PREP ROUNDUP: North boys open with shutout win
North Medford began the boys soccer season by atoning for a couple losses last season.
The Black Tornado scored two second-half goals and defeated visiting Grants Pass, 2-0, in its season opener at Bowerman Field Friday.
“Grants Pass is a pretty formidable team,” said North Medford coach Michael Belzberg. “Last year, they beat us twice. This shows pretty good recovery, and we’ve gotten stronger, so that’s good.”
Senior Robert Valencia scored the game’s first goal in the 55th minute. North Medford senior Braden Byrd sent a cross to freshman Koby Ibarra, who headed it to Valencia at the top of the 18-yard box for his shot.
In the final eight minutes, Byrd fired a shot that was mishandled by the Caveman goalie, and freshman Eric Nunez cleaned it up for the score.
Sophomore Masen Stanton played well in goal for North Medford, making six saves.
“He kept us clean,” said Belzberg. “He just played really well tonight.”
ROSEBURG 1, CRATER 0: At Roseburg, after surrendering an early first-half goal, Crater played well defensively but was unable to capitalize on its opportunities in Roseburg territory.
Goalkeeper Diego Estrada gave up the early goal but made three first-half saves and another in the second half for the Comets (0-2).
CRATER 2, ROSEBURG 1: At Central Point, Crater scored a goal 13 minutes into each of the first and second halves en route to the victory, its second in as many matches.
In the 13th minute, junior Kayliegh Gugliotta made a perfectly placed shot from 18 yards to a lower corner of the goal. She was set up with a pass by sophomore Joslyn Sizemore.
Roseburg evened the scored with a goal just before halftime.
In the 53rd minute, the Comets tallied the eventual winning score when freshman Addison Vranes was fouled in the box and junior Mia Tewes converted the penalty kick.
Freshman Kelsey Sakraida played a strong game at center back, showing composure and discipline and distributing the ball well, said coach Bryton Kiger.
ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST 3, NORTH LAKE/PLAISLEY 0: Rogue Valley Adventist improved its record to 4-0 with a 25-5, 25-9, 25-17 home victory.
Sophomore Emma Bischoff led RVA with 17 kills, and sophomore Isabell Zamora notched four service aces. Sophomore Michaela Porter recorded team highs with three blocks and four digs.
It was the third sweep of the season for the Red Tail Hawks, who have dropped only one set.