In a must-see match for North Medford to have a shot at reaching the Class 6A men’s football playoffs, the Black Tornado clinched a 5-0 victory over Sheldon on Tuesday.
Seniors Jeffrey Cruz and Ulysses Gomez each scored a pair of goals, and senior William Gillock assisted on two of North’s scores. Sophomore Matt Donavan also scored for the Black Tornado (5-7-2, 2-5-2 Southwest Conference), which took a 2-0 halftime lead over the Irish (2 -12, 1-9).
North’s victory also ended a four-game winless streak in SWC. Knowing that a loss on Tuesday would likely have rebounded the playoff team, North “really wanted to play for this one,” coach Michael Belzberg said.
On Tuesday night, North was ranked 28th in the OSAA standings before being frozen at 10pm. qualify as “at-large” teams. The first round of playoff games will take place on Saturday.
SOUTH EUGENE 3, SOUTH MEDFORD 0: South Eugene scored with his three goals in a six-minute second-half streak and took the road victory over South Medford.
After a scoreless first half, Zac Walker scored in the 46th minute for Ax (12-2, 9-1 SWC), tapping on a loose ball in the box following a cross from Gavin Williamson. Charlie Lacey and Griffin Rea added goals in the 49th and 52nd minutes, respectively, thanks to assists from Whit Schatz.
South Medford finished the regular season with an 8-5-1 overall record, including 5-4-1 in SWC. As one of three SWC automatic qualifiers, in addition to South Eugene and Grants Pass, the Panthers will play in the first round of the 6A playoffs on Saturday. The opponent has not yet been determined.
ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST 8, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0: Behind four goals from junior forward Jordan Melugin and a solid defensive outing, Rogue Valley Adventist
The first half was interrupted by a pair of goals from Melugin, who opened the scoring in the first minute of the game. The Red Tail Hawks held a 5-0 halftime lead.
Junior Ian Cheshire scored two goals for Rogue Valley Adventist (7-2, 4-1 District 5) and added an assist, while senior midfielders Bryce Perry and Alex Wiggers each scored one goal and one assist . Junior David Zamudio added an assist in the second half, the third of Melugin’s four goals.
The team’s center-backs Cody Mendenhal and Josh Nunn anchored the Red Tail Hawks’ defense and helped preserve the shutout.
EAGLE POINT 2, SPRINGFIELD 0: In Springfield, Eagle Point scored two goals in the first half and kept Springfield out of play for the duration of the Midwestern League game.
The Eagles (3-6-1, 2-4-1 MWL) struck in the seventh minute from a corner kick when MaKenna Maldonado gave a free ball to Alondra Cabrera, who scored the goal. Maldonado added a 23rd-minute goal from 12 yards with an assist from Kylie Balero, who also had a significant impact on the Eagles’ defense, in addition to Raegan Hussey.
Eagle Point, which ended a five-game losing streak in the win over Springfield (6-5-1, 2-5-1), will conclude the regular season Thursday night against Thurston.
CRATER 3, NORTH EUGENE 0: At Central Point, Crater closed the regular season with a sweep from MWL opponent North Eugene, 25-17, 25-21, 25-12.
The Comets’ balanced attack was led by Kendra Bittle and Madison Kocina with 13 assists each, while Kate Stidham tallied 27 assists, 13 digs and also served the Comets with a 12-point run in the third set. . Joslyhn Pope led Crater with eight serving aces.
Crater (11-8, 10-6 MWL) is one of 16 teams that advance to the Class 5A playoffs, which begin on Saturday. The opponent of the Comets has not yet been determined.
North Eugene ends the regular season 7-11 overall with a 7-9 MWL record.
MAZAMA 3, CHRISTIAN 2 CASCADE: At Klamath Falls, Cascade Christian held a 2-1 set lead but couldn’t close 4A Mazama in a 25-22, 19-25, 25-22, 21-25, 11-15 loss.
Maddi Carter led the Challengers (11-9) with 20 kills and five aces, Molly Griffin had 38 assists, Ellie Harrington had 29 digs and Maddie Todd had 12 kills and 12 digs.
The game marked Cascade Christian’s second attempt of the season to eliminate the Vikings (19-1), whose only regular-season loss came to South Medford on October 16.
The Challengers, who finished second in the Far West League, will now await their classification for the Class 3A playoffs, which begin on Saturday.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneNorth Medford’s Ulysses Gomez tries to pass the ball around Evan Miranda of Grants Pass during the 2nd half of an Oct. 12 match at Medford.