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Maukonen lifts Panthers to 5-2 victory

ASHLAND -- Darcy Maukonen has been a solid player all season for the South Medford girls soccer team, but the senior midfielder raised her performance to another level Tuesday in a Southern Oregon Conference match against Ashland.

Maukonen scored one goal and assisted on two others as South Medford pulled away in the second half for a 5-2 victory over the Grizzlies.

We have become a second-half team, South Medford first-year coach Leslie Lang said. We made some adjustments at halftime. We moved Darcy from midfield to forward and that opened up some space for us and we found a rhythm.

The Panthers (6-3-1, 4-0 SOC) led 2-1 at intermission, but Hannah Seltzer knotted the score at 2-all with a goal just three minutes into the second half.

We got beat on the outside, said Lang, They crossed it in and found an unmarked player.

But South responded two minutes later when Tiffany Mason recorded her second goal of the match. Mason launched a high-velocity shot from 25 yards out that went into the upper-right corner of the Grizzlies' net.

The Panthers clinched the game with goals in the 31st and 33rd minute, both on assists from Maukonen.

After Mason gave South the initial lead at 19 minutes into the game, Ashland tied the score on Jenni Rosenberg's rebound goal off a shot by Rachell Grubbs.

Then Maukonen connected on a spectacular goal at the 37th minute to put South ahead 2-1.

Marissa Gillingham took a free kick on South's defensive third of the field. Maukonen picked off the kick in the air and volleyed the shot into the goal from about 10 yards out.

It was probably the nicest goal I've seen by any team so far this season, said Lang. Darcy was making great runs off the ball. She's such a strong player and she was in the right place at the right time.

NORTH MEDFORD 2, KLAMATH UNION — -- Tennille Bennett scored the game-winning goal in the ninth minute of overtime to lift North Medford to a key Southern Oregon Conference victory.

Heather Johnson broke a scoreless tie in the second half with a goal at the 44th minute for North, off an assist from Lu Crenshaw.

Johnson also earned the assist on Bennett's goal.

Klamath Union's Sam Gilbert tied the match 1-1 with a goal at the 72nd minute off an assist from Dana Buchanan.

North Medford managed a 13-3 edge in shots on goal.

ROSEBURG 2, EAGLE POINT 0 -- At Roseburg, senior strikers Gina Ostby and Rachel Stribling each scored unassisted goals to lead the Indians.

Eagle Point's leading scorer Stephanie Lucas was shut down offensively by Roseburg's junior stopper Courtney Hargreves.

Roseburg outshot Eagle Point 26-9, with Kairi Wheeler posting her third shutout of the season in goal.

CRATER 2, GRANTS PASS — -- At Grants Pass, freshman striker Stacey Schmelzer scored a pair of break away goals to lead Crater.

Alina Torrey assisted Schmelzer's first goal, with Megan Confer providing the key assist on the second goal.

Crater outshot Grants Pass 14-6, and improved to 5-2-2 overall. With the loss, Grants Pass dropped to 3-4-1 overall.

District 6

PHOENIX 2, MAZAMA — -- At Klamath Falls, Helen Shorland and Laura Jacobs each scored to lead Phoenix.

I was pleased with goalkeeper Tara Curtis and senior captain Laura Jacobs, Phoenix coach Dan Sporrer said. Both played real strong. We didn't play very well (as a team), but we played well enough to win.

Annie Kulig earned an assist on Shorland's effort at the 19th minute, with Jacobs scoring an unassisted goal at the 30th minute.

Dena Young scored Mazama's lone goal with an unassisted effort at the 64th minute.

Mazama maintained a 24-13 edge in shots on goal, but was repeatedly thwarted by the Pirates' defense.