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Noack's second-half goal fuels South, 1-0

Iris Noack has been money in the bank for the South Medford girls soccer team all season.

Once again Saturday, the senior forward found the goal at a critical time as South Medford defeated visiting Roseburg 1-0 at Fichtner-Mainwaring Park.

I was getting nervous there for a while, admitted first-year South Medford coach Leslie Lang. We didn't play our best game, but we were able to pull it off.

Noack, whom Lang says has averaged a goal per game in South's nine outings, calmed her coach's fears with 15 minutes left in the second half. Noack corralled the ball 18 yards from the goal and laced a shot in the upper right-hand corner, beyond Roseburg goalkeeper Kari Wheeler's reach.

We outshot them 18-2, we dominated, said Lang, whose team improved to 5-3-1 overall and 3-0 in the SOC. We had quite a few chances, but their goalkeeper was positioned well.

It just wasn't our best game. We've had a lot of girls sick and injured and we're just trying to nurse them back to health.

There was little question about South's defensive health where sweeper Kathleen Narus and fullbacks Stacey Lambert, Marissa Gillingham and Emily Perttu owned the field. Lang also applauded midfielder Rachel Vandenberg's performance.

Everyone is looking toward the big game with North (Oct. 24) and that's going to be the biggest game in the conference, Lang said. But ultimately, we want to do well at state.

NORTH MEDFORD 2, CRATER 0 -- At Central Point, the Black Tornado ended a scoreless match in the 60th minute with an unassisted goal by Heather Johnson.

Tennille Bennett scored an unassisted goal 10 minutes later to cushion the shutout.

North Medford outshot the Comets 13-1 in the first half of play and 15-2 in the second half.

They (the Comets) were pumped and ready to go, North Medford coach Dick Darcey said. And their goalie (Kate Jenkins) was outstanding.

Jenkins recorded 18 saves.

She's very active in the goal, Crater coach Mark Tewes said. She just had an instant beed when shots were taken on her.

Tewes praised the play of his defense and senior sweeper Trisha Tewes.

The defense as a whole played well, he said. Trisha stepped up and created a lot of positive soccer for us today.

Darcey praised the play of North midfielders Katie Long and Katie Grace.

I was really pleased with the way they were playing, he said.

GRANTS PASS 5, EAGLE POINT 2 -- At Grants Pass, freshman halfback Nastasha Crook and sophomore Jeanelle Thompson each scored a pair of goals as Grants Pass held off Eagle Point. The Cavers took a 3-0 lead into intermission.

Stephanie Lucas answered for the Eagles, scoring a pair of goals to open the second half.

Eagle Point got outshot in the contest 10-4. With the win Grants Pass improves to 1-2 in the SOC.

KLAMATH UNION 3, ASHLAND — -- At Klamath Falls, Klamath Union exploded for three second-half goals after a scoreless opening period.

KU took a 1-0 lead 12 minutes into the second half on Shannon Davison's goal.

Jenni Rosenberg evened the score for Ashland two minutes later. Rosenberg took a pass from Shey Yearsley off an indirect kick from 20 yards out and booted the ball around the Pelican wall into the goal.

Sam Gilbert gave the Pels the lead for good on a goal with 22 minutes gone, then Dana Buchanan added an insurance goal with less than two minutes remaining in the match.

Ashland goalie Jenni Spears recorded eight saves in the net.