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GRANTS PASS — South Medford girls soccer coach Chris Hollewijn had visions of another tie with Grants Pass, but Sarah Kapple scored a goal in the second half of overtime for a 2-1 Southern Oregon Hybrid victory Tuesday.
The two teams played to a 1-1 tie in their first meeting to start league play.
"I was thinking, 'This looks familiar,'" said Hollewijn.
The Panthers (5-3-1, 2-2-1 SOH) and Grant Pass (3-5-2, 1-3-1) played a scoreless first 10 minutes of overtime.
Three minutes into the second session, South worked the ball up the left side of the pitch before Megan Kapp passed off to Kapple for a shot just outside the 18-yard box.
"After we scored, it was frantic, chaos," said Hollewijn, noting that the Grants Pass football team settled into the stands while waiting for practice to start. "It was right when we scored. It was loud, they were cheering and the Grants Pass girls started playing better. It ended up being a really fun atmosphere."
South scored first in the 50th minute, when Erin Riley ran up on a volley sent to the middle by Kapple and made a shot over the goalkeeper.
Grants Pass responded in the 68th minute when a free kick was cleaned up in front of the goal.
"I'll be totally honest, it was a very big win for us," said Hollewijn, noting that his seniors hadn't beaten the Cavers before. "That's what's so cool. They definitely made it hard on us."
South's defense played well, he said, leaving goalie Lindsey Namanny with only a few save opportunities.
ROSEBURG 2, CRATER 0 — At Roseburg, Rachel Harland scored once and assisted on the other goal to lead Roseburg (5-4, 4-1) to the SOH triumph.
Harland scored in the 34th minute off a pass from Emily Roy. Harland then found Mahala Norris with a cross in the 44th.
Crater is 0-8-1 overall and 0-5 in the SOH.
NORTH MEDFORD 5, EAGLE POINT 0 — Amanda Hisey recorded a hat trick in North Medford's nonconference home win at Hoffbuhr Field.
She scored one minute into the contest after making a steal for the Black Tornado (7-2), then added another first-half goal on an assist from Ashley Mitchell in the 25th minute.
North, which got an unassisted goal from Mitchell four minutes later, led 3-0 at halftime.
Halley Folsom headed in a cross from Sarah Thomas in the 54th, and Hisey finished the scoring in the 60th following a cross from Sydney Thomas.