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Panthers fall in non-league soccer match

EUGENE -- Leslie Lang was brewing with confidence Saturday after her South Medford girls soccer team edged Klamath Union 2-0.

That confidence remained firm Monday, despite the Panthers' 5-1 loss to Sheldon.

I'm still optimistic, Lang said following the non-conference contest. Sheldon is just a very, very strong team. Our best team didn't show up on the field today, and I think we took home a lot from the game today. I see it as more of a positive than a negative.

The loss dropped South Medford to 4-3-1 overall.

The Panthers had a tough time finding an answer for Sheldon's Saraid Saville, who scored a hat trick in leading her team to the victory. Sheldon also received goals from Heather Carlson and Kelly Schrechengost, but it was Saville who stuck in Lang's mind following the game.

Our defense didn't make it difficult for her, the first-year coach said of Saville. I think she's definitely containable.

South Medford scored its lone goal at the 37th minute of the second half, with Darcy Maukonen finding the net after a cross from Abby Fowler.

CHURCHILL 3, ASHLAND 0 -- At Eugene, Churchill got a first-half goal from Lindsey Newton and second-half scores from Meira Dinsmore and Lindsey Werdell in the non-conference match.

Ashland, 5-4 overall, outshot Churchill 9-7 in the second half but was unable to capitalize on scoring opportunities in the penalty box.

Grizzly keeper Jenny Spears had eight saves.