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Panthers have too much kick for Eagles

EAGLE POINT -- Eagle Point realized that Saturday's Southern Oregon Conferencegirls soccer match with fifth-ranked South Medford would be a challenge.But the task became much more difficult with two starters out.

The depleted Eagles couldn't compensenate for the lack of personnel ina 5-0 loss at Eagle Stadium.

Eagle Point was forced to insert leading scorer Stephanie Lucas at goalieafter regular keeper Katie Stanley proved ineffective. Stanley, who gaveup four goals in the first half, was trying to come back from a torn achillestendon that had sidelined her for the three previous matches.

Katie tried to go in the first half, Eagle Point coach TimSweeney said. We tried to bring her back for this one, but she justdidn't have it.

That showed early on a shot by South Medford freshman Abby Fowler thatslipped through Stanley's hands.

The Panthers upped their lead to 2-0 at the 21st minute on Tiffany Mason'sheader off a pass from Darcy Maukonen.

Junior Iris Noack scored five minutes latter when she turned on the balland drove it into the net.

Marissa Gillingham scored unassited at the 32nd minute to complete theopening-half scoring.

She really did a beautiful move on my sweeper to get free,said Sweeney of Gillingham. She was just too fast for our kid.

Fowler got her second goal of the match at the 77th minute to completethe scoring.

South dominated play, as evidenced by its 29-0 shots on goal advantage.

They take you out of what you want to do with their ability topass the ball and spread the field, said Sweeney. Their passingis crisp, they play with a lot of confidence and they understand their system.It seems like they had 13 girls to our 11.

Lucas, who leads the Eagles with 10 goals on the season, made 10 savesin goal during the second half.

We were short at goal keeping and wanted to stop the bleeding,explained Sweeney of his decision to move Lucas into the net. Shedid a tremendous job back there.

KLAMATH UNION 3, CRATER 0 -- At Crater, Sara Beggs led the Pelicans totheir win with a goal in the first 10 minutes of the game with an assistby Samantha Gilbert.

With a minute to go in the first half, Sara Stacey managed to get a goalunassisted to make the score 2-0 at the first half.

In the second half, Betsy Hackett got the ball in the net off of a fumblein front of the goal to end the scoring.

Crater coach Mark Tewes said his defense played great. He was particularlyhappy with midfielder Allison Gray and stopper Amanda Richardson.

ASHLAND 5, MAZAMA — -- At Ashland, Melissa Keevil and Kristin Wrightscored two goals each to pace Ashland to the SOC win.

Nora Ryan had the Grizzlies' first goal five minutes into the match.

Sarah Guetzloe connected for Mazama off a header assist from Krissy Youngin the 12th minute.

Although Ashland outshot Mazama 16-11, the Vikings missed several goalsby inches.

The Vikings got some other bad luck when Jamie Parsons sprained her ankleduring warmups and missed the match.

ROSEBURG 2, GRANTS PASS 0 -- At Roseburg, freshman goalie Kairi Wheelerrecorded her second shutout of the season, helping the Indians to theirfirst SOC victory.

After a scoreless first half, freshman Rachel Stribling gave Roseburgits first goal 26 minutes into the second half.

With two mintues remaining in the game, Marisa Moller added an insurancegoal on a penalty kick.

Grants Pass outshot the Indians 22-14.

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