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Penalty kick leaves Tornado fit to be tied

EUGENE -- A controversial penalty in the box allowed South Eugene to score a goal with 30 seconds remaining and escape with a 3-3 tie against North Medford in girls soccer on Saturday.

Lu Crenshaw scored off an assist from Tennille Bennett with eight minutes to play that gave the Black Tornado a 3-2 lead, its first of the day.

North Medford appeared on its way to victory when the official made what Tornado coach Dick Darcy termed a mystery penalty call.

We don't know who he called it on or why he called it, Darcy said. You take your losses and you take your ties, but this one was baffling.

North Medford goalie Hawley Puett, who had a strong game overall, failed to stop the one-on-one penalty kick.

North Medford, now 1-0-1 following a season-opening victory over Corvallis on Friday, trailed 2-0 at halftime but stormed back in the second half on goals by Crenshaw and Ashlee Giles.

In the second half we came out and played well, Darcy said. Now we need to do that for a full game.

Center midfielder Heather Johnson, center fullback Jamie MacLauchlan and freshman midfielder McKenzie Weiler all turned in solid efforts, Darcy said.

CORVALLIS 2, SOUTH MEDFORD — -- At Corvallis, a depleted South Medford lost by one goal for the second time in two days during a Willamette Valley road trip.

The Panthers dropped a 6-5 decision to South Eugene on Friday.

South was missing eight varsity players who didn't make the trip because of the death of Tyler Carlton on Monday.

Corvallis led 2-0 at halftime.

The Panthers' only goal came on Tiffany Mason's penalty kick at the 58th minute.

Sophomores Emily Perttu and Kathleen Narus filled the leadership void for South. Perttu put constant pressure on the Corvallis defense from her midfield position, while Narus directed the Panthers' defensive efforts in the second half.

ASHLAND 8, CROOK COUNTY 0 -- At Prine-ville, Rachell Grubbs, Jenni Rosenberg and Kirsten McNaught scored two goals each in the season-opening victory Friday.

Grubbs converted on the initial goal at the eight minute mark and the Grizzlies built the lead to 5-0 at halftime.

Ashland goalies Jenny Spears and Alexi Stokes combined for the shutout.

Boys Soccer

SOUTH EUGENE 6, NORTH MEDFORD 0 -- South Eugene completed a two-day sweep through Southern Oregon with the shutout at District Field.

The Axemen knocked off defending Class 4A state champion South Medford 3-1 on Friday.

North only trailed 1-0 at halftime, but South Eugene scored in the first three minutes of the second half to take command.

The Axemen added three goals in the final 15 minutes.

North's best scoring opportunity came in the first minute when Josh Badcock's penalty kick in the low left corner of the net was deflected away from the net.

Black Tornado fullbacks Kaveh Asgharian and Dominic Crenshaw played effectively on the defensive end.

CORVALLIS 6, SOUTH MEDFORD — --Alex Porter and Rick Cronkite scored two goals apiece as Corvallis drubbed South Medford in the non-conference contest at Fichtner-Mainwaring Park.

The visiting Spartans scored six minutes into the contest and led 5-0 at halftime.

South Medford avoided a shutout when Damian Ramussen took a pass from freshman Pat Lower and arched in a 25-yard shot to the far post.

photo by Andy Atkinson North Medford boys soccer player Jeff Zimmer (21) goes up in the middle against South Eugene goalkeeper Brendan Roseta as teammate Scott Jolly watches.