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Roseburg boys edge North Medford

North Medford had its worst defensive outing of the season in losing a Southwest Conference match to visiting Roseburg.

The Black Tornado (6-3-3, 6-2-2 SWC) had let in a total of just nine goals prior to the match, but was unable to bottle up the Indians (6-5-2, 4-5-2), whom they defeated 2-1 in the teams’ first meeting this season.

“It was pretty painful,” North coach Michael Belzberg said. “I think today was a letdown.”

Caleb Forte netted a pair of goals for North, including the equalizer in the second half, which tied it 4-4.

But in a match that saw four lead changes, Roseburg notched the final score with about 25 minutes remaining in the second half, converting a breakaway opportunity.

The Tornado had a good scoring chance late in the match when Luis Cerna found Forte for a clean shot on goal, but Forte played it wide.

Heriberto Gallegos converted a diving header in the opening five minutes to give North a 1-0 lead, but Roseburg scored the next two goals to go ahead.

Aidan Winters assisted on Forte’s goal in the first half, which tied it 2-2, and Winters scored the following goal unassisted to put North on top 3-2.

Roseburg rallied to tie it 3-3 at halftime, then took advantage of a bad clearance to go ahead 4-3 early in the second half.

“We played really well offensively,” Belzberg said. “Defensively, we just laid an egg.”

SOUTH MEDFORD 2, GRANTS PASS 2: At Grants Pass, South Medford came from behind twice to gain the Southwest Conference tie at Mel Ingram Field.

Mark Anguiano headed in Enrique Tovar’s free kick in the 73rd minute to square the game at 2-all.

Grants Pass (7-2-3, 6-1-4 SWC) led 1-0 at halftime on Mitchell Wagerle’s goal on a counter attack in the 25th minute.

The Panthers (2-9-1, 2-8-1) tallied in the 45th minute to tie the game on a header by Justice Evans off Danny Cavenaugh’s crossing pass.

The Cavemen took a 2-1 lead on a Panthers’ own goal in the 71st minute.

South Medford’s defensive line played a strong game, and freshman goalie Jud Pannell made some key saves.

ASHLAND 7, CRATER 1: At Central Point, Ashland scored seven goals unanswered to win the Midwestern League match over Crater.

Scott Gustafson had back-to-back goals in the first half for the Grizzlies (10-1-2, 6-0 MWL), who led 4-0 at halftime.

Also for Ashland, Sam Inada had a goal and an assist, Jahnoi Hall had a pair of assists, Ben Lucero, Declan Hinkley, Joseph Wallner-Sentle and Kip Parowski scored one goal apiece and Jaxson Witters, Jade Boucher and Joe Holden each had an assist.

Crater, which celebrated senior night, avoided the shutout when a pair of seniors, Ben Cranston and Parker Bryant, connected for a goal in the 60th minute. Bryant launched a corner kick in front of the net to Cranston, who headed the ball into the back of the net.

Also for the Comets (2-8-1, 0-5), keeper Joaquin Valle had 14 saves and did an excellent job of keeping his composure while facing 30-plus shots on goal, Crater coach Fernando Juarez said.


NORTH MEDFORD 3, ROSEBURG 0: At Roseburg, North Medford scored all three goals in the first half of the Southwest Conference road game.

The Black Tornado (2-8-1, 2-7-1 SWC) took a 1-0 lead in the 16th minute when Sage Travis took a pass from Jazzlynn Ross and scored from the top of the 18-yard box.

About six minutes later, North struck again on a combination from Madison Morgan to Taylor Denn to Jaida Ross, who buried a shot from close in.

Rylee Karrick’s unassisted goal completed the scoring in the 34th minute.

Sophomore Brooklyn Snow played a key role in North’s defensive effort, and Kayla Seney came off the bench to apply pressure up front for the Black Tornado

Goalkeeper Brinley O’Neill stopped six Roseburg (0-10-2, 0-9-2) shots to register the shutout.

SOUTH MEDFORD 2, GRANTS PASS 1: Hayle Mehl and Whitney Winans scored first-half goals for South Medford in the Southwest Conference home victory.

Mehl booted a shot from about 30 yards out into the top right corner about midway through the first period.

Winans scored on a header off Maddy Pinada’s corner kick.

Grants Pass (3-7-2, 2-7-1 SWC) tallied on a free kick from about 35 yards near the end of the first half.

Baylee Smith and Mikayla Titus were active on the defensive end for South Medford (7-3-3, 6-2-3).

ASHLAND 9, CRATER 2: At Ashland, Grizzlies star senior Mya Elder Hammond racked up four goals and three assists and fellow senior Liv West dished out four assists as Ashland scored six goals in the first half en route to a convincing win in Midwestern League girls soccer action.

The victory moved Ashland (9-2-1, 5-1 MWL) into second place in the league standings with one game to go Saturday at third-place Marist (4-1 MWL). McKenna Gugliotta scored both goals for Crater (2-8, 0-5), which saw its 5A play-in hopes take another hit. But the Comets’ fate will be determined by their final two league games against fifth-place Thurston and seventh-place Eagle Point, as the top six teams from the MWL advance to the play-in round.

Hunter Ironside assisted on the Comets’ first goal, in the seventh minute, to tie the game at 1-all, but Ashland came right back with goals in the 10th and 15th minutes to regain control and was never threatened again.

Barritt Reynolds, Ginny Cotton and Karis Lee also scored goals for Ashland, which has won six of its last seven games.

Makiah Palmer assisted on Crater’s second goal and Comets keeper Lauren Noyes had 29 saves.