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Tornado tumble, then recover for third tie

EUGENE ' Undeterred by another deficit, the North Medford boys soccer team added another tie to its record Wednesday at Churchill.

The Black Tornado (1-1-3) rallied from an early 2-0 hole to earn a 2-2 draw against the Lancers in nonconference action.

We're starting slow every game, said Rich Garcia, North's 11th-year head coach. It's almost like we have to kick the ball in our own net to get us going. Get us down 1-0, and then we'll be fine.

Jamie Prengaman notched the first Churchill score, heading in a cross from Alex Olson in the 19th minute.

— Jordan Marks made it 2-0 in the 23rd, finishing Francesco Garbuglia's assist.

Luis Cabrera answered quickly for the Tornado, juking a couple defenders before finding the net with the side of his right foot from eight yards out in the 27th.

North pulled even on Brandon De Luca's heady chip of the Lancers' unsuspecting goalkeeper in the 57th.

I've gotta give the kids credit because they battled and came back from a 2-0 deficit when they could've just thrown in the towel, said Garcia, whose squad is trying to put a rare losing season in 2002 in the rear-view mirror.

Substitute midfielder Aidan Morrell and fullbacks Max Brown and Scott Reid turned in valiant performances, Garcia said.

The Tornado forged a 12-11 edge in shots on goal and returns home to face North Eugene at Hoffbuhr Field today at 4 p.m.

Girls

PHOENIX 3, ASHLAND — ' At Ashland, Phoenix, ranked fifth in Class 3A, showcased its offensive firepower against its 4A neighbor under the lights at North Mountain Park.

Larrisa Wiltrout started the scoring with a putback of Marci Klemik's rip off the post late in the first half to give the Pirates (1-2) a 1-0 edge.

Ashland (1-2-1) responded with Maddy Stokes' steal and assist to Jamie Roupp midway through the second stanza.

Phoenix came right back with Kelly Riley's driven cross to Klimek for a one-time finish.

Sarah Kieffer then iced the nonconference victory by heading home a corner kick from Sarah Kieffer.

The sides played to a 10-10 draw in shots on goal, while the Pirates constructed a 9-2 advantage in corners.

Phoenix goalkeeper Jaclyn Unruh denied Roupp's one-one-one chance in the second half and made six saves in all.

CHURCHILL 2, NORTH MEDFORD — ' Amber Wihtol's late goal on an assist from Aleisha Stormberg was too little as North Medford suffered its first loss of the season.

The Black Tornado allowed Anna Shaver's tally in the opening two minutes at Hoffbuhr Field and a second Lancers score by Tori Ebenbeck later in the first half.

North fell to 4-1-1 with the nonconference defeat.

GRANTS PASS 14, MARSHFIELD 0 ' At Grants Pass, Megan Carter, Megan Franko and Katie Lamont combined for eight of Grant Pass' 14 goals.

Carter scored four times and Franko and Lamont twice each as the Cavers (3-0-1) cruised to a nonconference thrashing.