Win over S. Medford keeps S. Eugene soccer team in playoffs

Win over S. Medford keeps S. Eugene soccer team in playoffs
Photos by Trevor Curtis

EUGENE, Ore. - The Axemen of South Eugene High School won a 2-0 victory against the Panthers of South Medford in the Axemen’s second OSAA playoff game at home Tuesday night.

This win awarded the no. 4-ranked Axemen another home field advantage for the state quarterfinals against no. 5-ranked McKay this Saturday, Nov. 9, at South Eugene High School.

Axemen midfielder Cian Cronin began the scoring sequence when the goalkeeper deflected his first shot, but Cronin stuck with the deflected ball, kicking it into the corner of the net in the 22nd minute.

“It’s a battle to the end,” Cronin said. “That’s how every game will be.”

The Axemen finished the first half of the game with a 1-0 lead.

In the 51st minute, Liam Walsh scored the second and final goal of the game with an assist from Kirk Bassett.

“It was a typical playoff game with a lot on the line,” South Eugene coach Jurgen Ruckaberle said. “There was not as much composure as expected, but these boys still played with heart and passion. They were efficient and effective on the field. With our next game as a home field advantage we hope to play harder. We hope to continue to the semi-finals.”

South Medford coach Dave Kaufman said,  “South Eugene is a great team. We are honored to play them. They have a lot more big players than we do. It just wasn’t our year. We hope to see them in the future on the field and continue forth next year.”