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Grizzly girls stun North in shootout

ASHLAND -- You don't expect much offense from your stopper, and consequently Dylan St. Claire hasn't taken many shots at the goal this fall.

However, the junior defender made good on a rare opportunity Tuesday as Ashland spoiled North Medford's perfect Southern Oregon Conference girls soccer season.

St. Claire laced the ball into the upper left-hand corner of the net to give the Grizzlies a 3-2 shootout victory and force North to share the SOC championship with South Medford.

We haven't beaten North in I don't know how many years, St. Claire said. All of us wanted it so bad that we wouldn't ever give up.

While North still gets the SOC's No. — berth in the state playoffs, Ashland needs a playoff victory Thursday at Klamath Union to gain a state playoff spot.

Ashland rallied for two second-half goals to send the match into overtime and then matched the Black Tornado kick for kick in a shootout.

Both sides converted three of their first four penalty kicks in the shootout. That left North's Tenille Bennett, who had knocked in two first-half goals, going face-to-face with Ashland goalie Jenny Spears, while St. Claire matched wits with North goalie Melissa McEwen.

But Spears didn't have to move to block Bennett's shot, giving the St. Claire a make-or-break attempt.

I've done the same thing before, St. Claire said. You kick the ball right to the goalie and you get so frustrated.

St. Claire had been in one previous shootout situation this fall, finding the net in a pivotal loss to Roseburg.

I was so nervous, I was shaking uncontrollably, St. Claire said. I was still shaking 10 minutes after the game. I knew I had to get it in. I kept telling myself, `You can do it, you can do it.'

She had gone to the left before with success and went there again.

I wasn't sure if the ball was going in the air or not, but it was going to the left.

McEwen dove, but the ball sailed beyond her grasp.

It was such a relief, seeing the ball go into the net, St. Claire said. This is the best feeling ever.

In regulation play, Bennett scored on an assist from Lu Crenshaw 14 minutes into the match and added another goal on a breakaway 12 minutes before the half.

Jenni Rosenberg responded for Ashland, taking a pass from Christina Cooley and scoring from 8 yards out 10 minutes into the second half.

With one minute to play in regulation, Rosenberg took a pass from Shey Yearsley and scored.

North Medford fired off three shots in overtime, but Spears nabbed all three.

Rosenberg, Anne Linton and Hanna Seltzer scored for Ashland in the shootout before Jessica Bullen missed.

Katie Longan converted, Heather Johnson missed high, while Lu Crenshaw and Jamie MacLauchlan made their penalty kicks to make it 3-3 before the final shots.

KLAMATH UNION 2, CRATER 0 -- At Klamath Falls, Betsy Hackett scored on a penalty kick seven minutes into the second half to break a scoreless tie. Oakley Hager also scored for the Pelicans.

Crater coach Mark Tewes praised the defensive efforts of Trina Tewes, Sarah Baker and Allison Gray, and the play of midfielder Alina Torrey.

SOUTH MEDFORD 7, EAGLE POINT 2 -- At Fichtner-Mainwaring Field, Eagle Point jumped out to a 2-0 advantage with early goals from Sonia Stovall and junior forward Stephine Lucas.

But Panthers' senior forward Darcey Maukonen led South's comeback charge with a pair of goals. Iris Noack, Kylie Henlay, Emily Perttu and freshman Colleen Salisbury each found the net for South.

ROSEBURG 5, GRANTS PASS 2 -- At Roseburg, Rachel Stribling recorded the first hat trick in the 12-year history of the program, scoring at the fifth, 38th and 45th minutes.

Lindsey O'Bryne and Nina Fouts also scored for the Indians. Stacy Seetham scored for Grants Pass, which also benefitted from a Roseburg own goal.

SOC Boys

SOUTH MEDFORD 2, EAGLE POINT — -- At Eagle Point, winless Eagle Point gave South Medford everything it wanted and more before Josh Neville and Pat Lower scored second-half goals for the Panthers.

That was our best match of the year, Eagle Point coach Coco Ortiz said.

South Medford coach Dave Potter agreed.

They didn't play like a team that hadn't won (an SOC) game, Potter said. It was their last chance. They were playing a No. — team and they gave it everything they had.

Eagle Point's Brad Crawford broke a scoreless tie seven minutes into the second half with a shot that just eluded South goalie Mark Goerke.

That was the best thing that could've happened, Potter said. Until they put the ball in the net, my guys didn't have their concentration in place.

Neville scored 10 minutes later. Then Ben Buchta stole the ball and passed to Chris Gillingham, who set up Lower.

GRANTS PASS 4, ROSEBURG — -- At Grants Pass, junior forward Jason Knight notched a hat trick with senior forward Francisco Miranda assisting on all three goals as the Cavemen clinched a tie for their first SOC championship.

Ian Erickson opened the scoring for the Cavemen with an unassisted goal eight minutes into the contest.

Whitney Sweet scored Roseburg's goal 48 minutes into the contest.

CRATER 5, KLAMATH UNION — -- At Central Point, Cody Holm scored four goals as the Comets closed out their season with a win.

Jesse Juarez scored one goal and assisted on another, while Alex Casey scored late in the second half for KU.

District 6 Girls

ROGUE RIVER 3, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0 -- At Rogue River, senior Shae Wright helped keep Rouge River in the playoff picture with a pair of goals against.

Keri Cain opened the scoring in the second half, converting on a pass form Allison Bailey. Rogue River junior goal keeper Sarah Zempel earned the shutout.

Rogue River outshot the Cougars 45-1 and took a 1-0 advantage into intermission.

PHOENIX 3, ST. MARY'S 0 -- At Talent, Jennifer Bones, Lisa Perry and Annie Kulig each knocked in a goal as Phoenix remained on a playoff pace.

Junior goal keeper Tara Curtis recorded her fifth shutout of the season.