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North Medford and St. Mary's put on quite a display in girls soccer Saturday afternoon, with the Black Tornado weighing in last for a 3-2 triumph at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
The Class 3A Crusaders held a 2-1 advantage deep into the second half before North Medford's Sydney Thomas took over, setting up goals by Halley Folsom in the 68th minute and Amanda Hisey in the 77th to secure a hard-fought nonconference victory.
"It was just an outstanding match up and down the field with high energy on both sides," said St. Mary's head coach Dave Potter. "Each and every one of the goals that was scored were just clinical. They were beautiful goals, all five of them in the match."
St. Mary's (2-1-2) opened the scoring against the 6A Tornado with a goal by Lilli Knudsen in the 10th minute off a throw-in by Rachel Raniele.
North Medford (1-2) answered in the 13th minute when Hayley Petersen got the ball to Kimmy Parker and the senior weaved through a handful of defenders to net the tiebreaker.
In the 48th minute, St. Mary's freshman Emily Elmore regained momentum for her team with a confidence-building goal off an assist by Taylor Holton.
The Crusaders showed good composure over the next 20 minutes to maintain the lead but Thomas made a fine move deep in St. Mary's territory, spinning around a defender and then connecting on crisp cross to the near post that Folsom tucked away with a flick-on header to tie it at 2-all.
In the 77th minute, Thomas stole the ball around midfield, carried it quickly down the field and sent a low cross to the far post that Hisey ran onto for a one-touch goal just barely ahead of a Crusader defender.
North Medford received considerable defensive support from senior Ashlee McFall, while St. Mary's was also led by central defender McKenna Barnum and defensive midfielder Mikenna Conway.
SOUTHRIDGE 5, ROSEBURG 1 — At Beaverton, Taylyn McNamara scored the lone goal for injury-riddled Roseburg, converting in the 13th minute to knot the score at 1-all.
Andie Giles scored what proved to be the winning goal in the 20th minute. Giles also had Southridge's first goal.
The winless Indians (0-3) trailed 4-1 at halftime.
ASHLAND 4, SPRINGFIELD 1 — At Springfield, Jessy Harrower scored two goals and Sadie Bailey added a goal and an assist to propel Ashland to its first victory of the season.
Sophonie Graham provided the Grizzlies (1-2) the initial lead with a header in the 33rd minute and Harrower converted a through ball from Faci Graham about four minutes later.
Springfield scored the first goal of the second half on a free kick from 23 yards out by Taylor Suttles.
The Grizzlies cemented the victory with goals late in the game from Bailey and Harrower.
Ashland exhibited a tight defense and Aspen Wolff and Sophonie Graham split time in net.
HIDDEN VALLEY 3, NORTH BEND 0 — At Murphy, Stephanie Lindsay had a goal and an assist to lead Hidden Valley to the nonleague win.
Lindsay scored in the sixth minute off an assist by Emily Murphy, then set up Cedar Wilkening's goal 14 minutes into second-half play to cap the scoring.
Cashley Long's goal came off an assist by Katelyn Lambert in the 36th minute, and Morgan Hansen pitched the shutout in goal for the Mustangs (2-1).
GRANTS PASS 2, PHOENIX 1 — At Grants Pass, Ezequiel Flores scored on a rebound effort from a Johnny Esqueda shot in the 75th minute but Phoenix couldn't net an equalizer in the nonleague game at Mel Ingram Field.
Grants Pass (3-0) struck in the opening minute when Noah Heisser gathered a loose ball in the box after the Cavemen had taken a long shot. Trenton Anderson's goal in the 50th minute put GP up 2-0.
The Class 6A Cavemen had a 12-6 edge in shots on goal against the 4A Pirates (1-1-1).
MAZAMA 5, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 2 — At Klamath Falls, Cascade Christian got goals from Jake Booker and Allan Garcia to key a second-half surge in the nonleague game.
Mazama led 4-0 at halftime but Booker scored in the 51st minute after Jace Artale split the defense with a pass. Garcia's goal came in the 62nd minute for the Challengers (0-2) after a long setup punt by goalkeeper Christian Macpherson.