North girls edge South in cross-town battle
Halley Folsom scored the go-ahead goal in the 51st minute as the North Medford girls soccer team topped South Medford, 1-0, and snapped the Panthers’ 11-match winning streak during Southwest Conference action at U.S. Cellular Community Park on Wednesday night.
The win was a big one for the Black Tornado (7-2-4, 5-2-2 SWC), which can finish in second place in the SWC with a road win over Willamette on Saturday. North Medford is currently fourth, while South Medford (11-2, 9-1) locked up the league title last weekend.
Folsom’s score came after Sydney Thomas attacked the Panther back line and fired a shot from 12 yards out. South goalkeeper McKenzie Kapp got a hand on the attempt and the ball ricocheted toward Folsom, who cleaned it up.
“It was two outstanding teams,” North Medford head coach Jeff Thomas said. “We went in looking to play defense and everyone stepped up for the seniors on senior night. They played their guts out.”
North Medford has only recently had the services of key starters Sydney Thomas and McKenna Wizner, who both missed matches due to injuries. The squad has won three straight.
“We are peaking at the right time,” Thomas said.
The Tornado back line of Ashley Parker, Sarah Thomas, Meghan Cowan and Michala Denn helped keep the SWC champions off the board, Thomas said. North goalkeeper Hayley Haas had four saves.
Sara Smith, Andrea DeVries, Larissa Lakin and Anna Rose helped form a strong back line for the Panthers, who have contended with the absence of injured first-team all-conference defender Desiree Lakin.
“The girls played hard and that’s all we ask them to do,” Hollewijn said.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 5, LAKEVIEW 0: At Lakeview, Makenzie Hickman netted two goals and Cheyanne Auchard made a pair of assists for Cascade Christian during District 5 action.
Haley Reed, Erika Worthington and Jenna Worthington also scored goals for the Challengers (9-3, 5-2 Dist. 5).
The Honkers finished the year 0-11-1 overall, 0-8 in league.
ROGUE RIVER 2, ILLINOIS VALLEY 1: At Cave Junction, Maggie McVeigh scored the go-ahead goal midway through the second half for Rogue River during District 5 action.
Annie Teehan netted a goal on a Sequoia Poston assist for the Chieftains (6-3, 4-3 Dist. 5), who were tied at 1 with Illinois Valley (4-9, 2-5) at halftime.
Camelia Swenson had the Cougars’ goal.
ST. MARY’S 13, PACIFIC/BANDON 0: St. Mary’s got two goals and two assists apiece from Zach Lewis and Avery Kerwin in the runaway District 5 win at U.S. Cellular.
Austin Pena, Sam Becker and Weston Grant each had two goals and one assist, while Bren Catt added a goal and two assists for the Crusaders (8-3, 6-1 Dist. 5). Justin Hawkins and Hunter Rothfus also scored for St. Mary’s, with Alec Robertson and Jeremy Wu each earning one assist.
St. Mary’s led 7-0 at halftime, with all goals coming in a 16-minute span after Lewis notched the first one in the 16th minute against Pacific/Bandon (5-7, 1-6).
CRATER 1, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 0: Erix Jensen scored from close range in the 63rd minute for Crater during nonleague action at U.S. Cellular.
Griffin Brewer also got a foot on the go-ahead goal.
The victory over Cascade Christian (6-7) was the Comets’ second of the year, making them 2-10.
BUTTE FALLS 3, TRIAD 2: At Klamath Falls, Butte Falls won the Mountain Valley League playoff, 29-27, 25-17, 20-25, 18-25, 15-11.
The Loggers will next play Trinity Lutheran in a league tournament match on Saturday at Triad.
Raleigh Weaver recorded 16 kills and T’Neal Meyers and Katie Munsell had three aces apiece for the Loggers (9-7).