Grants Pass netted the equalizer with 28 seconds to play at Mel Ingram Field.

Bailey O’Connor battled for the ball and held it before playing a perfect lead pass to Parker, who ran up from her center midfield position and one-touched a shot into the net for North Medford (4-2-4, 2-2-2 SWC).

Grants Pass (5-3-3, 3-2-2) scored when it gained possession near midfield and Brooke Blacksmith lifted a pass over the shoulder of Maci Jokumsen, who gathered around the top of the box and sent a low shot into the net.

Midwestern League

ASHLAND 10, CRATER 1: At Central Point, Ashland scored six goals in the first 16 minutes en route to the Midwestern League blowout at Dutch Meyer Field.

Faci Graham and Samantha Lilley scored two goals apiece and the other six were spread out as the Grizzlies (8-1-1, 2-0 MWL) raced out to a 7-0 halftime lead to increase their winning streak to six games.

Crater (4-5, 1-1 MWL) has now lost two games to Ashland by a combined score of 17-1.

Mikaela Perry, Jessica Harrower, Maya Timmons, Hailee Hayes, Tia Wilhelm and Mya Elder Hammond also scored for Ashland.