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Longan's goal boosts North

GRANTS PASS-- North Medford's Katie Longan struggled early against Grants Pass during the final Southern Oregon Conference regular season girls soccer match Tuesday.

Longan, slowed by a leg injury, was taken out of the game by North Medford coach Dick Darcy at one point. But given another chance, the senior midfielder made the most of the opportunity.

Longan -- one of four senior captains -- scored the game's only goal midway through the second half as North Medford clinched its fourth straight SOC championship by blanking the Cavers 1-0.

The Black Tornado (9-5, 6-1 SOC) will have to share this year's title with crosstown rival South Medford. And the Panthers get the SOC No. — seed in the Class 4A state playoffs due to a shootout victory over the Black Tornado on Oct. 13.

North Medford hosts the Midwestern League No. — school -- Churchill or North Eugene -- in the opening round of the state playoffs Nov. 6. Despite the loss, Grants Pass secured the SOC's No. 4 seed to postseason.

Grants Pass' defensive strategy gave North problems as the teams were scoreless through the first 60 minutes.

They packed it back like Klamath Falls did, said Darcy. We were struggling to score.

Then Longan took a through pass from senior defender Jamie McLaughlan and nailed a shot in the upper right corner of the net.

She (Longan) didn't perform early by her own admission, said Darcy. She wanted to go back in and redeem herself. And she did.

The Black Tornado defense wasn't tested too often, but when it was, McLauchlan, Kathy Thiebes and Julia Clark put the clamps on most Caver attacks.

North senior goalie Hawley Puett was up to the task when Grants Pass did penetrate with its six shots.

She (Puett) was in the right place all the time, said Darcy. She has really come along well this year.

ASHLAND 4, EAGLE POINT 0-- At Eagle Point, senior forward Kirsten McNaught scored three goals and junior goalie Jenny Spears had seven saves to record the shutout.

McNaught tallied two first-half goals to provide the Grizzlies a 2-0 lead at intermission.

Hanna Seltzer converted for Ashland in the 69th minute off an assist from Jessica Bullen, then McNaught headed a pass by Lindsay Huyett to complete the hat trick in the final minute.

High-scoring Eagle Point senior Stephanie Lucas didn't score. She finished the season with 37 goals and came up two shy of 100 for her career.

Ashland (4-9, 2-5 SOC) outshot the Eagles, 31-13.

ROSEBURG 5, CRATER 0-- At Roseburg, Rachel Stribling registered her first hat trick of the season as the Indians cruised into the state playoffs with a five-game winning streak.

The Indians led 4-0 at the half with Morgan Downey breaking the ice two minutes into the match. Stribling then scored three goals between the sixth and 14th minutes of the contest. She has nine goals for the season.

Courtney Hargraves scored a second-half goal for Roseburg, which wrapped up the SOC season 5-2 and 9-2-3 overall.

Crater completed the SOC campaign 0-7 and 1-12-1 overall.