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North boys move into second in SWC

North Medford ratcheted up its play in the second half against Roseburg to move into a second-place tie with Willamette in the Southwest Conference boys soccer standings on Saturday.

Despite not playing at its highest level, the Black Tornado built a 2-1 edge on Roseburg by halftime and then controlled play over the final 40 minutes to notch a 4-1 victory at Hoffbuhr Field.

“In the first half we struggled a little bit but we played pretty good in the second half and got it done,” said North Medford head coach Michael Belzberg.

Sergio Perez Diaz collected a loose ball following a Black Tornado (4-2-1, 3-1-1 SWC) corner kick and scored the game’s first goal in the 30th minute. Shortly thereafter, brothers Heriborto Gallegos and Jose Gallegos combined for some good back-and-forth passing before Heriborto Gallegos tucked the ball away for a 2-0 advantage.

Roseburg, however, caught North napping toward the end of the first half and got on board when Patrick Giraudo scored with six seconds to go before intermission.

After regrouping, North Medford stormed out of the break with a goal in the 43rd minute by Carlos Cordoba off a second assist by Jose Gallegos and again in the 60th minute when senior Blake Tamplin laced a left-footed shot into the upper left corner of the net from 10 yards out.

GRANTS PASS 2, SOUTH MEDFORD 1: At Grants Pass, Reed Hungerford scored on a Leonardo Stramare assist in the 55th minute for South Medford before Grants Pass rallied with two goals during Southwest Conference play.

Luke Serrage tallied in the 60th minute using a Mark Hubbard pass and Andrew Chasteen netted a goal a minute later for the Cavemen (3-4, 2-3 SWC).

The Panthers are 0-7, 0-5 in league.

ASHLAND 1, CHURCHILL 0: At Ashland, Ashland fullback Jackson Witters made a strong attack upfield and sent a crossing pass in from the left side that senior Bryce Rollins headed in for the game’s only goal in the 63rd minute of the Midwestern League opener for the Grizzlies.

Cedar Barnes secured the shutout in goal for Ashland (6-1, 1-0 MWL) after making four strong saves, including a pair against stellar efforts by Ben Camp for Churchill (1-5-1, 0-1).

Jade Boucher and Drew Kutcher joined Witters in supplying solid all-around play for Ashland.

SPRINGFIELD 8, CRATER 0: At Springfield, host Springfield built a 6-0 lead by halftime en route to the Midwestern League victory.

Crater dropped to 2-5 overall and 0-1 in league play.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 2, PACIFIC/BANDON 2: At Bandon, Cascade Christian senior Jesse Fretz scored 16 minutes into the match but the Challengers needed a goal by junior Ben McDonald in the 56th minute to secure a District 5 tie.

The Challengers (3-2-1, 3-1-1 Dist. 5) had numerous scoring chances go awry with shots over the crossbar or wide against Pacific/Bandon (3-3-1, 3-2-1).

Ethan Hoffman earned the assist on Fretz’s goal, while Josh Engdahl got behind the defense in the 23rd minute for a goal and Noah Figueroa scored on a penalty kick in the 46th minute for Pacific/Bandon.

ROGUE RIVER 9, ILLINOIS VALLEY 1: At Cave Junction, senior Gavin Decker and freshman Garren Decker each scored three goals for Rogue River, which led 5-0 at halftime in the District 5 affair.

Sebastian Poston tallied twice for the Chieftains (7-0, 5-0 Dist. 5) and Thiago Veloso had a goal against Illinois Valley (0-6-1, 0-4-1).