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South Medford's girls soccer team took advantage of home, sweet home, and defeated Roseburg, 4-2, in Southern Oregon Hybrid play Saturday.
Franny Gomez scored two goals and played a big role in a third as the Panthers improved to 2-0 in the SOH and 6-2 overall.
It was their first win over the Indians in the three years Chris Hollewijn has been the head coach, he said, and it came in South Medford's first home game in the five contests.
The Panthers had played two games in Eugene and two in Portland leading up to this one at South Medford High.
"It's been hard on them," said Hollewijn.
This one was difficult, too, for the Panthers were without twin sisters Larissa and Desiree Lakin, second-team all-league defenders last year who were on a family trip. With injuries sidelining or slowing several other players, South Medford had a patchwork squad that included three players called up from the junior varsity.
"All things considered, I was thrilled to pick up a result when the squad was so depleted," said Hollewijn.
After Roseburg scored in the final two minutes of the first half to tie it at 1-1, the coach told his team it wouldn't make excuses.
The Panthers didn't need to, outscoring the Indians 3-1 in the second half.
"I was thrilled at how we responded," said Hollewijn. "The girls dug deep and again, with the new faces and the ones struggling and trying to push off injuries and trying to make their way back, it was awesome and showed a lot of character. I'm really happy with that."
Brittany Jensen put the Panthers up 1-0 in the 15th minute with an assist from goalkeeper McKenzie Kapp, whose booming punt led to the score.
Raechel Warren's free kick just before the half tied it for Roseburg, then the Indians went in front less than 10 minutes into the second half on a score by Mahala Norris.
Gomez took an assist from Haylie Durant for the equalizer in the 55th minute, then nine minutes later, she dribbled up the right side and fired a cross that resulted in a handball call on Roseburg. Jensen made the free kick.
In the 67th, Gomez scored from the left side on an assist by Durant.
NORTH MEDFORD 9, CRATER 1 — At Central Point, North Medford's Ashley Parker scored four goals and Sydney Thomas had one goal and three assists as the Black Tornado opened league play with a resounding victory at Dutch Meyer Field.
Halley Folsom's goal off a cross by Thomas three minutes in opened the scoring onslaught for the Tornado (2-2-1), which led 6-0 at the half. Chely Jimenez tallied her first goal of the season from the top of the box two minutes later.
For Crater (0-4, 0-2 SOH), Sydney Beck scored late in the second half to avoid the shutout.
ASHLAND 2, MAZAMA 1 — At Klamath Falls, Jessie Harrower scored in the fifth and 21st minutes to lead Ashland to the nonleague road victory.
Sadie Bailey picked up the assist on the first goal but the second came after Harrower stole the ball from a defender and found the back of the net for the Grizzlies (2-1-1).
Mazama scored midway through the second half on a long kick to trim its deficit.
NORTH VALLEY 2, BROOKINGS 2 — At Brookings, North Valley watched its 2-0 halftime lead slip away in its final nonleague tuneup.
The Knights scored the first goal of the game in the 10th minute when Emily Field finished off a nice cross from Venessa D'Arpino, then added another in the 37th when Kerissa D'Arpino scored off an assist by Alexis Scott.
Brookings roared back with a penalty kick in the 60th and a 15-yard strike 10 minutes later. North Valley (2-1-1), which played shorthanded as three players sat out sick and another left the game early with an injury, nearly reclaimed the lead in the final minutes, hitting the crossbar twice.
ST. MARY'S 8, ROGUE RIVER 0 — At Rogue River, Viv Juncal scored a pair of goals and St. Mary's got one goal and two assists from Lilli Knudsen in the District 4 victory.
The Crusaders (3-1-2, 1-0 Dist. 4) led 6-0 at halftime and received one goal and one assist each from Allie Buccino, Anna Peterson and Taylor Holton.
Also scoring for St. Mary's were MaryBeth Barnum and Isabelle Suarez, while Emily Alvarez and Abby Coughlin had assists.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 4, GLIDE 0 — Lacey Reen netted a pair of stunning shots to help Cascade Christian cruise to victory at U.S. Cellular.
Reen opened the scoring in the fifth minute with a 20-yard blast, then closed the scoring in the second half by controlling a nice through ball from Marissa Barlow and turning that into another 20-yard diagonal shot that nestled into the upper corner of the far post.
Alex Haug scored off a crossing effort by Cheyanne Auchard and Mackenzie Hickman had another first-half goal for the Challengers (4-1-1). Sisters Jessica Weber and Kaitlyn Weber combined for the shutout in goal.
ILLINOIS VALLEY 5, LAKEVIEW 4 — At Lakeview, Amanda Brooks scored four goals, including a tiebreaking effort in the 70th minute to lead Illinois Valley to the District 4 win.
Brooks broke a 4-4 tie with an unassisted effort to help the Cougars improve to 3-2 overall and 1-0 in league play. Aundrea Miller netted IV's other goal and also had an assist, with Gabby Cruz also registering an assist.