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Amanda Hisey played with the determination that has made her North Medford's leading scorer in a spirited crosstown girls soccer match against South Medford Tuesday.
Hisey, a junior striker, produced a hat trick as the Black Tornado won its sixth straight game with a decisive 5-1 Southern Oregon Hybrid victory at South Medford High.
Hisey converted the game's opening goal in the 10th minute off an assist from sophomore Halley Folsom. Hisey added two second-half goals, including an unassisted score in the 73rd minute when she weaved through the Panther's defense and deposited a shot in the left corner of the net from 6 yards out.
"(Hisey) and Halley Folsom play real well together," North Medford first-year coach Emily Miller said. "Halley is fast and tall and creates a lot of havoc. They are creating the space they need and Amanda is getting some good looks."
The Black Tornado (6-2, 4-0 SOH) led 2-0 at halftime due to Kimmy Parker's header off a corner kick by Morgan Garry in the 17th minute.
North defender Anna Smith was responsible for keeping the Panthers scoreless in the first half when she rotated back and stopped a shot headed into the net.
Hisey tallied first in the second half, with Sydney Thomas assisting. Then Erin Riley scored the South Medford (4-3-1, 1-21) goal on a free kick. Thomas finished the scoring with 40 seconds remaining.
Parker and Garry contributed to the victory by helping the Black Tornado control the midfield.
"We were really stepping up to those 50-50 balls," said Miller. "We had a lot of nice combination passes and moved the ball quickly."
"We don't have a weak spot," added Miller. "When girls come off the bench, our level doesn't go down."
ASHLAND 5, CRATER 0 — At Ashland, junior midfielder Sadie Bailey scored two goals in the second half as Ashland pulled away to snap a three-game losing streak in nonconference play at North Mountain Park.
Sophomore forward Facien Graham scored off an assist by Sarah Honeywell in the 11th minute to give Ashland a 1-0 halftime lead. The Grizzlies (2-5) then erupted in the second half, with Bailey connecting in the 61st off an assist by Ia Balbuena and in the 74th on a nearly identical play.
Julia Wilson scored off a cross by Graham to give Ashland a 2-0 lead three minutes into the second half.
Crater is 0-7-1.
ROSEBURG 2, GRANTS PASS 1 — At Roseburg, Rochelle Wong came up with a goal out of a scramble to tie it with nine minutes left, and Tristen Gilbert made the game-winner with four minutes remaining in the SOH.
Kimmy Solberg had the assist on the deciding goal for Roseburg (4-4, 3-1 SOH).
Shelby DeRocher scored from point-blank range in the 39th minute for Grants Pass (3-4-2, 1-2-1).
ASHLAND 4, CRATER 0 — At Central Point, Ashland's Diego Harrison had a hat trick in the first half in nonleague play.
Max Heine scored in the 41st minute for the Grizzlies (3-3).
Harrison had goals in the 23rd, 35th and 36th minutes, receiving assists from Stenley Graham and Geronimo Garcia-Ayala on two of those.
Goalkeeper Ross Kandaris earned the shutout against Crater (0-8).
The Comets enjoyed improved midfield play, thanks largely to the orchestration of center mid Ivan Encisco.
GRANTS PASS 3, ROSEBURG 0 — At Grants Pass, despite being ill, Grants Pass co-captain Brian Satterthwaite scored two goals and had an assist in a physical contest at Mel Ingram Field.
Satterthwaite, a senior midfielder, headed in a free kick from the Cavemen's other co-captain, Casey Zottola, in the 36th minute. Grants Pass (6-2, 2-2 SOH) got a goal in the 68th minute from 15 yards out by Moges Dinkins, and Satterthwaite tallied a minute later.
The Cavemen outshot Roseburg (2-6, 1-3), 15-9.