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SPRINGFIELD — The North Medford girls soccer team had a breakthrough day against defending Class 6A state champion Thurston, dominating play but failing to finish en route to a 0-0 tie in nonleague action Tuesday.
Backed by a stingy defensive line and tenacious midfield unit, the Black Tornado outshot the Colts, 15-1.
"They got off the bus today and were ready to go," North head coach Emily Miller said.
Striker Amanda Hisey guided the offensive push with six shots on goal. Halley Folsom chipped in three shots and Sydney Thomas two shots.
Morgan Barry, Toreah Foy and Chely Jimenez anchored the midfield.
"They really controlled the center," Miller said. "We have those three rotate in and they all did a great job of getting balls up to our outside players.
"We just needed to finish. That is something we'll be working on."
The Black Tornado (1-1-1) defense was led by center backs McKensie Ragan and Sarah Thomas and outside back Renae Rivero.
Goalkeeper Hayley Haas played the first half and Bailey O'Connor the second against Thurston (2-1-1), which beat Clackamas, 2-0, in last year's state title match.
The Colts returned eight starters, but two were out Tuesday (injury and sickness). They have allowed one goal in four games this year.
"They are a very physical team," Miller said. "The girls did a great job."
SHELDON 4, SOUTH MEDFORD 0 — Sheldon broke South Medford's scoreless streak in the 15th minute and then tacked on a key goal three minutes later to help pull away for the nonleague win.
The opportunistic Irish opened a 3-0 advantage by halftime, with Sierra Christopher missing a chance to cut into that lead when her first-half goal was deemed offsides.
South (3-1) also had good scoring chances from Brittany Jensen and Montana Logue, who hit the post in the second half.
KLAMATH UNION 4, CRATER 2 — At Klamath Falls, Sydney Beck and Mikalah Wilson had goals for Crater in nonleague action.
Beck scored in the 63rd minute on an assist from Tyler Hansen and Wilson found the back of the net during a scramble four minutes later.
The Comets (0-2), who outshot Klamath Union 10-7 in the second half, trailed 3-0 at halftime.
Tori Dykstra led Klamath Union with two goals.
GRANTS PASS 4, BEND 4 — At Grants Pass, Maci Jokumsen scored twice for Grants Pass (0-1-1) in the nonconference game, while Brooke Blacksmith assisted on one of Jokumsen's goals and scored one of her own.
Shelby DeRocher also scored for Grants Pass, but a goal by Bend in the 74th minute knotted it at 4-4.
ROSEBURG 2, WILLAMETTE 1 — At Eugene, Emily Roy scored in the second minute and the 52nd minute to lead Roseburg to the nonleague road win.
Claire Ibarra picked up the assist on the opening goal for the Indians (1-1), who led 1-0 at halftime.
HENLEY 2, ASHLAND 1 — At Ashland, Lilli Patton's goal in the 67th minute evened the score before Henley knocked in the game-winner with 21 seconds remaining in nonleague action.
Sadie Bailey had the assist on Patton's goal, which came from about 15 yards out for the Grizzlies (0-1-1).
Henley improved to 1-0-1.
EAGLE POINT 0, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 0 — Class 3A Cascade Christian dominated possession but couldn't capitalize against 5A Eagle Point in nonleague action at U.S. Cellular.
Cheyanne Auchard led the Challengers (2-1-1) with 10 shots, while Lacey Reen and Katelyn Stephens had five apiece while keeping constant pressure on the Eagle defense.
ST. MARY'S 4, HIDDEN VALLEY 0 — After getting a tip a day earlier from head coach Dave Potter to look for assist opportunities, Emily Alvarez's goal-scoring slump ended with a hat trick at U.S. Cellular.
Alvarez scored in the sixth, 20th and 52nd minutes for the Crusaders (1-0-1), with goalkeeper Viv Juncal making the most of her time at forward with a goal in the 46th minute.
Abby Coughlin earned assists on two goals and Ellie Hough had another, while Juncal and Emily Riehlman shared shutout duties in goal.
NORTH VALLEY 3, ELMIRA 0 — At Elmira, North Valley's Venessa D'Arpino had two goals and an assist in nonleague action.
Emily Field scored in the third minute on a pass from D'Arpino.
D'Arpino knocked in a goal in the 37th minute on a Kristen Cutting assist for the Knights (2-0).
D'Arpino rounded out the scoring in the 54th minute.
Lexi Pittman and Cassi Wessels combined for the shutout in goal.