Winning the Southern Cascade League title seemed like a pretty bold goal this spring considering the recent history of the Cascade Christian...
ROSEBURG — The South Medford girls soccer team took a huge step toward a possible Southern Oregon Hybrid championship Saturday, completing a season sweep of Roseburg with a 2-1 victory at Roseburg High.
Erin Riley used a quick-stop deke to fire off an 18-yard shot that gave South Medford a 1-0 lead in the 57th, and Brittany Jensen made it 2-0 in the 71st on another great one-on-one finish.
Roseburg cut the deficit to one on Claire Ibarra's half-volley goal from about 7 yards away in the 73rd. Ibarra nearly connected on a would-be equalizer with about two minutes to go, but her hard shot hit the post before South Medford's Andie Devries cleared it to end the threat.
"(Devries) was just in the right spot," said South Medford head coach Chris Hollewijn, whose team improved to 9-3 overall and 5-1 in the SOH. "It was crazy, a really big scare.
"(Roseburg) is really solid — they gave us a really good game, but our girls played really hard and kept pushing and I'm really happy about that."
South's third one-goal league win allowed the Panthers to keep pace with North Medford in the SOH standings with two matches to go, including a head-to-head clash with North on Oct. 26.
Roseburg (5-4-1, 4-2) saw its three-match winning streak come to an end.
On South's first goal, Riley took a through ball from Franny Gomez and connected on a low, hard shot to give the Panthers a big momentum boost. The right-foot strike wasn't close to being blocked.
"That's exactly what you have to do from that area," Hollewijn said. "Accurate, hard and low."
Fourteen minutes later, Jensen dribbled through the Roseburg defense to create enough space for her shot. At the end of the run she pushed the ball past a defender before using her left foot to squeeze in a tight-angled shot.
"It was a nice, delicate finish, really smart," Hollewijn said.
NORTH MEDFORD 10, CRATER 1 — Senior forward Amanda Hisey scored five goals and added an assist to lead North Medford to an SOH rout at Hoffbuhr Field.
Halley Folsom added two goals and an assist and junior varsity call-up Meghan Cowan tacked on one goal for the Black Tornado (6-3-1, 4-1 SOH), which has won five of its last six games.
Sydney Beck scored on a penalty kick for Crater (0-9, 0-6).
ASHLAND 1, GRANTS PASS 1 — At Grants Pass, Maya Timmons scored during a scramble in the box with four minutes to play following a corner kick by Jessi Harrower to allow Ashland (4-2-2) to gain a nonconference tie at Mel Ingram Field.
Shelby DeRocher scored in the 16th minute on a penalty kick for Grants Pass (1-5-2).
KLAMATH UNION 8, PHOENIX 1 — At Talent, senior captain Amanda Skaff booted in a direct kick from 25 yards out for short-handed Phoenix in Skyline Conference action at Hagler-James Field.
Skaff's goal came in the 51st minute for the Pirates (3-7, 0-6 Sky), who lost starting goalkeeper Maddie Landis for the season to a separated shoulder.
Phoenix, which trailed 5-0 at halftime, played with no substitutes against Klamath Union (7-2-1, 5-1).
Jessica Bocchi led the Pelicans with a hat trick.
NORTH VALLEY 2, HENLEY 1 — At Merlin, Venessa D'Arpino scored one goal and assisted on another as North Valley remained tied for first in the Skyline.
The Knights (7-2-1, 5-1 Sky) took a 1-0 halftime lead when D'Arpino scored on a cross from her sister, Kerissa, in the 20th minute. Venessa D'Arpino later found Alexis Scott, who scored in the 57th minute.
Henley's Lisette Gonzales cut it to 2-1 in the 78th minute.
Goalie Lexi Pittman made a couple big stops for the Knights.
MAZAMA 2, HIDDEN VALLEY 1, OT — At Murphy, Mazama's Kaitlin Crowell knocked in the game-winning free kick in overtime during Skyline Conference action.
Courtney Hart converted a penalty kick in the 79th minute to break a scoreless tie for Hidden Valley (1-9, 1-5 Sky). The Vikings (4-5, 3-3) responded seconds later with a Breezy Drake goal to send the match into OT.
Southern Cascade Hybrid
ST. MARY'S 8, ROGUE RIVER 0 — Emily Alvarez, Emily Elmore and Lilli Knudsen each scored a pair of goals to lead St. Mary's to the District 4 victory at U.S. Cellular.
MaryBeth Barnum and Abby Coughlin also scored for the Crusaders (8-1-2, 6-0 Dist. 4), while Rachel Raniele added two assists.
Also earning assists were Ellie Hough, Rose Alvarez, Allie Buccino and Sophia Dewing, with Emily Riehlman posting the shutout in goal against Rogue River (1-7, 1-5).
GLIDE 3, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 2 — At Glide, Mackenzie Hickman and Lacey Reen each scored for Cascade Christian, but Glide hit the go-ahead goal with 20 minutes to play and the Challengers were unable to net an equalizer despite constant pressure.
Hickman scored in the 17th minute following a nice far-post cross from Katelyn Fitch, while Reen tied the match for Cascade Christian (7-3-1, 4-2 Dist. 4) in the 54th minute with a sensational run down the field and deft shot into the goal despite a narrow angle.
Shelby Thompson scored in the 21st and 36th minutes for Glide (5-4-1, 3-2), and Kali Vickery tallied near the 60th minute.
ILLINOIS VALLEY 2, LAKEVIEW 1 — At Cave Junction, Amanda Brooks had two goals for Illinois Valley in District 4 action.
Dolli Alexander put Lakeview (0-7, 0-5 Dist. 4) on the scoreboard first in the 18th minute.
The Cougars (5-5, 3-3 Dist. 4) answered when Shelbie Mason assisted Brooks for a 6-yard goal during a scramble in the 24th minute.
In the 62nd minute, Brooks corralled the rebound and scored from close range after a Kynan Nordal free kick from 22 yards out.
Illinois Valley stopper Aina Heise played strong filling in as a starter.