North girls advance with Newberg shutout
Along with stifling defense, the North Medford girls soccer team used one big shot and one big save to get the edge in a grind-it-out battle with Newberg in the first round of the Class 6A state playoffs Saturday.
Sydney Thomas scored in the 22nd minute for the Black Tornado and goalkeeper Hayley Haas made a diving save with less than 10 minutes remaining to preserve a 1-0 win at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
With the victory, 10th-seeded North Medford (9-2-4) advances to square off with seventh-seeded Jesuit in the second round on Tuesday. The Black Tornado has not advanced past the second round since 1998.
“That’s been our goal since the beginning of the season, since Day 1,” said North Medford coach Jeff Thomas. “Right now we’re just focusing on Jesuit and getting out of the second round.”
As a bonus to achieving its goal, the Black Tornado would host the potential quarterfinal match.
North Medford was able to grab the first-half lead on Thomas’ goal, which was set up on an assist by Bailey O’Connor. Thomas received the through ball and made a move to get by Newberg’s goalkeeper, who came out of the goal to front Thomas on the one-on-one situation.
Haas found herself in a similar situation in the 71st minute against a Newberg striker. Haas, however, confronted her opponent at the 18-yard mark and smothered the shot attempt in the midst of a collision with Newberg’s player.
Helping Haas post the shutout in goal for North Medford were right outside back Ashley Parker and center midfielder Tori Foy.
“Defensively, we were very sound today,” said Thomas. “Tori did an outstanding job and Ashley was constantly attacking from the back and putting pressure on the back line.”
SOUTH SALEM 3, GRANTS PASS 1: At Salem, Grants Pass struck first but South Salem capitalized on three set plays to get the upper hand in the first-round playoff match.
Kylee Dillon received a through ball from Brynn Anderson on the left side of the goal and connected far post to give the Cavers (6-6-3) a 1-0 lead at about the 20-minute mark.
The Saxons, however, grabbed a 2-1 halftime lead in the final 10 minutes of the period, scoring on a direct kick and a corner kick. South Salem added one more on another corner kick in the second half.
CRATER 3, LEBANON 2: At Lebanon, Crater junior Sydney Beck scored a hat trick to help lead the Comets to their first state playoff berth in seven years with the 5A state play-in victory.
Beck scored in the second minute off a crossing pass by Julie Walruff and made it 2-0 15 minutes later on an Olivia Suarez assist. After Lebanon scored to cut its deficit in half in the 52nd minute, Beck answered for Crater (5-8-1) with a goal off a through pass by Katie Niedermeyer.
SOUTH MEDFORD 5, MCNARY 1: At Keizer, Diego Rodriguez provided a pair of goals for South Medford, which used a late flurry to pull away for the Class 6A first-round victory.
The Panthers (9-5-1) visit West Salem on Wednesday in the second round.
Kyle Owings scored an unassisted goal in the 10th minute to get the Panthers started, then continued to generate offense with a pair of assists in the second half.
The Panthers received a goal and an assist from Jon Peregrina, and Josue Reyes also tallied for South.
LINCOLN 3, NORTH MEDFORD 0: At Portland, Lincoln scored twice in the opening 15 minutes and kept North Medford at bay in the playoff opener.
Tornado goalkeeper Eric Benitez received a yellow card in the first half and Matt Vanhorn replaced him in the net for North Medford (7-7-1) for the rest of the game.
GRANTS PASS 2, GLENCOE 1, OT: At Grants Pass, Noah Heisser scored a goal in the 50th minute to put Grants Pass ahead, but was answered shortly after by Efren Placito of Glencoe to tie the game and ultimately force overtime.
Noah Heisser scored the lone goal in OT to seal a playoff victory for the Cavemen after a handball penalty in the 93rd minute. Grants Pass (10-4-1) travels to play SWC champion South Eugene (13-0-2) on Wednesday.
PHOENIX 3, SEASIDE 1: At Talent, Jose Asencion scored two goals for Phoenix following Edgar Valdovinos corner kicks in the Pirates’ Class 4A opener at Hagler-James Field.
Jose Sixtos contributed a goal from 6 yards out, also off a Valdovinos assist, in the 46th minute to help Phoenix advance. The Pirates (10-4) will next travel to Scappoose on Wednesday.
NORTH VALLEY 5, CROOK COUNTY 2: At Merlin, Trinidad Flores had one goal and four assists to propel North Valley in the 4A playoff game.
David McLittle scored three goals for the Knights (9-6), while teammate Nick Krois contributed one goal.
ONTARIO 1, HIDDEN VALLEY 0: At Ontario, Hidden Valley lost goalkeeper Alex Thornhill in the 30th minute to a concussion in a scoreless first-round affair. Reserve keeper Cameron McDonald played a solid game thereafter, allowing only one goal on a free kick from 18 yards out in the playoff loss.
ST. MARY’S 1, LAKEVIEW 0, OT: St. Mary’s sophomore Lucas Fry ripped a beautiful half-volley with his left foot at the edge of the box in the ninth minute of the first 10-minute overtime session to help propel his team in a District 5 playoff for the league championship.
The Crusaders (9-4) and Lakeview (7-5-1) each entered the contest tied for first in District 5 with 6-2 records, having split their season series to necessitate a tiebreaker.
Sophomore goalkeeper Ryan Trask was limited in duty thanks to a solid effort on defense and in possession by St. Mary’s to score the shutout. The Crusaders open the 3A/2A/1A state playoffs at U.S. Cellular on Wednesday.