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Panthers rebound with rout of Klamath


Youthful South Medford bounced back from a pair of weekend losses with an 8-1 non-conference girls soccer win over visiting Klamath Union Tuesday at Fichtner-Mainwaring Park.

The Panthers (2-2) jumped to a 5-0 lead at the half and didn't surrender a goal until Klamath Union junior Sam Gilbert scored with four minutes to play.

Sophomore forward Colleen Salisbury led the Panthers' parade with two goals and an assist. Sophomore forward Brittany Quinowski and junior midfielder Abby Fowler tacked on two goals each.

Sophomore forward Erin Reno and sophomore midfielder Kelsey Jones also scored for the Panthers, who play Sheldon in another non-conference contest Friday.

After losses to South Eugene and Corvallis over the weekend, I think the girls were ready to win one, said second-year coach Leslie Lang. It was a good one for team morale.

South equaled its season high of three goals in the first 11 minutes.

Junior goalie Heather Fossen notched four saves.

NORTH MEDFORD 5, GRANTS PASS 0-- At Varsity Field, Tennille Bennett scored twice as North Medford won the non-conference match.

Bennett took an assist from Chelsea Chamberlain and headed it in at the 14-minute mark for the game's first goal. North's Katie Grace and Bethanie Bryant added unassisted goals for a 3-0 halftime lead.

Heather Johnson scored at the 69th minute on a corner kick from Jamie MacLauchlan. MacLauchlan had another assist, this time to Bennett, at the 78th minute.

CROOK COUNTY 3, EAGLE POINT 1-- At Crook County, Eagle Point lost its first game of the season after opening with four wins and a tie.

Stephanie Lucas scored the Eagles' only goal on an assist from Heather Morton.

SOUTH MEDFORD 2, KLAMATH UNION 1-- At Klamath Falls, Adam Walport came off the bench and provided two assists in the final 90 seconds of the game as South Medford (1-2-1) rallied for its first victory of the year in the non-conference match.

Krister Balme gave Klamath Union a 1-0 halftime lead with a goal at the 39th minute.

South tied the score at 1-1 on a goal by Damian Rasmussen with about — minutes remaining in the contest. Walport, who entered the game with 10 minutes to go, sent a long crossing pass that Rasmussen received in the air, took one touch then booted into the net from 8 yards out.

One minute later, Walport teamed with Adam Flannery for the game-winner. Flannery connected on a high shot from 10 yards away.

The Panther defense, spearheaded by sweeper Craig Tomlins and senior fullbacks Chris Campbell and Ben Buchta, did not allow the Pelicans a shot in the second half after KU made 1-of-5 shots in the opening period.

NORTH MEDFORD 2, GRANTS PASS 0-- At Grants Pass, senior goalie Chris Barringer had an outstanding game in the net as North Medford notched its first victory of the season in the non-conference game.

Barringer stuffed one Caveman breakaway and came out of the net effectively to deter other attacks.

The Black Tornado scored at the 14th minute on a 30-yard shot by junior sweeper Josh Grace off a throw-in by Dominic Crenshaw.

North completed the scoring seven minutes into the second half when Scott Jolly headed in a free kick by Daniel Ferris.

The Black Tornado had a 10-6 advantage in shots and a 10-5 margin in corner kicks.

CROOK COUNTY 2, EAGLE POINT 2-- At Eagle Point, senior Brad Crawford scored twice in the final two minutes as Eagle Point (1-1-2) rallied for a non-conference draw.

Garrett Farwell staked the Cowboys to a 1-0 lead in the first half and Calen Bristow extended Crook County's lead to 2-0 17 minutes into the second half.

Three minutes later, Crawford put the Eagles on the board with a breakaway goal.

With 12 minutes to play, Crawford took a pass from senior P.R. Buractaon and scored again.

ST. MARY'S 1, GLIDE 0-- At Glide, St. Mary's dominated the action, but it took Jordan Frankel's goal from 40 yards in the 77th minute to decide the non-conference match.

St. Mary's forwards Zack Rote and Brian Staver kept the pressure on Glide's defense and helped the Crusaders (2-0-0) control the tempo of the game.

ILLINOIS VALLEY 1, GOLD BEACH 0-- At Illinois Valley, Jason Nelson-Elting of Illinois Valley scored the only goal of the match in the 60th minute on a breakaway and kick into the left corner.

Illinois Valley had a 20-4 edge in shots.