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Franny Gomez is becoming an offensive force for the South Medford girls soccer team.
Gomez, South's second leading scorer, provided the game-winning goal for the Panthers in a 2-1 overtime victory over Grants Pass at South Medford High Tuesday.
It is the second time this season South (8-3, 4-1 SOH) has defeated the Cavers (1-5-1, 1-4) in overtime.
The sophomore Gomez scored her ninth goal of the season in the first minute of the second 10-minute overtime period on a left-footed shot deposited high inside the near post from about eight yards out. Montana Logue set up the score by dribbling into the box from the outside and found an open Gomez.
"(Gomez) was busy all game," said South Medford coach Chris Hollejwin. "She made her presence felt. She kept her cool on the game-winning goal."
Grants Pass took the initial lead on Hope Frye's goal in the 11th minute off an assist from Jessi Witherington.
South Medford tied the match 1-all just two minutes before halftime when Erin Riley connected on a looping shot near the far post. Sara Smith served the pass to Riley on the left side.
"It squirted through to Erin, who took one touch and then shot it," said Hollejwin. "It was a nice shot that curled over the goalie's head."
Haylie Durant, a junior midfielder, did a good job creating opportunities for South Medford.
"She continually put pressure on them and tried to make things happen," said Hollejwin.
Grants Pass had a 9-7 edge in shots on goal.
"I was happy with the determination our girls showed to get the result," said Hollejwin. "We kept plugging away and finally we got the breakthrough in overtime."
ROSEBURG 3, CRATER 1 — At Central Point, Crater held Roseburg to one goal for all but the final 10 minutes of the Southern Oregon Hybrid match.
The Indians' Kara Krnacik tallied early in the match, but Roseburg didn't score again until late (Krnacik in the 70th and Mahala Norris two minutes later). With her team trailing 3-0 and about 30 seconds remaining, Crater's McKinsey Scharf sent over a corner kick, which bounced off a defender and returned to her. Scharf rebounded the ball and sent in a perfectly curled shot into the upper right corner.
Goalkeeper Alycea Jones made several difficult saves while facing 15 shots on goal for the Comets (0-8, 0-5 SOH), who lost, 8-0, to the Indians (5-3-1, 4-1 SOH) earlier in the year.
HENLEY 5, PHOENIX 1 — At Talent, Phoenix struck first with a goal by Facie Graham in the 13th minute before Henley pulled away in Skyline Conference action at Hagler-James Field.
Graham used an assist from defender Sara Saurman to score from 12 yards out for the Pirates (3-6, 0-5 Sky).
Phoenix sweeper Jordan Stevens played strong against Henley (6-2-1, 4-2 Sky).
NORTH VALLEY 4, HIDDEN VALLEY 0 — At Merlin, Venessa D'Arpino recorded a hat trick in North Valley's Skyline Conference win.
Kerissa D'Arpino added a goal for the Knights (6-2-1, 4-1 Sky).
Hidden Valley dropped to 1-8 overall and 1-4 in league.