Indians deal Tornado first SWC defeat
ROSEBURG — Aside from two quick plays from Roseburg, the North Medford soccer team's defense was top notch on Tuesday at Roseburg High School.
But the Black Tornado offense missed on several first-half opportunities and the Indians took advantage in a 2-0 victory, which was the first Southwest Conference loss of the season for North.
Twice, Roseburg's Hannah Russo flew down the right sideline and set up Shae Yuma with an easy tap-in goal from just a few feet out.
In the 56th minute, Russo baited North goalkeeper Kendra McMillen on the right side and crossed to the left, where Yuma was all alone in front of the goal and gave the Indians (6-2, 3-0 SWC) the 1-0 lead.
Six minutes later, Russo did the same thing, but her pass deflected off teammate Emma Krnacik and ended up at the feet of Yuma for the clean-up goal.
"Those were two good goals," said North coach Rich Garcia "We were just weak defensively. We had plenty of scoring opportunities, but their goalie scrambled. We didn't get it done."
Sophomore goalkeeper Ally Swanson had six saves for the Indians, earning her fourth shutout and second in SWC play.
"I think that North Medford dominated us in the first half; we really came out flat," said Roseburg coach Adam Blue. "The tide changed in the second half. We had no intensity and (the players) recognized that."
The Black Tornado (4-3, 2-1) held the shots-on-goal advantage, 12-9.
SOUTH MEDFORD 1, SOUTH EUGENE 0 — At Eugene, South Medford won its first game of the season when Rebecca Nisbet scored the game-winner in the 72nd minute.
The decisive goal came when Nisbet threw the ball into Ali Kelly, who touched the ball right back to Nisbet. The Panther senior forward faked to get around a defender then took a shot from about 25 yards out. South Eugene keeper Katelyn Lewis got a hand on the ball but couldn't stop it from going into the net.
The Panthers (1-7, 1-2 SWC) outshot South Eugene, 9-6.
South Medford defenders Danielle Green, Haley Hess, Katie Littleton and Sarah Kapple combined to stymie the South Eugene attack.
GRANTS PASS 4, SHELDON 3 — At Grants Pass, Grants Pass rallied from a 3-1 halftime deficit, led by two goals from Miranda Cruz.
Cruz scored in the 20th and 52nd minutes. The Cavers (5-2, 2-1 SWC) also got tallies from Jessica Bath in the 60th minute and Danielle Ball in the 64th.
Southern Sky Conference
ASHLAND 5, KLAMATH UNION 1 — At Ashland, Carolyn Thomas, Riley Smith and Raven Susu-Mago each had one goal and one assist at North Mountain Park.
Ashland led 1-0 at halftime on Sofia Harrison's unassisted goal in the 31st minute.
The Grizzlies (4-5, 3-0 SSC) scored two minutes into the second half on a goal by Annika Hearn off a corner kick from Thomas.
Then Thomas scored two minutes later on an assist from Danielle Halprin.
The Grizzlies took a 4-0 advantage on a goal by Smith in the 51st minute, with Kai Yearsley and Susu-Mago receiving credit for the assist.
Klamath Union got on the board in the 59th minute when Elizabeth Albertson boomed in a shot from 20 yards.
Susu-Mago scored on an assist from Smith to complete the scoring.
MAZAMA 5, EAGLE POINT 2 — At Klamath Falls, Tiffany Burke scored in the 11th and 22nd minutes to give Eagle Point a 2-1 lead but Mazama responded to earn the Southern Sky Conference win.
Burke's second goal came off a cross from Madison Nahss, but a Darian Grigsby header sent the match into intermission tied at 2-all.
Hannah Reynolds scored back-to-back goals for Mazama in the second half, and Kyle Durant's goal capped the scoring.
The Eagles dropped to 2-3 overall and 0-2 in SSC play.
ST. MARY'S 8, ROGUE RIVER 0 — Sarah Bennion, Mackenzie Krieser and Anna Thorndike each scored twice and Sarah Seus added a goal and three assists to lead St. Mary's to the District 6 victory at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
Ellie Gambee earned an assist on early goals by Bennion and Krieser, and Liz Barnum scored an unassisted goal in the second half for the Crusaders.
St. Mary's led 7-0 at halftime and improved to 7-0-1 overall and in league play.
Gina Barbieri, Bennion and Krieser teamed to post the shutout in goal.
NORTH VALLEY 5, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 0 — Heather Cieri scored a pair of goals to lead North Valley to the District 6 win at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
The Knights led 4-0 at halftime and also got goals from Trisha Durham, Megan Knitter and Dallas Krugel.
Cascade Christian dropped to 3-4 overall and in league play.
HIDDEN VALLEY 5, PHOENIX 0 — At Talent, Dana Powell scored twice and assisted on another goal to lead Hidden Valley to the District 6 win at Hagler-James Field.
Rachelle Swick added one goal and one assist for the Mustangs (5-2, 4-2 Dist. 6), who also got goals from Jaime Ball and Ashley Hart. Kaitlin Barthlomew also had an assist for HV, which led 3-0 at halftime.
Playing short-handed due to illness, Phoenix dropped to 1-5 overall and in league.
HENLEY 8, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0 — At Cave Junction, Jennifer Ramirez scored three goals to lead Henley.
Jordin Scholer, Alysa Castle, Stevie Stewart and Britteny Otero also scored for the Hornets, who were also recipients of an own-goal scored by Illinois Valley.
Karli Berg and McKenzie Hastings each posted two assists.