PREP ROUNDUP: Late rally carries North past Roseburg
North Medford scored three goals in the final eight minutes to break open a close boys soccer match and defeat Roseburg, 4-1, at North Medford High on Friday.
The two teams played more than half the game in a 1-1 stalemate before the Black Tornado seniors took over.
“We were zigging when we were supposed to be zagging,” said North Medford coach Michael Belzberg of the scoring drought. “We had a lot of chances, we just couldn’t seem to find the net. Our rhythm was off. I put a couple seniors in and said, ‘Hey, this is your season. If you want to try to win the conference, it’s on you guys.’ And they kind of stepped up.”
Senior Gustavo Lara crossed to classmate Braden Byrd for a one-touch score in the 72nd minute to put the Black Tornado (4-1) up, 2-1.
Lara then scored goals in the 77th and 79th minutes. The first came on a nice lay-off by freshman Koby Ibarra, and the second came from 40 yards out when Roseburg (1-4) pulled its goalie.
The Indians scored first in the 25th minute, and North Medford followed five minutes later when Byrd passed to Robert Valencia, who dumped it off to Ulysses Gomez for the goal.
ASHLAND 0, EAGLE POINT 0: At Ashland, a stalemate was the result of strong defensive play by both teams.
Ashland’s defensive effort was anchored by a backline and midfield combination of Rio Giancarlo, Michael Holden, Noah Aguilar and Carson Pindell. Goalkeeper Gabe Giancarlo registered five saves for the Grizzlies (4-1-1).
Eagle Point’s record moved to 3-1-1.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 5, ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST 1: Jonny McCoy scored three goals and added an assist to lead Cascde Christian at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
McCoy scored in the second minute with an assist from Levi Marincus, and in the 24th minute off a pass from Levi Sciapiti. His scores were sandwiched around a goal in the fourth minute by Marincus, who headed in a cross from Sciapiti.
The halftime score was 3-1. RVA (1-2-2) scored in the 16th minute.
The Challangers (4-0) struck quickly in the second, McCoy scoring off a Marincus pass, and Marincus breaking away for a tally after a pass from McCoy. The goals came in the first two minutes after intermission.
Cascade Christian outshot RVA, 24-6.
SOUTH MEDFORD 7, CRATER 0: Isabelle Cruz played a part in South Medford’s three goals in the first 10 minutes as the host Panthers topped Crater.
Cruz assisted on Rainie Dabbs’ goal in the second minute before finding the back of the net on her own three minutes later. The junior assisted again on Mariah Delgado-Hachee’s score at the 10-minute mark.
After protecting the goal in the first half, Jaeda Boutwell played in the field in the second half and registered two assists.
Dabbs also had an assist while Alyssa Brown, Brooke Fairbanks, Bella Bottero and Lexie Clark also scored for the Panthers (7-0).
The Comets’ record dropped to 3-2-1.
ASHLAND 8, EAGLE POINT 1: At Eagle Point, Ashland sophomore Bri Gibbs scored four goals — including a first-half hat trick — to lead the Grizzlies’ attack in a blowout win over Eagle Point.
Ashland sophomore midfielder Ini Hammond scored the Grizzlies’ first goal of the game in the 18th minute and had four assists.
Luna Wilhelm, Yuki Sabo and Emmeline Clark also scored goals for the Grizzlies, who improved to 3-1 with the win. Sabo and Jane Cruce both recorded two assists.
Eagle Point fell to 0-5.
ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST 3, PHOENIX 2: Class 1A Rogue Valley Adventist recorded an impressive victory when the Red Tail Hawks rallied from 2-0 deficit to defeat 4A Phoenix, 23-25, 23-25, 25-14, 25-19, 15-13 in the RVA gym.
The win gives the Red Tails Hawks a 9-1 record with triumphs over 4A, 3A and 2A schools. Phoenix dropped to 1-6.
Emma Bischoff notched 19 kills and eight blocks for RVA, and Destinee Quattrocelli racked up 29 assists and nine digs. Michaela Porter had eight kills and seven digs and Juliet Quave five service aces.