Heartbreak struck North Medford in the final minute of a Southwest Conference girls soccer match Tuesday.
The Sheldon Irish used a late attack to knock off North 1-0 at Hoffbuhr Field Tuesday.
“They got numbers up on us and got a through ball and finished it,” said North Medford coach Jeff Thomas. “Sheldon is the class of the conference and we were with them to the end.”
Sophomore Makayla Scurlock tallied the game’s only goal with 58 seconds remaining on a pass from freshman Kiran Speery.
Hailee Hayes, a senior striker, had two good scoring opportunities in the second half to lead North’s attack.
“(Hayes) played the best game of her career,” said Thomas. “She was composed. She was putting a lot of pressure on their back line all game long.”
Because of injuries and illness, Thomas moved the dynamic Madison Morgan from attacker to center-back and she combined with Jaida Ross and Brooklyn Snow to form an effective defensive alignment.
“It was unfortunate to lose in the last minute,” said Thomas. “We showed a lot of courage and guts and that will propel us in conference play.”
SOUTH MEDFORD 4, ROSEBURG 0: At Roseburg, junior midfielder Whitney Winans put in a pair of first-half goals as South Medford blanked Roseburg in a SWC match.
Winans’ first goal came in the 11th minute off a corner kick, after Madelyn Pineda crossed the ball.
Winans’ second goal came in the 25th minute, off an assist from Baylee Smith, to make it 2-0 at halftime.
Ula Chamberlain scored the third goal in 48th minute, off an assist by Toni Coleman.
Pineda netted the fourth and final goal, in the 55th minute, on a penalty kick after Chloe Alvarez was fouled inside the penalty box.
Goalkeeper Skylar Farmer recorded the shutout in goal and Hayle Mehl played an outstanding overall match for the Panthers (2-0-1, 1-0-1).
SOUTH EUGENE 2, GRANTS PASS 0: At Eugene, Devyn Simmons and Mary Murray had first-half goals for South Eugene during Southwest Conference action.
Grants Pass dropped to 2-2 overall, 1-2 in league. The Axemen are 1-1, 1-0 in the SWC.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 4, CRATER 1: Jenna Worthington and Brighton Plankenhorn each scored a pair of goals to lead host Cascade Christian past Crater in a nonleague match.
Plankenhorn assisted on the opening goal, in the 10th minute, with a through ball to Worthington, who slotted the shot past the keeper from about 12 yards out.
Emily Stephens set up the second goal, in the 23rd minute, with a shot that Plankenhorn followed after the keeper was unable to secure the ball.
A breakaway by Worthington in the 26th minute, from 18 yards out, made it 3-0.
Crater got on the scoreboard in the 34th minute when Izabella Martinez converted a penalty kick to make 3-1 heading into halftime.
The final goal came in the 53rd minute, when Worthington sent a through ball to Plankenhorn, who knocked it home from about 12 yards.
Skyelir Reed played outstanding defense and keeper Lauren Noyes recorded 14 saves for the Comets (0-2), while Audry Quast had a solid game in goal for the Challengers (2-1-1).