South girls open with shutout
HILLSBORO — South Medford’s season-opening trip to Hillsboro was far more satisfying this year than last.
In an all-day affair Thursday, the Panthers' girls soccer team sandwiched a 5-0 nonconference victory over the hosts between watching two women’s college games — making for a highly satisfying team-building experience.
Last year, South Medford (1-0) came away with a 3-2 loss after making the long trip north.
Despite a 3-0 lead at half, the game was competitive throughout, South coach Chris Hollewijn said. His players did an excellent job keeping their focus in warm weather and a grass field surface on which they weren’t used to playing, Hollewijn added.
“We were really glad to get the shutout,” he said. “(Hillsboro) put a lot of pressure on us.”
Ula Chamberlin put in a pair of goals, the first coming in the seventh minute on an assist by Toni Coleman and second coming near the end of the second half on a follow-up after the goalie for Hillsboro (0-1) was unable to control a shot on goal by Morgan Burke.
Claire Pyka netted the second goal, in the ninth minute, with an assist by Whitney Winans, and Hannah Wilkinson tacked on another goal in the 30th minute, assisted by Chloe Alvarez. An assist by Rainie Dabbs led to Coleman scoring the fourth goal.
Skylar Farmer made a few nice saves and kept a tidy defense to record the shutout in goal.
GRANTS PASS 5, ROOSEVELT 0: At Portland, Delaney Page scored a goal and added an assist while goalkeeper Sam Borngasser recorded the nonleague shutout at Roosevelt High School.
The Cavers (1-0) also picked up goals from Taylor Mooney, Rebecca Potts, Riley Childers and Elayna Hunt.
ASHLAND 7, KLAMATH UNION 0: At Klamath Falls, Mya Elder-Hammond, Tia Wilhelm and Ginny Cotton each scored two goals as Ashland was too much for Klamath Union at Mike’s Fieldhouse indoor facility.
The Grizzlies’ Mary Wilson notched back-to-back assists — the first was off a corner kick converted by Cotton on a header.
After playing 70 shutout minutes in goal for the Grizzlies (1-0), goalkeeper Taylor Buckley registered two assists in the final two minutes of the contest on goals by Cotton and Barritt Reynolds.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 0, CRESWELL 0: At Creswell, Cascade Christian missed a penalty kick with about 10 minutes remaining resulting in a stalemate against Creswell.
The Challengers (1-1-1) had 12 shots on target to Creswell’s three.
GRANTS PASS 2, ROOSEVELT 0: At Portland, freshman David Ruiz and Wesley Frye tallied goals for Grants Pass and its backline defense denied Roosevelt scoring opportunities in the nonleague match.
Cade Anderson and Jack Allen both had assists for the Cavemen (1-0) who controlled the ball for the majority of the contest.
Goalkeepers Tegan Brown-McPherson and Tobias D’Amota combined for the shutout.
ROGUE RIVER 11, SOUTH UMPQUA 1: At Myrtle Creek, Garren Decker tallied four goals and Sebastian Poston added three for Rogue River, which scored seven goals in the first 20 minutes of the nonleague contest.
Derrick Geiger added two assists for the Chieftains (1-0) and goalkeeper Tristan Spaeth registered five saves, including a penalty kick stop in the second half.