PREP ROUNDUP: McCoy helps propel Challengers to title
ROGUE RIVER — Cascade Christian’s Jonny McCoy has enjoyed many incredible moments during his time with the Challengers boys soccer program, but Wednesday definitely produced something special for the senior and his teammates.
McCoy paved the way for a conference title-clinching victory for the Challengers with four goals and three assists as they romped to an 8-0 victory at Rogue River.
Wednesday’s contest was halted at halftime due to a mercy rule put in place this spring amid COVID-19 protocols.
Two of McCoy’s three assists were to freshmen, Joshua Clark and Nikhil Joseph, and the other was to fellow senior Levi Marincus. Clark returned the favor with an assist on one of McCoy’s four goals.
Senior forward Levi Sciapiti also produced a goal for the Challengers.
Competing in a condensed Class 3A/2A/1A District 5 format, Cascade Christian moved to 6-0 against its local competition this spring and 7-1 overall, with Friday’s season finale against Rogue Valley Adventist set for U.S. Cellular Community Park.
St. Mary’s, at 4-4 overall and 4-2 in league, has only one game remaining and therefore cannot match the Challengers, who won both matches this spring against the Crusaders.
Cascade Christian had been knocking on the door for a conference title for many years, but was never quite able to get over the hump against the likes of St. Mary’s or Canyonville Academy, which was the last team to edge the Crusaders for a league title in 2013.
Canyonville Academy joined Lakeview and Illinois Valley in not fielding teams this spring.
SOUTH MEDFORD 1, EAGLE POINT 1: At Eagle Point, South Medford senior Ricky Esparza scored in the 28th minute off an assist by Alex Rodriguez but host Eagle Point secured an equalizer in the 65th minute by Bryan Munoz Escott to force a tie.
Wemar Cervantes-Kerns had the assist on the goal by Eagle Point, which joined the Panthers in moving to 4-2-2 in the evenly matched contest.
NORTH MEDFORD 2, GRANTS PASS 2: At Grants Pass, North Medford senior Robert Valencia scored a critical equalizer in the second half and the Black Tornado settled in to secure a tie and create an opportunity for a potential league title with a win Saturday against Ashland.
Grants Pass (3-3-2) built one-goal advantages 10 minutes into each half but North Medford (5-1-1) was able to answer each time.
Senior Braden Byrd scored with 30 seconds left in the first half after junior William Gillock occupied a handful of defenders by dribbling through the defense to set up a quality look at the goal by Byrd.
Needing a win or a tie to make Saturday’s match with Ashland (6-1-1) even more meaningful, Valencia was pushed up from his outside back position and found himself on the receiving end of a terrific cross by Gustavo Lara and side-volleyed a shot into the net.
ROSEBURG 3, CRATER 2: At Central Point, Crater sophomore forward Cooper Hopkins scored a pair of goals, but the Comets weren’t able to finish off their second-half comeback bid in a loss to Roseburg at Dutch Meyer Field.
Hopkins scored his first goal in the 22nd minute to tie the game at 1-1. Roseburg (2-6), however, retook the lead all of a minute later on a goal from sophomore Angel Flores.
The Indians extended their lead to 3-1 in the 34th minute, this time through junior midfielder Tyson Bustamante.
The Comets (0-8) cut the deficit to one goal thanks to Hopkins, who unleashed a shot from 20 yards out in the 58th minute to make it 3-2.
SOUTH MEDFORD 4, EAGLE POINT 0: South Medford held visiting Eagle Point scoreless for the first time this season and built a 3-0 halftime lead to remain unbeaten at 7-0-1 overall.
Panther goalkeepers Jaeda Boutwell and Eve Lynx combined to post a clean sheet against the Eagles (0-7-1), who went scoreless in 13 games last season but had notched at least one goal per game in an impressive turnaround this spring.
Senior Rainie Dabbs opened the scoring in the 11th minute after a quick penetrating run through the defense and assist by junior Drew Hampson.
Kate Greene doubled the advantage in the 32nd minute with her first goal coming off a direct kick by Mariah Delgado-Hachee, and it became 3-0 in the 39th minute when Hampson delivered a pass to Bella Bottero and the junior ripped a 30-yard shot into the net.
Dabbs capped the scoring by chipping in a shot following an assist by Carmen Hutchins in the 79th minute.
CRATER 3, ROSEBURG 0: At Roseburg, freshman forward Addison Vranes scored off a long throw-in by Allison Waters with six minutes left in the first half and Crater tacked on a pair of insurance goals in the second half to claim the regular-season finale.
Joslyn Sizemore, a sophomore, scored on a breakaway run seven minutes into the second half for Crater (4-2-2), juking the on-rushing goalkeeper before depositing a shot into the empty goal.
Junior Kayleigh Gugliotta, who had a strong game in the midfield, tacked on the final goal in the 55th minute on a header off a corner kick by Waters.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 4, LAKEVIEW 1: Cascade Christian senior Katelyn Willard scored a pair of goals before an already undermanned Lakeview squad had to call the game due to lack of players in the 74th minute of play at U.S. Cellular.
Lakeview started the game one player down with 10, then lost two to injury in the first half and another late in the second half to necessitate an early end to the contest in the season finale for the Challengers.
Ellie Vanlandingham scored in the 20th minute off a corner kick from Katie Erno for Cascade Christian (3-3-2), then Willard took over with goals in the 41st and 46th minutes. Willard’s first goal came on a breakaway and the second on a deflection off another Erno corner kick.
The game also saw significant stoppage in the first half after goalkeeper Emily Knight suffered a broken nose on a collision with a Lakeview player and had to be replaced by freshman Graycee Dorner.
Zoie Fisher’s breakaway goal in the 56th minute made it 4-0, and Lakeview’s Karlee Vickerman tallied in the 64th minute.
SUTHERLIN 4, ST. MARY’S 2: At Sutherlin, Whitney West’s goal eight minutes into the second half gave St. Mary’s its first lead, but Sutherlin struck for three unanswered goals to claim the comeback victory.
Sutherlin opened the scoring but St. Mary’s tied it on a long free kick by freshman Samantha Gallardo as the two teams went into halftime tied 1-1.
West and fellow sophomore Morgan Dole combined to give the Crusaders (5-2) a 2-1 lead.
Senior forward Jadyn Vermillion scored what proved to be the game-winning goal from the penalty spot for Sutherlin (8-1) in the 52nd minute.
The Bulldogs added a fourth and final goal against the run of play with five minutes remaining.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 3, ST. MARY’S 0: Seniors Anna Farmer and Hannah Stanfield each recorded eight kills to lead a balanced Cascade Christian attack to a straight-set win over St. Mary’s 25-12, 25-14, 25-20, that kept the Challengers unbeaten on the season.
Senior setter Taylor Cave had 23 assists for the 12-0 Challengers. Senior libero Maddi Strain added 12 digs and three aces.
For St. Mary’s, senior Abbie Christman had six aces and two kills, while freshman Emma Johnston recorded a team-high six kills.
Freshman Noelle Thickett added nine assists. Sophomore Montana Driscoll had three aces, while Albie Borovansky finished a team-best six digs.
St. Mary’s finished the regular season at 5-8.
Both teams will take part in a five-team Far West League tournament on Saturday at South Umpqua High School.
RV ADVENTIST SWEEPS: At Gilchrist, Rogue Valley Adventist wrapped up its regular season in dominant fashion, scoring a pair of straight-set victories over Trinity Lutheran and host Gilchrist to take momentum into Friday’s Mountain Valley League tournament.
The Red Tail Hawks (10-2) opened with a 25-14, 25-6, 25-10 win over Trinity Lutheran, then followed with a 25-14, 25-21, 25-12 triumph over Gilchrist.
Emma Bischoff paced RVA with 10 kills and seven aces against Trinity Lutheran while Madelyn Bennett had 12 assists.
Against Gilchrist, Destinee Quatrocelli posted six kills, Isabell Zamora had six aces and Bennett supplied nine assists.