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CENTRAL POINT — North Medford showed it can be just as much of a scoring threat when on the defensive as when the Black Tornado is mounting an offensive attack in Southern Oregon Hybrid girls soccer Saturday.
Forwards Amanda Hisey and Halley Folsom kept the pressure on even when they didn't have the ball and those extra efforts helped result in a 4-0 victory over Crater at Dutch Meyer Field.
"Halley and Amanda are both very aggressive defending forwards," said North Medford head coach Emily Miller, "if they lose a ball then right away they're on top of it."
Hisey opened the scoring in the 32nd minute when she got a foot on a loose ball in front of the Crater goal, then Folsom made it 2-0 three minutes later when she stole the ball from a Crater defender and quickly converted.
Hisey was credited with another goal in the 52nd minute when she was jostling back and forth with a Comet defender on a breakaway and pressured Crater into a toe poke that sent the ball past the converging goalkeeper.
Hisey scored a more traditional goal in the 89th minute, taking a nice pass from Folsom in the box before finding the back of the net.
Bailey O'Connor earned the shutout in goal for North Medford (8-2, 5-0 SOH), with a lot of credit going to sweeper McKensie Ragan and her ability to communicate and help position the defense against Crater's breakaway efforts.
The Comets dropped to 0-9-1 and 0-6 in the SOH.
SOUTH MEDFORD 0, ROSEBURG 0, OT — Sarah Kapple, Megan Kapp and Erin Riley all had near goals for South Medford in Southern Oregon Hybrid action.
Kapple and Riley each recorded shots that hit the goal post, while Kapp turned her defender around late in regulation and unloaded a strong attempt that was stopped.
Goalkeeper Lindsey Namanny earned the shutout for the Panthers (5-3-2, 2-2-2 SOH).
ASHLAND 3, GRANTS PASS 3, OT — At Ashland, Sadie Bailey's successful header in the 78th minute sent the nonleague match into overtime for Ashland.
Facien Graham had the assist on Bailey's equalizer.
After Grants Pass took a 1-0 lead less than 90 seconds into the match, Aspen Wolff headed the ball in using a pass from Graham to even the score in the 22nd minute.
Jessica Harrower's 45-yard free kick put the Grizzlies (3-5-1) ahead 2-1 in the 51st minute. Grants Pass' Brooke Blacksmith then knocked in back-to-back goals, including one in the 77th minute that gave the Cavers (3-5-3) a 3-2 advantage.
KLAMATH UNION 10, PHOENIX 1 — At Klamath Falls, Amanda Skaff scored in the first half for Phoenix in Skyline Conference action.
Klamath Union (6-2-2, 4-2 Sky) led the Pirates (1-9, 0-6) 7-1 at halftime.
ST. MARY'S 3, ROGUE RIVER 1 — Rachel Raniele supplied a shot in the arm to St. Mary's with two goals and an assist to help pave the way for the Crusaders' District 4 win at U.S. Cellular.
The St. Mary's junior lofted a perfectly placed corner kick in the eighth minute that was finished off by Sam Weiland at close range for her first-ever high school goal.
That 1-0 lead held up through a lethargic first half and then Rogue River's Hailey Lamar tied the match in the 58th minute off an assist by fellow freshman Annie Teehan.
Raniele took charge after that for the Crusaders (7-2-3, 5-0 Dist. 4), bending in a corner kick for an unassisted goal in the 70th minute and then driving a 22-yard shot into the net in the 74th minute.
The Chieftains dropped to 0-7 and 0-5 in league play.
GLIDE 3, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 2, OT — At Glide, Kali Vickery had two goals, including the game-winner in the fifth minute of overtime, for Glide in District 4 action.
Vickery tied the match at 2 in the 57th minute.
Jolee Riva and Lacey Reem had goals for Cascade Christian (7-4-1, 2-3 Dist. 4).
Caroline Brown recorded a goal and two assists for the Wildcats (9-1, 4-1).