South Medford didn’t get frustrated in an important Southwest Conference girls soccer match against Grants Pass on Tuesday.
After threatening on several occasions but not scoring in the first half, the Panthers capitalized on a set piece after intermission to post a 1-0 victory over the Cavers at Mel Ingram Field.
The victory locks up second place in the SWC for South Medford (7-4-2, 7-2-2 SWC).
“It was a really competitive game,” said South Medford coach Chris Hollewijn. “We dealt with the pressure of the situation well.”
The Panthers scored eight minutes into the second half on a header by Whitney Winans off a corner kick from Courtney Herick.
“Courtney really played the ball in well,” said Hollewijn, “and Whitney read the flight of the ball and put a strong header into the net.”
South senior goalkeeper Kaitlyn Weber recorded the shutout.
“Kaitlyn didn’t have a ton of saves but she had one really big save when Grants Pass was putting on a lot of pressure,” said Hollewijn.
The Panther defensive line of Anna Rose, Baylee Smith, Madelyn Pineda and Heather Ramirez held up strong the whole game against Grants Pass (3-9-1, 2-8-1).
“We showed a lot of maturity and composure,” said Hollewijn. “We were dominant except in a few stages of the game. We kept pushing and plugging away.”
NORTH MEDFORD 5, ROSEBURG 0: Savannah Bumgardner scored two first-half goals as North Medford solidified its hold on third place in the SWC with the victory at Hoffbuhr Field.
Bumgardner, a senior forward, tallied in the third minute on a header off a cross by Hailee Hayes. Then she made it 3-0 before halftime, with an assist going to Rylee Karrick.
Meghan Cowan scored in the 20th minute off a Michala Denn pass.
In the second half, Jaida Ross scored a goal and assisted on a Hayes goal.
Freshman Brooklyn Snow and Ross both excelled for the Black Tornado (5-3-5, 5-2-4 SWC).
Goalkeepers Melissa Tonkin and Brinley O’Neill split time in net against Roseburg (2-10-2, 1-9-2.).
ASHLAND 7, CRATER 0: At Central Point, Tia Wilhelm recorded a hat trick to help Ashland to the Midwestern League win.
Mya Elder-Hammond scored a goal and tallied two assists for the Grizzlies (9-3-1, 4-1-1 MWL), who led 3-0 at halftime against Crater (2-8-1, 0-4).
Kaci Carder recorded 13 saves for the Comets.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 2, LAKEVIEW 0: At Lakeview, Emily Stephens and Jenna Worthington scored goals for Cascade Christian during District 5 play.
Bryton Plankenhorn recorded an assist and goalkeeper Audrey Quast earned the shutout for the Challengers (7-3-1, 5-2 Dist. 5), who led 1-0 at halftime against Lakeview (6-6, 4-4).
SOUTH MEDFORD 2, GRANTS PASS 0: Jon Peregrina and Hersson Guitron connected on a picture-perfect play early in the game as South Medford scored a pair of first-half goals in the SWC home victory.
Guitron, a senior midfielder, scored from about 15 yards away on a give-and-go from Peregrina just 2 ½ minutes into the game.
The Panthers (4-8-1, 4-6-1 SWC) tallied again when Guitron got a through ball to Pablo Gonzalez, who beat the Grants Pass goalkeeper one-on-one at the 22nd minute.
Panther goalkeeper Max Listro made six saves against Grants Pass (6-7, 5-6) and defenders Calvin Whitley and Enrique Tovar anchored the South defense.
NORTH MEDFORD 4, ROSEBURG 0: At Roseburg, North Medford’s Carlos Cordoba scored in the 15th minute and 32nd minute to help secure the Southwest Conference win.
Luis Angel Cerna had two well-placed crosses that found Cordoba in the 15th minute and Carson Ehlers in the 32nd minute for goals to give the Black Tornado a 2-0 halftime lead over Roseburg (3-11, 1-11 SWC).
Darren Warren tallied on an assist from Heriborto Gallegos in the 62nd minute.
Kendal James recorded three saves for North Medford (5-6-2, 4-5-2).
ASHLAND 9, CRATER 0: At Ashland, Jade Boucher assisted Ian Rinefort on two goals in the first five minutes as Ashland cruised in the Midwestern League win.
Bryce Rollins also scored two goals for the Grizzlies (10-2-1, 4-1-1 MWL), who face Marist on Friday for second place in the final Midwestern standings.
Crater fell to 2-8 and 0-3.