PREP SOCCER: South plays to stalemate with Summit
A game that was originally scheduled for earlier in the season and later postponed to Saturday turned out to be a blessing for the South Medford girls soccer team.
The Panthers were in mid-season form against Summit in a 0-0 tie at Spiegelberg Stadium, and it gave them a chance to see where they stack up against a Storm team that will all but certainly be in the 6A playoffs.
“It was just a great battle,” South Medford head coach Dave Potter said. “It had the look of a state tournament match and it was a whole lot of fun to play.”
Both teams had a fair share of opportunities — South had seven shots on goal to Summit’s five — but the game’s final scoreline was indicative of the strong defensive battle between the two sides.
For South (5-3-1), its defensive line was organized by Drew Hampson, Tyler Hampson, Lexie Clark, Natalie Scheuneman and Makayla Peterson, with goalkeeper Eve Lynx recording a clean sheet that included three saves.
Also making an impact in the midfield was Isabelle Cruz, who played a critical role in her positioning, which helped to string together sequences of passes for the Panthers.
Less than 24 hours earlier, South pulled out a 2-1 win at Grants Pass that came down to a game-winning goal from Brooke Fairbanks in the final three minutes. Though Potter said he was concerned the team could have tired legs going into the game against Summit (4-1-4), the Panthers didn’t let it show.
“As tired as they may have been, it was the most intelligent match we have played from beginning to end,” Potter said. “They never played reactionary soccer, they played with their minds focused and their eyes up.”
ASHLAND 1, NORTH EUGENE 1: At Ashland, senior Luna Wilhelm scored in the 30th minute off an assist from Ini Hammond and Ashland remained unbeaten with the Midwestern League tie.
Zadi Burke collected eight saves to boost the Grizzlies (6-0-4, 4-0-1 MWL), who were outshot 17-4 by North Eugene (6-0-2, 1-0-2) but no worse for the wear.
North Eugene’s lone goal came after a corner kick bounced around in front of the goal before finally being poked into the net.
LA PINE 3, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 1: Cascade Christian had an advantage in possession and shots on goal but La Pine made the most of its limited opportunities to come away with a win at U.S. Cellular.
Cascade Christian (0-7) tied the match in the 25th minute on a goal from Bella Williams, with an assist to Katie Erno.
La Pine (3-6-1) broke the stalemate with two chip-shot goals in the second half.
Erno recorded eight shots and the Challengers had 14 overall.
NORTH MEDFORD 4, SHELDON 1: At Eugene, behind a hat trick from senior Ulysses Gomez, North Medford took care of business on the road for a Southwest Conference win.
Gomez got the Black Tornado (4-4-1, 2-2-1 SWC) on the board seven minutes into the game by taking the ball away from a Sheldon defender and putting a shot through the net. North led 2-0 at halftime after senior Daniel Ortiz played a strong ball through to senior William Gillock for the score.
Gomez got his second goal 10 minutes into the second half, then drew a foul inside the box and took the ensuing penalty to clinch the hat trick.
Jeffrey Cruz and Jesus Duarte also turned in quality performances for North.
Sheldon’s Dom Graziano scored for Sheldon (2-6, 1-4).
ASHLAND 4, NORTH EUGENE 1: A birthday gift for Ashland senior Davidson Graham came in the form of two goals and a Midwestern League win for the Grizzlies at home against North Eugene.
On his 18th birthday, Graham gave Ashland a quick lead with a rebound goal in the second minute and later added the clinching goal in the second half on an unassisted, left-footed shot.
Ashland (4-3-1, 3-2 MWL) led 2-0 at halftime with goals from Graham and Pedro Guimaraes.
In the 58th minute, Luke Reddish scored off an assist by Guimaraes to give Ashland a 3-0 lead.
Nathaniel Rivera scored for North Eugene (0-6-3, 0-2-1) on a penalty kick after Ashland committed a foul in the box.
Ashland’s Mina Scheppmann played solid at goalkeeper in a relief effort following the foul, and also played well in the field at fullback.
ST. MARY’S 10, LAKEVIEW 6: At Lakeview, St. Mary’s sophomore Chris Kranenburg joined elite company with six goals to help the Crusaders outlast Lakeview in a wide-open Far West League match.
According to Oregon School Activities Association records, seven goals is the single-game scoring record in state boys soccer history, which three players — Delphian’s Sergio Ruiz, Brookings-Harbor’s Luke Beamon and Taft’s Edson Fuentes — each accomplished once.
Six goals have been scored in a game on eight occasions, including twice by Rogue River’s Gavin Decker during the 2016 season. The most recent occasion came Sept. 16 when North Medford’s William Gillock scored all of his team’s goals in a 6-1 win over Crater.
Sophomore Leo Cronk added three goals and Yejun Choi scored once for St. Mary’s (4-3, 3-0 FWL), which led 5-2 at halftime. Davis Jones made five saves for the Crusaders.
Victor Mena and Jesus Moreno each scored three goals for Lakeview (1-3, 1-2).