North Medford rallies late to tie South Eugene
North Medford battled back from a two-goal deficit in the second half to tie visiting South Eugene, 3-3, in Southwest Conference boys soccer Tuesday.
The Black Tornado trailed 3-1 after the Axe scored in the 52nd minute, then rallied with two goals in a six-minute span.
North Medford is 3-3-1 overall and 1-2-1 in league, and coach Xavier Valdez was pleased with the comeback, the team’s second straight strong showing.
“Our team has turned the corner,” he said. “Since we played Roseburg, we have a different style of play. It’s more of a possession game, and that has proven very effective for us. South Eugene is doing a lot of the same thing. I think the boys are starting to believe in themselves more now.”
Robert Valencia put North Medford on the board in the 20th minute, with an assist from Jeremiah Martinez. The Axe tied it 10 minutes later, making it 1-1 at halftime.
After consecutive South Eugene goals in the 44th and 50th minutes, Martinez chipped a 40-yard shot over the Axe goalie to pull the Black Tornado within 3-2.
In the 75th, a foul in the box by South Eugene set up Braden Byrd for a penalty kick, which he converted.
South Eugene is if 4-1-3 overall and 3-0-1 in the SWC.
SOUTH MEDFORD 3, ROSEBURG 0: At Roseburg, South Medford midfielder Kam Calhoun scored in the 71st and 79th minutes to even the Panthers Southwest Conference record at 2-2 (5-3 overall).
For his second goal, Calhoun took a loose ball and dribbled it through Indian defenders and bested the Roseburg goalkeeper one-on-one.
After a scoreless first half, South Medford switched to 4-3-3 alignment and Ricky Esparza scored the first goal of the match off a deflection in the Indians’ box. Behind the play of Calhoun and Peyton Terry, the Panther defensive backfield stymied Roseburg.
CRATER 7, MILO ACADEMY 1: At Central Point, Jayden Vranes had a hat trick to lead the Comets’ nonconference victory.
Crater improved to 3-6 overall as Diego Estrada added two goals, including an impressive header off a corner kick.
Logan Ball and Abraham Hull tallied the Comets’ other two goals, and Estrada had two assists, as did Spencer Higginson.
SOUTH MEDFORD 2, ROSEBURG 0: South Medford won its second match of the season, taking the Southwest Conference contest with a goal in each half.
The Panthers (2-5-1, 2-2 SWC) got a score from Alyssa Brown at 26:50, with an assist from Emily Ingledew.
With less than two minutes to play, centerback Mikayla Titus won the ball, dribbled up the middle of the field and scored from just outside the 18.
Brown, a forward, and Morgan Burke had strong games for South Medford.
Roseburg is 2-6 and 0-4.
SHELDON 4, GRANTS PASS 1: At Grants Pass, Sheldon captured the Southwest Conference match, dropping Grants Pass to 2-4-2 overall and 1-3 in league.
Casey Park scored the Cavers’ goal in the 31st minute.
The Irish (5-2-1, 3-1 SWC) led 2-1 at halftime.