Tornado tough from start to finish in win
North Medford put together its most complete game of the season and defeated North Eugene, 2-0, in nonconference boys soccer Thursday.
I was very pleased with the way we played today, said Black Tornado coach Rich Garcia, whose team improved to 2-2-2. We came out to play from the start, and that's something we've been struggling with. We've been starting out flat-footed and on our heels. Today we played the whole 80 minutes, and it was probably our best game of the season.
It came at a good time, too. North Medford visits defending co-state champion South Eugene for a 6 p.m. game Saturday.
Junior forward Brandon De Luca started the scoring in the seventh minute, taking a one-touch flick from junior forward Luis Cabrera and depositing it. The play originated on a corner kick.
— In the 50th minute, North Eugene tried to clear the ball from its end, but Cabrera stepped in the way and rocketed the attempt back into the net.
EAGLE POINT 1, HENLEY JV — ' At Eagle Point, Chris Houck buried Eagle Point's first goal of the season in the second minute.
Houck's score was set up by Brian Lew, who stole the ball deep in Hornets' territory and located Houck for a one-time finish.
The Eagles are 0-4-1.
PHOENIX 8, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0 ' At Cave Junction, John Feeney scored four goals as Phoenix (4-1, 3-0 Skyline) rolled to a conference win.
Feeney opened the scoring in the ninth minute and pushed the Pirates' 2-0 lead at the half to 3-0 with a goal in the first 10 minutes of the second half. He added the final two scores in the last 10 minutes of the game.
Illinois Valley (0-4, 0-3 Skyline) goalkeeper Ben Latva blocked 20 shots in the losing effort.
HENLEY 1, NORTH VALLEY 0 ' At Klamath Falls, Tim Melton scored an unassisted goal 8&
189; minutes into the contest and it held up for the Skyline Conference win.
North Valley (1-3, 1-1 Skyline) goalkeeper Chad Matthews had six saves, and the Knights got good play from striker Robert Navarro and midfielder Seth Glidewell.
SHELDON 5, SOUTH MEDFORD 0 ' At Eugene, Kelsey Provo scored two goals in the first half as Sheldon routed South Medford in nonconference play.
South's Kaylyn Knutson played well in place of injured Danielle Singler as a defender, and Courtney Quinowski also contributed for the Panthers, who fell to 3-2 on the season.
Goalkeeper Amanda Steiger made several diving saves to keep Sheldon out of the net in the second half.
CRATER 2, THURSTON 0 ' At Springfield, Sarah LaFontaine and Kasidy Reina scored second-half goals to give Crater the nonconference win.
Somer Adams picked up the shutout in goal as the Comets remained undefeated at 6-0.
EAGLE POINT 3, HENLEY — ' At Eagle Point, Alissa Goslin assisted on the first two goals and Sheyanne Bier scored the first and assisted on the third as Eagle Point picked up a nonconference tie.
The Eagles (2-1-1) jumped ahead in the first minute, as Goslin's chip sprang Bier on a breakaway.
In the 13th minute, Andie Wilkinson made it 2-0 with a left-footed finish off Goslin's pass.
Lauren Williams answered for Henley in the 26th, assisted by Heather Olliffe. Olliffe knotted the score with a steal and easy finish in the 48th.
Alyssa McClellan's header off a Bier cross in the 69th gave the Eagles a short-lived lead, with the Hornets responding on Olliffe's direct kick from 19 yards out just three minutes later.
NORTH VALLEY 5, ROGUE RIVER 0 ' At Merlin, sophomore Kayla Wilhelm scored three times as North Valley opened District 6 play with a win.
Wilhelm scored all three goals in the first half to give the Knights (2-2-1, 1-0 District 6) a 4-0 lead at the break.
Shae Miller had two assists and finalized the scoring in the 52nd minute with a goal of her own.
ST. MARY'S 2, SUTHERLIN — ' Sutherlin took the first-half lead, but host St. Mary's tallied early in the second half and rallied for the nonconference win.
Shelsea Rawson scored both goals for the Crusaders (3-0-1 overall). The first came one minute into the second half when Katie Sinner's shot was deflected and Rawson powered in the loose ball.
Her second score was at the 56th minute off an assist from Renee Huizinga.