South knocks off SWC-leading Roseburg
South Medford has struggled early this season in Southwest Conference girls soccer. But the Panthers put it all together against league-leading Roseburg Tuesday.
Rebekah Nisbet scored early in the second half as South Medford handed the Indians their first league loss with a 1-0 victory at Spiegelberg Stadium.
The Panthers improved to 2-3 in conference and 2-7 on the season, while Roseburg fell to 7-3 overall and 4-1 in the SWC.
Nisbet, a senior forward, scored the decisive goal when she made a steal at the corner of the 18, took one dribble and drove a shot past Roseburg keeper Ally Swanson.
"(Nisbet) picked a defender's pocket and beat one more defender," South Medford coach Terry Fretz said about the winning goal.
Danielle Green had a pair of dangerous chances for South off corner kicks in the second half.
The Panthers were successful in bottling up Roseburg's talented midfielder Brooke Strawn.
"We knew we had to stop Brooke in the middle," said Fretz. "Collectively our midfielders did a great job stopping her from possessing the ball."
The South players responsible for neutralizing Strawn were Erin Brownlee, Sarah Kapple, Green and substitute Johanna Boyd.
The Panthers also received a strong game from senior defenders Ali Kelly, Mariah Winstead and Haley Hess.
"Roseburg couldn't the get the ball through them," said Fretz. "They took the challenge of shutting down everything Roseburg threw at us."
South Medford took six shots to just two for the Indians.
"We passed really well and had a lot more possession," said Fretz. "The biggest thing was we controlled the midfield. We were challenging the 50-50 balls and created a lot more scoring chances."
SHELDON 2, NORTH MEDFORD 0 — At Eugene, Sheldon's Devin Stuart scored with a goal over the head of North Medford goalkeeper Kendra McMillen in the first half.
Bronte Jorgensen added a goal on a breakaway in the 43rd minute for the Irish.
McMillen had four saves for the Black Tornado (5-4, 5-3 SWC).
GRANTS PASS 1, SOUTH EUGENE 0 — At Grants Pass, Heather Perry scored on an assist from Katie Jenista for the SWC win.
Mattea Tibbit and Nicole Wytcherly combined for the shutout for the Cavers (6-3, 3-2 SWC).
South Eugene is 1-8-1 and 0-5.
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CRATER 3, EAGLE POINT 2 — At Eagle Point, Kayla Burns scored the final two goals to rally Crater in the second half.
Eagle Point (3-5, 1-3 SSC) led 2-0 at halftime.
Marissa O'Connor scored Eagle Point's first goal a little past midway in the half off an assist from Erica Rasor. Ellen Radicliffe then tallied about 10 minutes later to give the Eagles a 2-0 lead.
Crater (4-6, 3-1 SSC) cut the deficit to 2-1 at the 65th minute on Taylor McGee's goal. Marissa Dalton assisted on the play.
Burns converted a penalty kick at the 70th minute.
Burns' winning goal, off a feed from Mikayla Hickman, came on a shot from about 20 yards that bounced off the inside of the post with five minutes remaining in the game.
Eagle Point received good efforts from junior stopper Cassi Boykin and Radcliffe.
HIDDEN VALLEY 2, NORTH VALLEY 0 — At Merlin, Dana Powell scored one goal and assisted on another as Hidden Valley avenged an earlier season loss to North Valley.
After a scoreless first half, Powell boomed in a shot from about 24 yards off an assist from Carlee Nelson five minutes into the second period.
Rachelle Flick scored an insurance goal at the 77th minute, with Powell assisting.
Mustangs senior goalie Katie Figoni recorded the shutout.
ST. MARY'S 11, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0 — At Cave Junction, Sarah Bennion recorded a hat trick and Sarah Seus added two goals and one assist for visiting St. Mary's.
Lauren Seus, Katherine Seus, Abby Steinsiek, Anna Thorndike, Charis Darnall and Erika Peterson each scored one goal. McKenzie Krieser had two assists and Thorndike added one assist for the Crusaders (9-0-1, 9-0 District 6).
HENLEY 3, ROGUE RIVER 1 — At Rogue River, Hannah Broughton scored the only goal for Rogue River (2-7) in the 56th minute on an assist by Jessa Fricka.
Henley's Carli Burg opened the scoring with an unassisted goal in the 14th minute. Burg then assisted Jordan Schrole on a goal in the 30th minute, and the final tally came in the 68th on Alyssa Castle's corner kick.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 2, PHOENIX 1 — Cascade Christian's Shayla Hagemeier followed her blocked shot with the game-winner just before time expired at U.S. Cellular Park.
After playing a scoreless first half, Kaitlyn Emard gave the Challengers (5-4 Dist. 6) a 1-0 lead on a high-arching shot from about 15 yards in the 54th minute.
Kourtney Scoggins' goal for Phoenix knotted the score at the 66th minute.
Cascade Christian outshot the Pirates, 12-11.
Junior Jenna George recorded six saves in net for the Challengers.