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BEND — Held scoreless in South Medford's opening two games, senior Megan Kapp broke out in a big way Saturday with a hat trick to help the Panthers pull off a 4-0 nonleague win in girls soccer at Mountain View.
"She was very lively today — very aggressive — and she had a few more chances than even the ones she scored," said South Medford head coach Chris Hollewijn, "but anytime a player gets three goals, as a coach you're very happy with that."
Kapp opened the scoring in the 25th minute on a fine setup by sophomore Brittany Jensen, who headed the ball over to her teammate from just inside the box.
Jensen scored in the 30th minute on a nice through ball to help South (2-1) take a 2-0 lead into halftime, then Kapp closed out the scoring with a pair of goals in the 70th and 73rd minutes.
Lindsey Namanny earned the shutout in goal and was spelled at the end of the match by freshman McKenzie Kapp.
BEND 5, NORTH MEDFORD 2 — At Bend, Sarah Thomas and Amanda Hisey both scored for North Medford in the first half, but the Black Tornado couldn't keep up with Bend in the second half of a physical nonconference game.
Thomas deflected in a loose ball only two minutes into the contest to give the Tornado (0-2) the early lead. Morgan Barry was credited with the assist.
After Bend came back to tie the game moments later then took the lead in the 12th, Hisey countered for North on an unassisted effort off a breakaway.
Bend's Shawni Wall scored what proved to be the game-winning goal in the 32nd minute, and the Lava Bears (2-0) added two insurance goals in the second half.
- THURSTON 7, CRATER 0 — At Springfield, Crater suffered its second consecutive loss by the same score to open the season.
- KLAMATH UNION 3, ASHLAND 2 — At Klamath Falls, it was a game of missed opportunities for Ashland, which scored two second half goals after trailing 3-0 at halftime in the season opener.
Montana Pindell converted a penalty kick after midfielder Sadie Bailey was taken down in the box in the 67th minute.
About 10 minutes later, Faci Graham scored on an assist from Jessica Harrower.
- BROOKINGS-HARBOR 4, PHOENIX 1 — At Brookings, Lily Wilson scored an unassisted goal midway through the first half for Phoenix (1-2), but Brookings-Harbor responded with four second-half goals in the nonleague contest.
- ILLINOIS VALLEY 4, SOUTH UMPQUA 0 — At Myrtle Creek, Amanda Brooks registered a hat trick in the first half and assisted on the fourth goal to lead Illinois Valley (2-0).
Brooks scored unassisted goals in the third and 31st minutes and tallied off an assist by Aina Heise in the 19th minute. Her assist came in the 46th minute on a goal by Kenndra Ferry.
Chawna Crawford picked up the shutout in goal.
SHELDON 1, ROSEBURG 0 — At Eugene, Ashley Osborne scored the game's only goal in the 58th minute in the season opener for Roseburg.
Roseburg junior goalie Mariessa Robles stopped 11 shots and sophomore midfielder Claire Ibarra helped key the Indians, who had five shots on goal.