Westview edges North in shootout
PORTLAND — Westview found the net twice in a shootout and defeated North Medford, 2-1, in a Class 6A girls soccer second-round state playoff game Tuesday.
The contest was deadlocked 1-1 through regulation and overtime.
The two conference champions then went to penalty kicks — something neither team does to resolve ties in league play.
North Medford's Sarah Chambers made North Medford's first attempt, and it was answered by the Wildcats' leadoff shooter. After a Black Tornado miss and a Westview make, both teams missed their remaining three attempts.
"When it comes down to where you have to put the ball in the net, it's pretty nerve-racking," said Black Tornado coach Rich Garcia, whose Southern Oregon Hybrid 6A championship team ended the season with an 11-3-1 record.
Westview (12-2-2) advances to the quarterfinals and will face Tualatin.
Westview is No. 4 in the state power rankings, and North Medford is 13th.
"It was a good match," said Garcia. "In the beginning, they controlled it, then we got our rhythm. We were playing pretty good. We held our own and had a good offensive attack; nothing close to scoring, but they're a good defensive team."
The game was scoreless until the 50th minute, when a Chambers shot caromed off the goalie and was redirected into the net by teammate Becca Allen.
Westview scored five minutes later on a free kick following a foul on a North Medford player.
"I was proud of the way we played," said Garcia. "We didn't back away and played well."
SUMMIT 10, ASHLAND 0 — At Bend, Ashland trailed just 1-0 at halftime against the Intermountain Conference champion in a game played on a snow-covered field.
Ashland junior goalkeeper Rinchen Thomas was hurt on a collision near the net and, as a precaution, was sent to the hospital with a back injury, according to head coach Eric Wolff. Further information wasn't available as of press time.
The Grizzlies finished the season with a 6-8 record.
HIDDEN VALLEY 3, JUNCTION CITY 1 — At Grants Pass, Rachelle Flick scored in the 36th minute to tie the match and Dana Powell later added two goals to lead Hidden Valley in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs.
The Mustangs (16-2) advance to face Skyline Conference foe Mazama (13-2-1) in the quarterfinals. Hidden Valley earned a pair of 3-2 shootout victories over the Vikings in the regular season, with Mazama gaining a 2-1 home victory.
With the score tied at 1, Powell placed a header into the back of the net off a corner kick by Flick in the 37th minute. Nine minutes into the second half, Powell struck again off an assist by Cedar Wilkening.
Freshman stopper Katelyn Lambert also played an integral role for the Mustangs.
MAZAMA 5, LA GRANDE 0 — At Klamath Falls, Mazama had five different players score goals in the first-round match.
The Vikings (12-2-1) took a 3-0 halftime lead.
Karena Foust tallied a goal and two assists to lead the Vikings' attack. Hannah Reynolds added one goal and an assist, while Kaitlin Crowell, Shaylee Totten and Danielle Welch also had goals. Maria Dominguez provided two assists.
HENLEY 2, COTTAGE GROVE 0 — At Cottage Grove, Alysa Castle scored on a penalty kick in the 70th minute to break a scoreless tie.
Jordin Scholer added a goal on an assist from Brooke Stewart with about one minute remaining in regulation time for Henley (9-6), the No. 3 team from the Skyline Conference.
MOLALLA 4, KLAMATH UNION 2 — At Molalla, Klamath Union had its season come to a close in the first round of the state playoffs. The Pelicans (7-8) were the Skyline Conference's No. 4 team.