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South romps behind Nisbet’s five goals

South Medford started off slow but senior Renae Nisbet gave the Panthers the jolt they needed with a scoring surge that helped pave the way to a 10-1 win over South Eugene in Southwest Conference girls soccer Saturday.

After a scoreless opening 12 minutes, Nisbet scored the first of her five goals to put the Panthers (5-1, 2-0 SWC) on the board. Nisbet scored three times in a 10-minute span, then opened the second half by scoring twice in the first five minutes for her career game.

Whitney Winans added two goals and one assists and South Medford got one goal and one assist apiece from Montana Logue and Hannah Whitescorn. Lydia Vandervaarte also scored, while Chloe Alvarez registered two assists and Liz Beattie had one.

South Eugene (1-5, 0-2) scored prior to halftime to trim its deficit to 6-1.

NORTH MEDFORD 2, THURSTON 0: Meghan Cowan converted a penalty kick in the 70th minute and Alicia Aranda scored on a Courtney Denn assist 5 minutes later for North Medford during Southwest Conference action.

Goalkeepers Brinley O'Neill and Amanda Tonkin split duties in the shutout for the Black Tornado (4-1-1, 2-0 SWC). Thurston dropped to 0-3-2 overall, 0-2 in league.

SHELDON 3, GRANTS PASS 1: At Eugene, Sheldon won its fourth straight during Southwest Conference action.

Grants Pass dropped to 1-4-1 overall, 0-2 in league. The Irish improved to 4-2, 2-0 in the SWC.

CRATER 2, KLAMATH UNION 2: At Central Point, Crater responded from a 2-0 deficit to salvage a nonleague tie with a pair of Sydney Beck goals at Dutch Meyer Field.

Beck scored in the 32nd minute on a header off a Katie Niedermeyer cross, then tied it in the 57th minute off an assist by Ally Ritchey for the Comets (1-3-2).

Alycea Jones made 12 saves for Crater.

ST. MARY'S 8, ROGUE RIVER 0: At Rogue River, freshman Meghan Michels recorded a hat trick in the first nine minutes of the match for St. Mary's during District 5 play.

Maddie Wheelock had two goals, Sara Klott registered one goal and three assists and MaryBeth Barnum and Allie Buccino added one goal apiece for the Crusaders (5-2-1, 1-0 Dist. 5), who scored all their goals in the first half.

ASHLAND 1, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 0: At Ashland, Olivia West knocked in a sharply angled goal in the 66th minute for Ashland during nonleague action.

Tia Wilhelm had the assist for the Grizzlies (3-0-3), whose defense did a good job limiting Cascade Christian (3-4).