North Medford and South Medford’s girls soccer teams finally got a chance to stretch their legs and play outdoors Saturday when they met in Southwest Conference action at Hoffbuhr Field.
But for all the intense action — and there was plenty — neither team could find the net in settling for a 0-0 tie in regulation play after almost two weeks of smoke-induced seclusion indoors.
“I was very, very proud of the way that we battled today,” said North Medford assistant coach KeriAnn Rumrey, who took over with head coach Jeff Thomas out of town. “One of the things I really challenged the girls with before the game today, and the only thing you can control, is your amount of fight, and they came out and they totally battled. South is a great team. They have amazing athletes and to shut them down and, I felt like at times, change momentum of the game was very encouraging for me.”
Madison Morgan had the best scoring chance for the Black Tornado (0-1-1, 0-0-1 SWC) when her shot midway through the second half hit the inside of the post, and also added a nice shot that sailed just over the goal in the first half. Fellow senior Rylee Karrick also had a shot go over the goal.
For South Medford (1-0-1, 0-0-1), junior Ula Chamberlin and senior Chloe Alvarez combined for a few nice scoring chances with the help of Madelyn Pineda and Hayle Mehl.
“I thought we were a little flat,” said South Medford head coach Chris Hollewijn. “Unfortunately it seemed like we were missing energy around the field and there’s no excuses for it. We’ve been in the same circumstance as anybody here so credit to North for having a lot of energy and covering space well across the field.”
Rumrey said the defensive play of Courtney Denn, Jaida Ross and Brooklyn Snow was instrumental in helping goalkeeper Brinley O’Neill keep a clean sheet.
For South, junior goalkeeper Skylar Farmer came up with a few saves to preserve the shutout.
GRANTS PASS 2, ROSEBURG 0: At Roseburg, Grants Pass secured its second shutout as the Cavers improved to 2-0 and 1-0 in Southwest Conference play with the road win.
Grants Pass has now outscored its opponents 7-0 to start the season.
GRANTS PASS 3, ROSEBURG 2: At Roseburg, Wesley Frye and Elijah Elliott each notched a goal and an assist to lead Grants Pass to the Southwest Conference victory.
Frye scored in the 13th minute off an assist by Elliott, who tallied in the 49th on an assist by Bryant Perry for the Cavemen (2-1, 1-0 SWC).
John Paul Allen’s goal off a Frye assist in the 63rd minute put GP up 3-1.
CRATER 1, MARSHFIELD 1: At Coos Bay, senior Parker Bryant scored the equalizer for Crater in the 30th minute on a booming 30-yard shot just under the crossbar.
Marshfield scored in the first 10 minutes to grab the initial lead.
Joaquim Balle, a sophomore goalkeeper, stopped nine shots for the Comets (1-0-1).
BEAVERTON 1, EAGLE POINT 0: At Beaverton, A.J. King scored 30 minutes into the nonleague contest as Beaverton (3-2) spoiled Eagle Point’s season debut.
The Eagles had a strong scoring opportunity in the final two minutes but a header following a free kick from outside the box was unsuccessful.
Center back Elvis Cisneros keyed the Eagle Point defense.
PHOENIX 1, MOLALLA 1: At Molalla, Teo Sjoestrand tied the game on a header off a corner kick with two minutes remaining for defending 4A state champion Molalla, which knocked Phoenix out of the state playoffs 6-1 in last season’s quarterfinals.
Phoenix (0-0-1) scored in the 26th minute when Ramon Rivera’s pinpoint pass to Gustavo Pinon was converted from about 12 yards out.
The Pirates received strong play from junior defender Joe Navas and sophomore midfielder Randy Rodriguez.
ST. MARY’S 4, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0: At Cave Junction, St. Mary’s built a commanding three-goal lead through the first half en route to the District 5 win.
Preston Jernigan’s crossing pass in the 15th minute ricocheted off the Cougars’ goalkeeper and a pursuing defender for an own goal to open the scoring, then Luka Cvijanovic finished off a cross by Justin Silsbee with a header goal in the 20th minute.
Pablo Cortez’s rebound goal made it 3-0 at halftime, and Milan Bobek assisted Cortez for the final tally in the second half for the Crusaders (1-1, 1-0 Dist. 5).
Hunter Holdermann saved a penalty kick by Illinois Valley (1-1, 1-1) in the first half and Nathan Sternenberg secured the shutout in goal in the second half.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 3, PACIFIC 1: At Port Orford, Cascade Christian senior Kevin Wayda had a goal and an assist as the Challengers made a winner of head coach Joe Winters in his District 5 debut.
Wayda scored in the 41st minute off an assist by Jonathon McCoy, who added another assist in the 58th minute on a goal by Gabe Vidlak. The Challengers (1-0, 1-0 Dist. 5) went up 3-0 in the 69th minute when Ryan Vidlak scored on an assist by Wayda.
ROGUE RIVER 2, CANYONVILLE CHRISTIAN 2: At Canyonville, Garren Decker scored in the fifth minute and Derrick Geiger tallied in the 14th minute for Rogue River in District 5 play.
Sebastian Poston assisted Geiger’s goal for Rogue River (1-0-1, 0-0-1 Dist. 5), which allowed goals in the 25th and 28th minutes.