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South Medford outwits Sheldon, earns 2-1 win

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South Medford used a little deception on a direct kick and it produced the winning goal as the Panthers defeated Sheldon, 2-1, in non-conference boys soccer Friday at Fichtner-Mainwaring Park.

South seized an opportunity near the end of the match to break a 1-1 tie when a foul was called on the Irish just outside the penalty area straight up from the Sheldon goal. Craig Tomlins approached the ball on the direct kick, but Josh Neville took the 20-yard boot that bent around Sheldon's four-man wall and deflected off a player into the net.

We played a little bit impatient, said South Medford coach Dave Potter, and that resulted in some turnovers and sloppy play. Yet we maintained enough composure to win the game.

The Panthers (2-2-1) took the initial lead at the 15th minute on senior midfielder Ethan Wallenberg's header off a throw-in by Bryce Martin.

Sheldon tied the score at 1-1 on a one-touch finish by Chad Corliss at the 24th minute.

Andy Riggs and Kyle Hadley split time in the net for the Panthers, who outshot Sheldon 12-9 and had a 5-2 advantage in corner kicks.

SHELDON 2, SOUTH MEDFORD 0-- At Eugene, Sheldon's Saraid Faville scored one goal in each half of the non-conference match.

South Medford (2-3) defenders Abby Fowler and Kathleen Narus won a lot of balls with aggressive play in the Panthers' zone, and Fowler also created some opportunities on the offensive end.

— Water Polo

GRIZZLIES WIN-- At Ashland, the host Grizzly boy and girl and teams defeated West Albany in non-conference affairs at the Southern Oregon University pool.

The Grizzly boys got four goals from Jordan McFarland in a 16-3 victory. The Ashland girls won 14-3 behind goalie Liz Alrick's seven blocks.

In the boys win, goalies Kyler Asher had five blocks and Derek McBaine three. Brad Scoles and Adam Foley each had two goals and eight steals.

For the Grizzly girls, Vanessa Walker recorded four goals, three assists and two steals. Jessica Mattson added four goals and Quinn Brightenburg three.

— Volleyball

BUTTE FALLS 15-8-15, NORTH LAKE 7-15-6-- At Butte Falls, the Loggers improved to 3-0 in the Skyline A Southern Division as junior outside hitter Elizabeth McLauchlan recorded 14 kills in 21 attacks.

Sophomore Jessica Dunlap notched four of Butte Falls' 14 aces and dished out 14 assists. Junior Jade Torres had 10 digs.