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South Medford girls begin conference action with 3-0 win

CENTRAL POINT -- Iris Noack, Emily Perttu and Abby Fowler each scored goals as South Medford defeated Crater 3-0 in the Southern Oregon Conference girls soccer opener for both teams Wednesday at Central Point Elementary School.

Noack connected on a looping shot from 20 yards out to the right nine minutes into the game to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead.

Seven minutes into the second half Perttu drilled in a shot on the left side from 16 yards out. Then Fowler arched a shot that Crater goalie Kate Jenkins couldn't reach in the final minute.

Crater's best shot at scoring came when Stacey Schmelzer broke away in the middle of the second half. But her shot bounced off the right upright.

The Comets (3-1-2) got off to a rocky start when freshman Laura Richardson broke her wrist five minutes into the match.

That set the tone for us, said Crater coach Mark Tewes. (South) had a very nice possession game. Our defense was forcing shots from the outside in the first half. But as we tired that changed.

ASHLAND 3, EAGLE POINT 0 -- At Eagle Point, Jenni Rosenberg scored two of Ashland's three goals in a four-minute span to give the Grizzlies their first SOC victory.

Rosenberg scored first at the 16th minute off an assist from Rachell Grubbs, then added her second of the first half at the 20th minute off an assist from Jessica Bullen.

Grubbs scored between Rosenberg's efforts at the 18th minute, with Bullen notching the assist.

Jenny Spears posted three saves to earn the shutout in goal, with Ashland (5-2, 1-0) boasting a 25-10 edge in shots on goal.

Eagle Point dropped to 4-2 overall and 0-1 in conference with the loss.