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South Medford's Brittney Jensen did her best to lift the Panthers past Grants Pass in the Southern Oregon Hybrid girls soccer opener for both teams Tuesday.
Jensen tallied a first-half goal but had another apparent score disallowed midway through the second half, and the two teams settled for a 1-1 tie.
"Brittney was dangerous all night," said Panthers coach Chris Hollewijn, whose South team is 2-1-1 overall. "She had a very good evening. She created a lot of chances."
Jensen scored on a corner kick just eight minutes in, and that lead held up until late in the first half, when the Cavers got on the board on a penalty kick by Shelby Derocher that barely eluded Panthers goalie Lindsey Namanny.
The teams played through a scoreless second half and 20 minutes of overtime.
Jensen put a shot into the back of the net in about the 60th minute, but it was disallowed for what Hollewijn said he assumed was a hand ball.
The call, he said, didn't decide the game.
"We feel like we could have gotten a few more," said Hollewijn. "We need to put the game away when we have the chance. Grants Pass was gritty. It was a good contest. We battled them hard."
The Cavers are 1-1-2 overall.
NORTH MEDFORD 7, ASHLAND 4, OT — At Ashland, North Medford's Amanda Hisey had two goals and an assist and Kimberly Parker knocked in the go-ahead score in overtime in nonleague action.
Parker netted her goal about two minutes into OT with the match tied at 4. Hisey and Morgan Barry scored in the 90th and 94th minutes, respectively, to seal the victory for North.
Earlier, Hisey scored in the 23rd minute to give the Black Tornado a 1-0 advantage. Halley Folsom and Ashley Mitchell also recorded first-half goals for North, which led 3-1 at halftime.
Ashland's Faci Graham netted back-to-back scores to even things at 3. The latter of her two goals came with about 19 minutes remaining in regulation.
Sydney Thomas' goal put the Black Tornado (2-2) up 4-3 in the 67th before Ashland's Sadie Bailey tied the match when she scored on an Aspen Wolff assist in the 79th.
Jessy Harrower recorded a goal for the Grizzlies (1-3) in the 39th minute.
ROSEBURG 4, CRATER 0 — At Central Point, Emily Roy had two goals to lead Roseburg in Southern Oregon Hybrid play.
Sarah Royce and Brighton Hebisen also scored for the Indians (1-3, 1-0 SOH).
Crater (0-3-1, 0-1), in search of its first goal of the season, was led defensively by Jamie Dirksen and Abby Gray.
EAGLE POINT 2, ILLINOIS VALLEY 1 — At Cave Junction, Eagle Point's Mady Nahss picked up assists on goals by Faith Rittiman and Coreima Torres to lift the Eagles to 1-2 overall with the nonleague effort.
Illinois Valley (3-2) cut its deficit in half in the 72nd minute when Mikael Cusumano scored off an assist by Amanda Brooks.
ST. MARY'S 0, KLAMATH UNION 0 — At Klamath Falls, after a sluggish start, St. Mary's picked up the pace and dominated much of the second half in the nonconference game.
Both goalies — St. Mary's Viv Juncal and Emma Niskanen of Klamath Union — were outstanding.
Juncal didn't have to make a lot of saves but came out of the net to win balls before the Pelicans could finish. Niskanen was put to the test and made some difficult saves on Crusader scoring opportunities.
St. Mary's (2-1-3) received cohesive defensive play from McKenna Barnum, Mary Eaton, Sam Weiland and Sophia Dewing.
The Crusaders open District 3 action on Thursday at Rogue River.
NORTH VALLEY 4, SUTHERLIN 1 — At Merlin, the D'Arpino twins — Vanessa and Kerissa — accounted for all of North Valley's goals.
Vanessa D'Arpino scored unassisted in the fifth minute.
After Sutherlin's Kylee Carson tied the game 1-all, Kerissa D'Arpino tallied what proved to be the winning goal about 10 minutes later off an assist from Alexis Scott.
Vanessa D'Arpino scored again early in the second half and Kerissa D'Arpino made it 4-1 in the 64th minute. Autumn Diaz and Courtney Durham assisted on the second-half goals for the Knights (3-0-1).