North Medford girls soccer coach Jeff Thomas is more concerned with the process than necessarily winning games early in the season.
The Black Tornado executed its system effectively to Thomas’ delight in a Southwest Conference game against South Eugene and registered its first victory of the season, 2-0, at Hoffbuhr Field on Tuesday .
“We have a complicated system,” said Thomas, “and we’re trying to build and play properly. We’re confident we’ll be there at the end of the season.”
Savannah Bumgardner got North (1-3-2, 1-1-1 SWC) on the board at the 36th minute off an assist from Sage Travis.
Almost midway through the second period, freshman Jaida Ross cleaned up a rebound off her shot and scored to give the Black Tornado a 2-0 lead.
North junior Rylee Karrick was active from the back line.
“(Karrick) was getting up into the attack and created a lot of opportunities for us,” said Thomas. “She put a lot of stress on their defense.”
SHELDON 5, GRANTS PASS 0: At Grants Pass, Sheldon led 2-0 at halftime in the SWC match at Mel Ingram Stadium.
The Irish capitalized on two own goals by Grants Pass (2-4, 1-3 SWC).
Sheldon improved to 5-0 in conference and 7-0 overall.
EAGLE POINT 1, CRATER 0: At Central Point, Eagle Point scored the lone goal in the 27th minute of the second half.
Crater (2-4-1) got seven saves from goalkeeper Lauren Noyes.
Eagle Point improved to 2-3 overall.
ASHLAND 3, SOUTH MEDFORD 1: Ashland’s Ben Lucero, Bryce Rollins and Jade Boucher had goals in the nonleague win.
Jonah Michael scored for South Medford (0-5-1). The Grizzlies improved to 5-1.
EAGLE POINT 2, CRATER 0: At Eagle Point, Cody Silani and Brian De La Cruz scored goals in the second half to give Eagle Point a win.
Orfanel Aguirre had 13 saves for the Eagles (3-3).
Eagle Point tallied 28 shots against Crater (2-4).