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South win bolsters optimism

KLAMATH FALLS -- If there are any chinks in the armor, South Medford sure hasn't let them come to light.

Even without their top effort, the Panthers proved more than enough for Klamath Union Saturday as goalie Kristal Capsey earned her second shutout in a 2-0 victory.

The victory helped South improve to 2-0 in Southern Oregon Conference play and 4-2-1 overall after playing a tough non-league schedule.

Even with the early success, South coach Leslie Lang said her Panthers have only scratched the surface of their capabilities.

They are showing really well right now, but they have a lot more to give, the first-year coach said. There's a lot of potential for the end of the season when the state playoffs come along.

Leading that optimism has been the balance between South's offense and defense.

I couldn't even give a weakness right now, Lang said. They're so strong in the midfield and on defense and offense. And it's just amazing the depth we have. Hopefully we can just carry that potential through to the end of the season.

Klamath gave South a run for its money in the first half, dominating the action to no avail as the teams opened the second half in a scoreless tie.

Tiffany Mason finally broke the ice in the 60th minute, taking a pass from Kathleen Narus and then beating the Pelican goalkeeper.

She's very good at those, Lang said. Tiffany will normally score on those one-on-one chances.

Five minutes later, Iris Noack scored an unassisted goal, curling in a left-footed shot from the end line.

South closed the game with a 14-3 edge in shots on goal, with many of Klamath's scoring chances thwarted by defender Marissa Gillingham.

CRATER 4, EAGLE POINT 2, -- At Central Point, senior fullback Sarah Baker led the Comets with two goals and Stacey Schmelzer and Marie Richardson added one apiece, as Crater squared its SOC record at 1-1 and improved to 4-1-2 on the overall.

Baker's first goal came off a corner kick with Alina Torrey getting the assist 11 minutes into the first half. Eleven minutes later, freshman striker Schmelzer converted on Torrey's second assist.

Eagle Point's Stephanie Lucas answered with the first of two goals eight minutes before the half and scored again two minutes later.

Crater outshot the Eagles 19-10.

ROSEBURG 2, ASHLAND — (Overtime shootout) -- At Ashland, Roseburg outscored Ashland 4-3 during the shootout to hand the Grizzlies their SOC setback.

Morgan Downie, Erin Goodell, Rachel Stribling and Lindsay Johnson converted kicks for the Indians, while Jenni Rosenberg, Jessica Bullen and Dylan St. Claire scored for Ashland. Roseburg goalie Kari Wheeler contributed two critical saves in the shootout.

After a scoreless first half, Roseburg scored on Stribling's shot 13 minutes into the second half.

Ashland (5-3) countered with 11 minutes remaining when Hanna Seltzer scored with an assist from Rosenberg.