Boys Soccer: Eagles thrash Lancers
EUGENE Something had to give Saturday afternoon as Eagle Point’s boys soccer team entered a Midwestern League clash against Churchill with the most goals scored at the Class 5A level this season while the Lancers stood as the team with the least goals allowed thus far.
Turns out it wasn’t the Eagles.
Eagle Point earned a pivotal MWL triumph by netting three goals in the opening 27 minutes en route to a 4-1 road triumph that even caught head coach Matt Soper by surprise.
“I didn’t know what to expect because Churchill is a good, solid team and had only given up two goals all season,” said Sopeer, whose team entered with 48 goals scored, “but we came out of the gate on fire. It was a huge win for us.”
Freshman Mathew Angel got everything going for Eagle Point (7-2-2, 3-1-2 MWL) with a successful penalty kick in the eighth minute, then offered up a through ball from 20 yards out to set up a goal by junior Martin Hernandez in the 15th minute.
In the 27th minute, Angel notched his second assist in similar fashion, with junior Jaydyn Budrow converting to make it 3-0.
Churchill was able to trim its deficit with a goal in the 36th minute by Isaias Monjaras, but EP goalkeeper Giovanni Rodriguez and his defense kept the Lancers (7-2-2, 3-2) at bay thereafter.
Eagle Point tacked on an unassisted goal by Hernandez in the 38th minute to cap its first-half flurry.
Both teams entered the match in the top 10 of the 5A state power rankings, with Churchill at No. 7 and the Eagles at No. 10.
SOUTH MEDFORD 4, SHELDON 0: After a scoreless first half, South Medford used a big boost from junior Kam Calhoun to secure the Southwest Conference victory on its home field.
Calhoun assisted on three goals and scored one as well to propel the Panthers (6-2-3, 4-2-2 SWC).
Angus Stringer scored off a Calhoun assist in the 45th minute, and Calhoun followed up for a rebound goal after a shot by Petyon Terry in the 55th minute. Calhoun then added assists to Joel Izaguirre in the 70th minute and Mark Anguiano in the 77th to round out the scoring against Sheldon (0-9-3, 0-7-1), with Jude Pannel earning the shutout in goal.
Sheldon goalkeeper Jose Zavalza stopped a penalty kick in the 73rd minute and was tested throughout as the Panthers outshot the Irish 12-2.
ROSEBURG 2, NORTH MEDFORD 1: At Roseburg, Jayden Bangs scored his first two goals of the season, including the game-winner in the 75th minute as Roseburg pulled out the Southwest Conference barn-burner.
For North Medford (5-5-1, 5-2-1 SWC), Heriberto Gallegos scored an equalizer in the 34th minute, connecting off an assist by Scott Bowman.
Bangs scored his first goal for Roseburg (5-6-1, 4-4) in the 23rd.
SOUTH EUGENE 2, GRANTS PASS 0: At Eugene, South Eugene remained unbeaten in Southwest Conference play with its second straight shutout, moving to 10-1-1 overall and 8-0 in SWC play.
Grants Pass dropped to 1-9-1 and 1-7 in league.
ASHLAND 2, NORTH EUGENE 0: At Ashland, senior co-captain Trevor Fulton tallied his first goal of the season and anchored the defense after that for Ashland as it remained unbeaten in its last seven games with the Midwestern League win.
Fulton followed up a shot by junior co-captain Scott Gustafson in the 21st minute to give the Grizzlies (6-2-2, 4-0-1 MWL) a 1-0 lead at halftime.
In the 60th minute, Sam Austin’s low shot just caught the fingers of North Eugene’s goalkeeper but Kona Makai was there for a follow-up goal of his own.
Gabriel Giancarlo had four saves against North Eugene (3-6-2, 1-2-2), while Ashland got solid play from Noah Aguilar, Zander Huston and Cedric Huston.
ST. MARY’S 11, ROGUE RIVER 1: Milan Bobek scored three goals to help power St. Mary’s toa runaway win in District 5 action at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
William Kranenburg and Luka Cvijanovic each added two goals for the Crusaders (11-0-1, 11-0 Dist. 5), one in each half against Rogue River (8-4, 7-4).
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 4, CANYONVILLE ACADEMY 2: At Canyonville, Cascade Christian sophomore Jonathan McCoy scored three goals to lead the Challengers to their fifth straight win in a District 5 triumph at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
Senior Jorge Gutierrez also scored on a penalty kick for Cascade Christian (9-1-1, 9-1-1 Dist. 5).
Fred Samana and Juan Ruiz scored for Canyonville Academy (2-8-2, 2-7-2).