Winning the Southern Cascade League title seemed like a pretty bold goal this spring considering the recent history of the Cascade Christian...
In a battle of two streaking teams with Southern Oregon Hybrid championship aspirations, North Medford emerged as the clear frontrunner in girls soccer.
Junior forward Amanda Hisey had a goal and an assist and sophomore defender Tori Foy booted home a 30-yard rocket to add an emphatic exclamation point as the Black Tornado buried Roseburg 4-0 Saturday at Hoffbuhr Field.
"We've just been playing really well, fast-paced soccer," said North Medford head coach Emily Miller, whose team has now won five straight to improve to 5-2, 3-0 in SOH play.
Roseburg, meanwhile, had its three-game winning streak snapped and fell to 3-4, 2-1 in SOH games.
North's Morgan Barry gave the Tornado the only goal it would need only 11 minutes into the contest when she converted a penalty kick. Hisey made it 2-0 in the 33rd when she made a diagonal run, took a nifty pass from Kimmy Parker and scored from about 18 yards away.
Halley Folsom extended North's lead to three goals after taking a pass from Hisey when she infiltrated the box and placed the ball in the corner.
Foy completed the scoring in the 53rd, rearing back about halfway between the 18-yard line and midfield for her first goal of the season.
SOUTH MEDFORD 1, ASHLAND 0 — At Ashland, Brittany Jensen finished off a spectacular run down the sideline with a point-blank goal in the 65th minute to break a scoreless tie and give South Medford the hard-fought nonconference victory at North Mountain Park.
Jensen scored from about 6 yards away for South (4-2-1), which has won three of its four nonleague games.
Ashland (1-5) suffered its fourth one-goal loss of the season.
GRANTS PASS 3, CRATER 0 — At Central Point, Jessica Jordan scored one goal in each half and Shelby DeRocher tacked on a goal in the second half to lead Grants Pass (3-3-2, 1-1-1 SOH) to the road win.
Gretchen Berkey secured the shutout in goal against Crater (0-6-1, 0-4).
MAZAMA 3, NORTH VALLEY 0 — At Klamath Falls, Tiffany Taylor scored a goal in the 18th minute and added a pair of assists to lead Mazama to the Skyline win.
Taylor set up Kylie Durant in the 33rd minute and Kaitlin Crowell in the 76th minute for the Vikings (5-0-1, 2-0). Kaylee Grigsby had the assist on Taylor's goal.
ST. MARY'S 7, GLIDE 0 — At Glide, Lilli Knudsen recorded a hat trick as St. Mary's put together a dominating performance against its District 4 opponent.
Knudsen, a sophomore, scored two goals in the first half to help the Crusaders (5-2-3, 2-0 Dist. 4) to a 3-0 lead. Knudsen also had one assist.
Freshman back-up Emily Elmore scored two goals and had one assist. Elmore gave St. Mary's a 1-0 lead off a head pass from Mary Beth Barnum at the 15th minute.
Rachel Raniele added one goal and two assists and Taylor Holton accounted for the other Crusaders' score.
St. Mary's controlled the middle of the field because of the play by Raniele, Emily Alvarez, Emily Frank, McKenna Barnum and Amber Moore.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 0, EAGLE POINT 0 — Cascade Christian finished with eight shots on goal to Eagle Point's two but couldn't finish in a nonconference match at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
The Challengers appeared to score early in the first half, but Katelyn Stephens' goal was wiped away by an offsides call. The rest of the game belonged to the keepers — Lupe Partida for Eagle Point (1-4-1) and Jessica Weber for Cascade Christian (6-1-1).
ILLINOIS VALLEY 2, ROGUE RIVER 1 — At Rogue River, Amanda Brooks netted a pair of first-half goals to lead Illinois Valley (4-3, 1-1 Dist. 4) to the road victory.
Rogue River cut its deficit in half early in the second half when Bailey Moody set up a goal by Annie Teehan, but the Chieftains (0-5, 0-3) couldn't connect on a tying goal despite several chances.