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    North Medford executes plan, gets late overtime goal from Folsom to edge South
  • They call it "45" in the North Medford girls soccer circle.

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    • NORTH 2, SOUTH 1, OT
      RECAP: North's Halley Folsom nets the game-winner in overtime and Amanda Hisey chips in a goal while leading the offense in Southern Oregon Hybrid action.
      up next: Next Tuesday, North Medford a...
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      NORTH 2, SOUTH 1, OT
      RECAP: North's Halley Folsom nets the game-winner in overtime and Amanda Hisey chips in a goal while leading the offense in Southern Oregon Hybrid action.

      up next: Next Tuesday, North Medford at Ashland; Grants Pass at South Medford.
  • They call it "45" in the North Medford girls soccer circle.
    It's a commonly practiced technique that worked to perfection on Tuesday night at Spiegelberg Stadium.
    North midfielder Ashley Parker carefully dribbled the ball down the left flank and deep into South Medford territory before belting a cross near the end line with 5:31 left in overtime and the score even at 1.
    The action forced South sophomore goalkeeper McKenzie Kapp to react and the ball was deflected.
    Enter North junior forward Halley Folsom, who was just finishing off her run. She collected the ball and placed an accurate boot that helped seal the Black Tornado's 2-1 victory.
    Simply put, the plan worked, North head coach Emily Miller said.
    "We call it 45," she said. "It's when you get to the end line and try to angle the ball back across the top of the box. We've worked on crossing the ball in and putting something on it to get it in the back of the net."
    The goal put an end to an emotional, physical Southern Oregon Hybrid match that North dedicated to senior Anna Smith, who suffered a compound fracture in a 5-0 win over Grants Pass on Sept. 25. The team hadn't played a home match since then and Black Tornado players were emotional as they honored their teammate.
    "We needed to win this game for Anna," Folsom said as she cried. "And we did. We really wish she was there to play with us. She is still part of the team."
    The Black Tornado came out of the gates strongest, dominating possession for much of the first half but missing a couple chances. Katie Peters overshot an open-goal attempt in the 14th minute and Folsom was just off to the left on a hard boot with 22:40 remaining in the first.
    North finally cashed in when Amanda Hisey scored with her off foot from about 15 yards out on a Renae Rivero assist with 4:00 to go before halftime.
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