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Black Tornado edges Axemen in OT

After nearly 95 minutes of scoreless play on Friday, the North Medford girls soccer team and South Eugene each scored wild, late goals in OT. With the threat of a shootout looming, Ashlee McFall netted the game-winner with 14 seconds remaining in overtime as North edged the Axemen, 2-1, in the first round of the Class 6A state playoffs at Hoffbuhr Field.

Becca Allen netted the match's first goal with 4:59 remaining in the final overtime session. Michelle Benitez sent a free kick from about 40 yards out that dropped in South Eugene's box. In a scramble, Allen found the ball and scored from about 6 yards away.

Just 43 seconds later, the Axemen tied it when North failed to clear a ball out of the box.

Enter McFall, who booted in the decisive goal on an assist from Amanda Hisey. McFall, a sophomore, knocked in the shot from 15 yards out, sending it left to right.

In one last dramatic turn, the Black Tornado (11-2-1) was called for a foul with a few seconds left, giving South Eugene (6-8-1) a direct kick at the North 40-yard line. The Tornado lined up and headed the shot attempt out to seal the victory.

Amanda Tonkin and McKensey Peters split time in goal for North, which will next play the winner of today's Glencoe/Westview contest in the second round Tuesday.


SOUTH MEDFORD 2, SOUTH EUGENE 1, OT — At Eugene, Kodie Artner scored the winning goal in overtime for South Medford, which was able to make a come back in the second half and nip South Eugene in their first-round playoff match.

The Panthers (8-5-2), who were co-Southern Oregon Hybrid champions with North Medford, will face the winner of today's playoff game of Grants Pass and Tigard on Tuesday. If Grants Pass wins, the Panthers will host the Cavemen, but if Tigard is triumphant, South will travel.

Artner collected a pass from Humberto Alvarez and put it into the back of the net five minutes into overtime.

The Panthers, who are 5-0-1 in their last six games, were finally able to crack South Eugene's defense 72 minutes in with a game-tying goal by Felipe Sanchez on a set up from Caleb Wright. Sanchez's goal snuck through the outstretched arms of the goalkeeper.

Panthers goalkeeper Mitch North kept the Axemen out of the net for the first 60 minutes and came up big with three crucial saves.

CHURCHILL 3, EAGLE POINT 1 — At Eugene, Eagle Point played its best game of the season in the play-in match against the Midwest League champion.

Tyler Van Dyke's goal in the 66th minute cut the Eagles' deficit to 2-1.

Churchill's Ian Boozer scored on a breakaway three minutes later to give the Lancers breathing room.

Van Dyke and senior sweeper Andrew Blanchard had outstanding efforts for the Eagles, who finished the season with a 2-12-1 record.