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At least through two matches, the South Medford girls soccer team has played with a strict policy: no goals allowed.
The Panthers, who beat South Eugene 2-0 on Tuesday, kept up their stingy ways with a 3-0 triumph over Bend in nonleague action at South Medford High on Friday.
Brittany Smith had two goals and Haylie Durant added two assists for South, which led 2-0 at halftime.
The Panthers (2-0) got on the scoreboard quickly when Montana Logue knocked in a goal from about 10 yards out just 50 seconds into the match. The score was set up by Durant, who sneaked in a pass that Logue converted using her left foot.
Durant collected her second assist when she found a charging Brittany Jensen for a 15-yard goal in the 28th minute.
Smith completed the scoring around the 60th minute after Renae Nisbet sliced past a pair of defenders and got tripped in the box, drawing a penalty kick that Smith took.
Sophomore goalkeeper McKenzie Kapp — who took over for graduated all-conference goalie Lindsey Namanny — earned her second shutout and made six saves.
"She has been outstanding," South head coach Chris Hollewijn said. "She's played very well and has been really vocal."
Along with Durant, Hannah Kapple and Raney Brooks helped to set things up in the midfield.
"Bend is a good team," Hollewijn said. "We finished our chances when we had them, but they were really competitive."
NORTH MEDFORD 7, MOUNTAIN VIEW 0 — Outside midfielder Ashley Parker scored two goals, Halley Folsom added one and North Medford's defense dominated for the Black Tornado.
Folsom scored the first goal of the game in the 28th minute and the Tornado took off from there. North centerbacks McKensie Ragan and Sarah Thomas helped hold the Cougars scoreless.
SOUTH MEDFORD 3, BEND 0 — At Bend, South Medford snapped a scoreless tie at halftime in nonconference action.
Colt Sauers scored from 12 yards out on a carefully threaded pass from Uriel Cordoba in the 55th minute. Ten minutes later, Rene Cabrera booted in a goal on a Kyle Owings assist.
In the 90th minute, Jeff Turner attempted a shot from 30 yards out that hit the crossbar. Logan Artner corralled the ball and sent it in to round out the scoring.
Goalkeeper Hunter Soper earned the shutout, while Jose Aguilera played the final seven minutes in goal for the Panthers (1-1).
NORTH MEDFORD 6, MOUNTAIN VIEW 0 — At Bend, Garrett Byrd had two goals and three assists to lead North Medford in nonleague action.
Benito Torres, Christian Siordia, Danny Zamores and Ryan Hogan also scored for the Black Tornado, which led 3-0 at halftime.
North (1-0) went ahead 4-0 when Byrd sent in a skillfully placed header on a pass from Carter Ehlers.
Goalkeeper Eric Benitez recorded the shutout with four saves.
BILL CHAPMAN INVITATIONAL — At Hillsboro, Crater senior Gracie Tostenson was second among 234 varsity and junior varsity runners at the 15th annual event featuring 13 schools at Rood Bridge Park.
Tostenson finished the 5,000-meter run in 18 minutes, 29 seconds.
Sunset's Charlotte Corless won in 18:09.
Crater's Megan Hastings was ninth (20:41), Jordan Monroe 33rd (21:48) and Bailey Bascom and Alexa Scharf 44th and 45th with the same time of 22:41.
In the boys varsity race, Crater's Austin Sanders placed seventh out of 84 runners with a time of 17:18.
Glencoe's Mason Rouches won (16:44).
Also for the Comets, Devin Rodman was 11th (17:22) and Darien Andrews 18th (17:40).
MARIST INVITATIONAL — At Fern Ridge Reservoir, Phoenix's Nevina De Luca placed third to lead the Pirate girls to second place at Richardson Park.
The St. Mary's girls, led by 11th-place Rachel Bennion and 12th-place Gianna Isola, took third, while the Phoenix boys were also third.
De Luca, a junior, completed the 5-kilometer course in 19 minutes, 19 seconds. Also for the Phoenix girls, freshman Danielle Jantzer placed ninth in 20:59 and junior Ashlee Vos placed 20th in 22:28.
For the Phoenix boys, senior Phillip Todak (14th, 17:24), junior Nigel Leonis (17th, 17:39) and sophomore Leif Amundsen (20th, 17:46) all ran lifetime bests.
Cascade Christian's Stephanie Croy was fifth in the girls race (19:42), while teammate Tim McPherson was eighth in the boys race (17:04).
BILL SPRINGHORN CLASSIC — At Redding, Calif., Rogue River's Rio Lopez placed 25th and Cole McFetridge 47th to lead Rogue River in the 3-mile varsity race.
Lopez finished in 17 minutes, 14.32 seconds, while McFetridge crossed the finish line in 18:25.56.
SUTHERLIN 3, ROGUE RIVER 2 — At Rogue River, Rogue River had a number of rallies but Sutherlin came up with the big plays late, grabbing a 25-23, 15-25, 11-25, 28-26, 16-14 win.
Anjelica Pamplona was active defensively, accumulating digs for the Chieftains (0-1), and outside hitter Kourtney Moore had a strong effort at the net and from the service line.