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Vilarino twins propel North Medford girls

The Vilarino twins, Kelly and Nicole, are back in top form for North Medford's girls soccer team.

Both senior sisters have been hampered by anterior cruciate ligament surgery over the past two years.

The Vilarino's showed no adverse effects from the knee operations Friday at Hoffbuhr Field. The sisters had a role in the Black Tornado's first four goals en route to a 6-0 North Medford victory against visiting Woodburn.

— Nicole Vilarino was responsible for North's first goal about 10 minutes into the game when her pressure caused Bulldog goalkeeper Stephanie Beamer to lose control of the ball, allowing an own goal.

The Black Tornado scored two minutes later when Kelly Vilarino volleyed in a crossing pass from sister Nicole from about 15 yards away.

Nicole Vilarino scored North's third goal off a pass from freshman Justine Lawson, then Kelly Vilarino completed the first-half scoring near the end of the period off an assist from Emily Gross.

They're very active, North Medford coach Dick Darcy said of the Vilarino twins. They're quick, fast and aggressive. They don't give up. I'm looking for a good year from them.

In the second half, Amber Withol scored unassisted and North captain Kadi Driver headed in a corner kick from Withol.

North Medford (3-0-1) got the shutout from junior goalie Katie Kunkle.

The girls played well together, said Darcy. They're working to help each other on the field. We just have to refine our finishing a little bit.

SOUTH MEDFORD 3, CANBY — ' Striking for three goals in a six-minute span early in the second half, eighth-ranked South Medford earned its first victory of the season in nonconference action at Fichtner-Mainwaring Park.

Kaylyn Knutson started the binge by finishing a one-on-one with the Canby goalkeeper in the seventh minute of the second half.

Amber Stevens took an assist from Kelsey Corbin to score little more than a minute later, then completed the Panthers' output with a right-footed rocket from 25 yards out.

South (1-1) and Canby each missed penalty kicks in the second half, with Panthers goalkeeper Amanda Steiger sprawling to her right to deny the Cougars' opportunity in the match's closing moments.

South enjoyed an 11-8 edge in shots on goal.

EAGLE POINT 5, MCKAY 0 ' At Salem, undefeated Eagle Point blitzed McKay with four goals in the first 19 minutes of the nonconference match.

Alisa Goslin scored the first goal for the Eagles (2-0) off an assist from Andie Wilkinson in the second minute.

Lindsey Jolliffe made the score 2-0 on an unassisted goal at the eight-minute mark.

Alyssa McClellan converted on Sheyanne Bier's assist, then Bier finished the first half scoring.

Carolyn Rotar made it 5-0 five minutes into the second period. Kaitlin Vait assisted.

CRATER 1, ARCATA 0 ' At Central Point, Kasidy Reina scored the game's lone goal as Crater improved to 3-0 with the nonconference win.

Janelle Stoner assisted Reina just two minutes into the contest to give the Comets the lead for good.

Goalkeeper Summer Adams made three key saves in the second half to help preserve the shutout for Crater, which outshot Arcata, Calif., 14-12.

GRANTS PASS 1, EUREKA — ' At Grants Pass, Jakki Pilcher scored the game-tying goal early in the second half during the nonconference tilt.

Corey Harris put Eureka, Calif., up 1-0 in the eighth minute of the first half.

The Cavers (1-0-1) scored the equalizer in the 42nd minute when Megan Franko's shot hit the post and bounced to Pilcher who tapped it in.


SOUTH MEDFORD 3, CANBY — ' At Canby, senior forward Joel Connors was in the middle of the action for third-ranked South Medford (3-0).

Connors scored the Panthers' first goal seven minutes into the game, then assisted on two others.

Connors took advantage of excellent passing from Corey O'Neill and Josh Williams on South's initial goal.

Next, Connors beat the Canby defense, then drew the opposing goalkeeper his way before slipping a pass across the goal mouth to O'Neill, who found the back of the net in the 12th minute.

The Panthers sealed it on a header by O'Neill off Connors' cross just 10 seconds before the final whistle.

South Medford outshot Canby, 10-4, and had five corner kicks to one for the Cougars.

WOODBURN 3, NORTH MEDFORD — ' At Woodburn, James Kidwell provided North Medford's goal seven minutes into the second half.

The junior midfielder dribbled the ball to the center of the field, then boomed a shot high into the net from 28 yards.

Woodburn senior forward Oscar Estrada scored two of the Bulldogs' three first-half goals.

Black Tornado junior Max Brown and sophomore Scott Reid played strong in the defensive end, and junior midfielder Aidan Morrell came off the bench to give North (1-1-1) a boost.

North Medford goalkeeper Oscar Benitez stopped two penalty kicks and made several other good saves.