South Medford slips past West Salem
South Medford remained poised despite an early deficit and responded in the second half to upend West Salem, 2-1, in girls soccer Saturday at South Medford High.
West Salem took advantage of a direct-kick goal at the top of the box in the 20th minute to build a 1-0 advantage it held through the first half, but the Panthers (3-1) stormed back to control action in the second half.
Ten minutes after intermission, Whitney Winans gathered a corner kick by Courtney Herick and fired a close-range shot that deflected off a West Salem defender and into the goal for a 1-all tie.
With less than two minutes to play, Chloe Alvarez beat a Titans defender and the goalkeeper to a through ball on the right side and, after coming out of a scrum with the ball, dropped the ball back to teammate Liz Beattie. With West Salem’s goalie trying to get back into the goal, Beattie fired a one-timer from 18 yards out into the net for the go-ahead goal.
SUMMIT 4, NORTH MEDFORD 0: At Bend, North Medford came up empty-handed against the perennial Class 5A powerhouse.
Brinley O'Neill and Melissa Tonkin both made some tough saves for the Black Tornado (2-1-1), which trailed 2-0 at halftime. Summit (4-0) has won three of the last four 5A state crowns.
GRANTS PASS 10, CRATER 0: At Grants Pass, Sami Galli, Kylee Dillon and Brynne Anderson each scored a pair of goals to lead Grants Pass to the nonleague win at Mel Ingram Field.
Ryan Berkey, Amanda Solar, Callista Van Delden and Ava Moser also scored for the Cavers (1-2-1) against Crater (1-3).
ASHLAND 0, NORTH VALLEY 0: At Merlin, Ashland goalkeeper Berkeley Skuratowicz made a handful of good stops during nonleague action.
Ashland (1-0-3) and North Valley (1-1-1) both struggled to get much of a rhythm in the hot conditions.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 2, EAGLE POINT 0: Makenzie Hickman and Emily Stephens both scored for Cascade Christian during nonleague action at U.S Cellular.
Hickman's 27th-minute goal came on a well-placed pass from Baylee Plankenhorn, and Stephens connected on a free kick from 25 yards out in the 72nd minute for the Challengers (2-2).
Goalkeeper Audrey Quast earned the shutout against Eagle Point (1-1-2).
BROOKINGS 6, PHOENIX 0: At Brookings, Phoenix dropped to 0-1-1 with the nonconference road loss as Brookings-Harbor scored three goals in each half.
ST. MARY’S 6, JUNCTION CITY 0: At Junction City, St. Mary’s senior MaryBeth Barnum scored two goals and Emily Elmore added a goal and two assists in the nonleague win.
Meghan Michels, Sara Klott and Emily Riehlman also scored for the Crusaders (3-2-1), with Allie Buccino registering an assist.