PREP SOCCER: Panther boys fall prey to Irish
EUGENE — South Medford fell prey to an opportunistic Sheldon squad Saturday in Southwest Conference boys soccer action, with the host Irish making the most of their limited chances to eke out a 2-1 victory.
Sheldon (2-4, 1-1 SWC) scored on a penalty kick in the sixth minute by Christian Ramirez and a breakaway in the 72nd minute by Jake Nash to upend the Panthers (3-2, 1-2).
“We had a lot of scoring opportunities,” said South coach Claudio Villa. “We outshot them probably 20-2, they only had the penalty kick and the breakaway. Unfortunately our maturity is still lacking being so young, but we’ve got to score when we get those chances.”
Sophomore Felix Valenzuela scored South’s lone goal in the 38th minute to tie the match off an assist by junior Alex Rodriguez.
ASHLAND 2, THURSTON 0: At Ashland, Davidson Graham and Luke Reddish provided a lethal combination and Ashland’s defensive back line was steadfast throughout in the Midwestern League win.
Reddish set up Graham on a combination play for Ashland’s first goal in the 14th minute, then supplied a mirror image in the 19th for the Grizzlies (3-2, 2-1 MWL).
Mina Scheppmann made four saves and was aided by defenders Cedric Huston, Gabriel Hernandez, Lucas Poareo Davidson and Theron Patridge to post a clean sheet. Mario Jacobson also had a solid effort for Ashland.
CRATER 4, NORTH EUGENE 2: At Eugene, Crater junior goalkeeper Diego Estrada highlighted the Comets’ first win with a 60-yard free kick goal with just three seconds left in the first half that sparked them into a spirited second half of play.
North Eugene’s Owen Parker scored on a penalty kick at 10:14 in the first half before Estrada evened the match.
Crater (1-4, 1-1 MWL) scored three goals in the second half to pull away, with Ben Plankenhorn scoring on an assist from Cooper Hopkins and then Hopkins finishing a corner kick by Plankenhorn three minutes later in the 48th minute.
After a breakaway goal by Nathaniel Rivera, Crater regained its cushion with Plankenhorn’s second goal in the 72nd minute off a long kick upfield by Carson Le Bel.
SPRINGFIELD 2, EAGLE POINT 1: At Springfield, Eagle Point senior Mathew Angel tied the match on a penalty kick in the 25th minute but Springfield took advantage of an opportunity with two minutes to play and saw Jacobo Contreras Benitez post the game-winner.
After an even first half that saw Springfield (4-2-1, 2-0 MWL) open the scoring on a breakaway effort, the Eagles (1-3, 1-1) controlled play in the second half but were unable to capitalize on the scoreboard.
SOUTH MEDFORD 3, SHELDON 1: Host South Medford showed good composure after going down 1-0 in the eighth minute of the Southwest Conference clash on a goal by Sheldon’s Emma Johnston.
The Panthers (2-3, 2-1 SWC) tallied all three of their goals in the second half, with Brooke Fairbanks breaking the ice in the 47th minute after receiving a pass from Isabelle Cruz and cutting through the defense.
Fairbanks put her team ahead in the 71st on a heady play that saw her first-touch a ricocheted ball in the box. The sophomore then combined with Mali Malaythong in the 78th minute to work the ball upfield before sliding a pass to Bella Bottero for the final tally.
After the early strike by Sheldon (1-4, 1-1), Eve Lynx stood up well for South in goal and got solid support from center midfielder Alexandra Maukonen.
ROSEBURG 4, NORTH MEDFORD 1: At Roseburg, North Medford freshman Olivia Boger scored off an assist from Malisa Kuitert early in the second half to trim the Black Tornado’s deficit to 2-1, but Roseburg scored twice in the final 15 minutes to earn the SWC win.
Roseburg (2-3-1, 1-1 SWC) opened with more intensity and netted two goals in the first 10 minutes to put North Medford (3-2, 1-1) on its heels early.
ASHLAND 2, THURSTON 1: At Ashland, junior Ini Hammond played a role in two Ashland goals within a one-minute span and senior goalkeeper Zadi Burke did her part to make that lead hold up in a MWL matchup.
Hammond scored on a penalty kick in the 16th minute for the Grizzlies (3-0-3, 3-0 MWL), then earned an assist on what proved to be the game-winning goal by Emmeline Clark one minute later.
Thurston scored on a long direct kick late in the first half but Burke finished with eight saves, most coming in the second half, and was supported by strong defensive play from Chloe Holzshu.
NORTH EUGENE 2, CRATER 0: At Eugene, Crater senior goalkeeper Fallon Campbell came up with five saves and was aided by a strong effort from the defensive back line that included Kayleigh Gugliotta and Mia Tewes in the MWL contest.
North Eugene (6-0, 1-0 MWL) scored off a set piece on a corner kick in the 28th minute and sealed the win with a goal by Ashley Hart in the 69th.
Addison Vranes and Kelsey Sakraida also provided solid efforts for the Comets (0-3-2, 0-1-1).
ST. MARY’S 5, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 0: St. Mary’s sophomore Elise Fernandes registered a hat trick and the Crusaders limited Cascade Christian’s scoring opportunities to earn the Far West League victory at U.S Cellular Community Park.
Fernandes scored on an unassisted chip shot in the 10th minute and then added another goal in the 31st off an assist by Ryker Rothfus, who tallied her own goal in the 39th minute via a through ball from Bella Mussio.
St. Mary’s (2-4, 1-0 FWL) expanded that 3-0 halftime lead early in the second half when Fernandes netted her third goal with an assist by Abby Kirkpatrick.
Brennan Gangnes created the final goal against the Challengers (0-6, 0-1) when her dangerous cross deflected off a defender in a scrum and into the goal.