BOYS SOCCER: South Medford earns road win at Bend
BEND — South Medford’s boys soccer team bounced back from its first loss of the season in a big way Saturday, scoring twice in each half to dispatch Bend, 4-1, in nonconference action.
Panthers coach Claudio Villa credited his midfielders for doing a good job of possessing the ball, and for the team’s ability to keep pressure on the Lava Bears (0-5) throughout the match.
Senior Severine Warren got South Medford (3-1) off to a good start in the 17th minute after taking a through ball from Kam Calhoun and finding the net.
In the 21st minute, Warren got off a shot outside the 18-yard box that was cleaned up by Joel Izaguirre for a 2-0 advantage that held up through halftime.
South Medford tacked on another goal in the 49th minute when Izaguirre made his way down the right side and sent a cross to Ricky Esparza, who finished from close range.
Esparza added another goal in the 62nd minute before Bend finally cracked the score column in the 78th minute on a free kick by Jesse Guevara.
SUMMIT 6, NORTH MEDFORD 0: At Bend, North Medford had its hands full with Summit, the top-ranked Class 6A team, in nonconference play.
The Storm improved to 4-0-1, the tie coming against Jesuit.
It was North Medford’s first loss after two victories.
ASHLAND 5, NORTH BEND 0: At Ashland, Ashland did all its scoring in the final 22 minutes of the Midwestern League opener.
Five players tallied for the Grizzlies (3-1 overall).
Sam Austin opened the scoring in the 58th minute, assisted by Kona Makai. Makai helped on the next goal, delivering a corner kick to Lucas Poareo Davidson, who finished in the 65th.
Scott Gustafson scored unassisted in the 71st, Mario Jacobson’s through ball found Rio Giancarlo for a goal in the 77th, and Bill Morgan’s penalty kick completed the scoring in the 79th.
Kai Larson played solid defense for the Grizzlies, and right-winger Carson Pindell applied consistent pressure.
SPRINGFIELD 4, CRATER 3: At Springfield, Crater was in control until the final 10 minutes, when Springfield scored twice to deny the Comets in Midwestern League action.
Abraham Hull scored in the eighth minute off an assist by Jayden Vranes to put Crater (2-3, 0-1 MWL) on the board first, and Colton Bryant’s goal in the 31st minute off a pass from Malakai Grant allowed the Comets to take a 2-1 lead into halftime.
It was 2-all in the 53rd minute when Skyler Allen set up Vranes for a go-ahead goal, only to have Springfield counter (2-1-1, 1-0) with goals in the 70th and 76th minutes.
EAGLE POINT 2, THURSTON 0: At Springfield, Eagle Point continued its hot play with the victory in its Midwestern League opener.
The Eagles are 5-1 overall.
Gabriel Compuzano shelled out assists on both Eagle Point goals, the first in the 10th minute by Jaydyn Budrow, and the insurance tally in the 25th minute by Wemar Cervantes-Kerns.
Alex Rodriguez had a couple good chances to score in each half for the Eagles, and goalie Giovanni Rodriguez made three big saves in the first half.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 5, ILLINOIS VALLEY 2: At Cave Junction, a Jonny McCoy hat trick was sandwiched between a pair of goals by JT Knobloch-Scott as Cascade Christian won the District 5 match.
It was the Challengers’ first win after two draws.
Knobloch-Scott scored inside the right post in the 11th minute. McCoy followed in the 17th, on a pass from Cody Reece, and the two hooked up again before halftime.
In the 42nd, McCoy scored on a crisp feed from Brandon Parker. Parker also assisted on Knobloch-Scott’s goal in the 67th.