Compher's goal in OT lifts South over Crater
CENTRAL POINT ' In the warm-ups prior to Saturday's Southern Oregon Conference soccer match between South Medford and Crater, the Panthers hit the crossbar four straight times.
It was a prelude of things to come. South Medford hit the bar twice more during the game, but Damiann Compher followed up Kendall Gallop's bar banger with four minutes left in overtime to give the Panthers a hard-fought 1-0 victory.
We kept telling our girls to be patient, that it's going to happen, and finally something dropped, said South Medford coach Terry Fretz. That was a great game. Both teams played really well.
Gallop pummeled the bar 55 minutes into the match and Crater missed out on a golden opportunity when it frittered away a two-on-one opportunity at the 75th minute.
South Medford sweeper Shanae Coker and goalie Bre Reordan keyed the shutout.
Shanae (Coker) hadn't played much defense before this season but she's done a phenomenal job for us, said Fretz. Her speed really helps us in the middle.
— Crater's defense ' led by goalie Summer Reed, sweeper Andi Bagdan and midfielder Janelle Stoner ' was also outstanding.
The victory lifted South Medford to 12-1 in the SOC and set up a showdown with unbeaten North Medford (13-0) Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Spiegelberg Stadium. Crater, meanwhile, fell to 6-7.
South Medford had a slight advantage in shots (9-8) and corner kicks (4-2).
NORTH MEDFORD 2, ROSEBURG 0 ' At Roseburg, North Medford's defense controlled the ball for much of the contest to keep its record unscathed on top of the SOC.
After a scoreless first half, Madeline Bergen scored a goal in the fifth minute of the second half on a pass from Irene Kendig. Kendig put one in seven minutes later off a pass from Ashley Chamber.
The Black Tornado (13-0 SOC) amassed 30 shots on goal to Roseburg's 10.
North Medford goalie Megan Ross stopped all 10 shots by Roseburg.
ASHLAND 3, EAGLE POINT 0 ' At Eagle Point, Katie Cowger put Ashland on the board in the 13th minute to help collect the SOC victory.
Cowger's 18-yard boot came right after intercepting an Eagle Point pass. Maddy Stokes scored six minutes later to put the Grizzlies up 2-0.
Amber Lowry landed the final goal for the Grizzlies (5-8 SOC) from 20 yards out on a pass from Jamie Roupp.
GRANTS PASS 2, KLAMATH UNION 0 ' At Klamath Falls, Megan Cardiss scored both goals for Grants Pass to help clinch a playoff spot and sole possesion of third place in the SOC.
Cardiss' first goal came off a deflected pass from Abby Klingel in the 16th minute and her second came in the 31st minute.
Krista Krug stopped all three of Klamath Union's shots on goal for the Cavemen (8-5 SOC).
SOUTH MEDFORD 3, CRATER 0 '
Brett Hamilton's goal in the third minute put South Medford up early and its defense did the rest at Spiegelberg Stadium in the SOC contest.
The Panthers, who ended a seven-game losing streak, only allowed three shots on goal by Crater.
Alex Arizaga's score in the 15th minute gave the Panthers a comfortable 2-0 lead for the rest of the contest.
South Medford (5-8, 4-7 SOC) will play North Medford on Tuesday for the fourth and final playoff spot.
GRANTS PASS 3, KLAMATH UNION — ' At Grants Pass, sophomore forward Dallas Billie scored two goals and assisted on another as Grants Pass clinched the SOC No. — state playoff spot.
The Cavemen (7-5, 6-5 SOC) will return to the postseason after a three-year absence. North Medford could tie Grants Pass for third with a win over South Medford and a Caveman loss to Roseburg on Tuesday, but the Cavemen hold the tiebreaker over the Black Tornado.
Grants Pass took a 1-0 halftime lead when Billie scored at the 39th minute off a Chad Farber assist.
Klamath Union capitalized on a penalty kick by Dan Ortega to tie the score at 1-all five minutes into the second period.
The Pelicans got caught on their heels off a long throw-in by Eric Hefflefinger and Billie showed great anticipation on the game-winning goal in the 50th minute.
Matt Thomas registered his 10th league goal at the 73rd minute off a Billie assist.
ROSEBURG 6, NORTH MEDFORD 2 ' Taylor Martin and Tony Sanchez scored two goals each and Nick Sanders and Chris McNutt added one goal apiece to pace Roseburg to the SOC win.
Sanchez, Arturo Rameriz and Joel Driver added assists for the Indians (8-3 SOC), who scored four goals in the first 15 minutes.
For North Medford (5-6), Leo Keiser scored in the ninth minute and Brett Webb hit a rebound shot off a free kick in the 46th minute.