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Lilli Knudsen celebrated her birthday with a pair of goals and the St. Mary's girls soccer team reveled in its first victory of the season, a 3-0 win over Henley at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
"It's her birthday and (Lilli) should have had a hat trick," said St. Mary's coach Dave Potter. "But she'll take two rather than zero."
After a sluggish start in the first half where the Crusaders clinged to a 1-0 lead, St. Mary's picked up the pace, particularly Knudsen and Emily Frank, who teamed up for two nearly identical goals one minute apart.
At the 66-minute mark, Frank dribbled up the right side and fed Knudsen with an air-tight pass into the box, setting up a power kick by Knudsen which was too much for the outstretched arms of the Hornets' goalkeeper.
It worked once, so Frank tried to get the Hornets (0-1) again on the Crusaders' next possession.
Frank helped put the game away in the 67th minute, taking the ball up the right and hitting Knudsen on another cross in front of the net where she scored on a side volley, giving the keeper no chance to react.
"It was as if you drew lines of both plays, there would be one line on top of the other," said Potter on the similarities of how both plays developed. "They were identical. Emily just delivered the ball to the perfect spot where any defenders couldn't get to the ball."
Emily Alvarez scored for the Crusaders in the 28th minute on an assist from Erika Peterson.
Crusaders goalkeeper Viv Juncal have five saves in her shutout while defender Mikenna Conway played a "steady, intelligent game," according to Potter.
SOUTH MEDFORD 2, SOUTH EUGENE 1 — Erin Riley knocked in the go-ahead goal that completed South Medford's come-from-behind win over South Eugene in a nonconference bout at South Medford High.
During a scramble for the ball inside the box, Riley collected a rebound and deflected her shot attempt off the goalkeeper's leg and into the net at around the 60-minute mark.
South Eugene's 1-0 lead at the intermission lasted just three minutes into the second half when Claire Bock knotted the score 1-all for the Panthers (1-0) with a 12-yard goal on a cross from Megan Kapp.
Panthers goalkeeper Lindsey Namanny made a critical diving, one-handed save that would have given the Axemen (0-1) the lead around 55th minute.
SHELDON 7, CRATER 0 — At Central Point, Crater received an active performance from midfielder Haley Purdy, a sophomore transfer from Montana, in the nonconference match at Anhorn Field.
Sheldon led 4-0 at halftime against an inexperienced Comet team, which started five freshmen.
NORTH VALLEY 8, EAGLE POINT 0 — At Merlin, Kerissa D'Arpino recorded a hat trick for North Valley, which led 4-0 at halftime.
Vanessa D'Arpino and Courtney Durham both had a pair of goals for the Knights (1-0) and Rochelle Banta scored once.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 7, PHOENIX 0 — At Talent, Katelyn Stephens scored a pair of first-half goals and Cheyanne Auchard added a goal and three assists to lead Cascade Christian.
Alex Haug scored in the 15th minute to kick off the scoring, and the Challengers led 3-0 at halftime. Second-half goals were netted by Jillian Emard (46th), freshman Sophia Battiato (55th), freshman Jolee Rivas (67th) and Auchard (71st).
Jessica Weber earned the shutout in goal.
BROOKINGS-HARBOR 4, ROGUE RIVER 0 — At Rogue River, Jade Heredia's goal in the seventh minute was the only first-half score.
Brookings-Harbor outshot Rogue River, 12-4.
The Chieftains (0-1) received a strong defensive effort from sweeper Savannah Poston. Freshman goalie Samantha Mantlo recorded eight saves for Rogue River.