Panther girls drop season-opener to McNary
South Medford dominated possession but couldn’t capitalize on numerous opportunities in a season-opening nonconference girls soccer loss Tuesday at home to McNary Tuesday.
After holding a 1-0 halftime lead, the Panthers faltered in the second half and dropped a 2-1 decision.
“It was a little evident we’ve been trapped indoors for the last three weeks,” said South Medford first-year coach Kendra McMillan, a 2010 North Medford High graduate. “Conditioning was a huge factor. We got a little gassed.”
Ula Chamberlin gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead in the 22nd minute off a shot from about 15 yards out.
McNary tied the game on a header off a corner kick about 18 minutes into the second half, then tallied the game winner on a one-on-one breakaway in the 70th minute.
South Medford outside wings Chamberlin and Toni Coleman kept the pressure on the McNary defense.
“We had probably 20 more chances,” said McMillan, “but couldn’t find the back of the net.”
The Panther defense was sparked by Mikayla Titus, Baylee Smith and Maddie Pineada.
“Overall we competed hard,” added McMillan. “We learned how important it is to not take things for granted.”
CRATER 1, ROSEBURG 1: At Central Point, McKenna Gugliotta scored Crater’s goal and goalie Lauren Noyes preserved the tied with two stellar saves with five minutes left in the nonconference opener for the Comets.
Gugliotta answered a Roseburg goal early in the second half with hers 10 minutes later.
Noyes shielded a hard shot with her chest, then blocked an ensuing shot on the rebound before recovering the ball.
GRANTS PASS 9, ARCATA 1: At Grants Pass, senior Elizabeth Williams recorded a hat trick in leading Grants Pass to the route against the Northern California school.
The Cavers (2-0) led 3-1 at halftime.
EAGLE POINT 2, GRANTS PASS 0: At Grants Pass, Eagle Point scored a goal in each half to secure the nonconference victory in the Eagles’ season opener.
Jaydyn Budrow put Eagle Point on the board in the 34th minute, getting an assist from Alex Rodriguez. The score held up into the second half, when Martin Hernandez tallied in the 66th to make it 2-0.
Grants Pass goalie Tobias D’Amato recorded six saves for the Cavemen (0-2).
NORTH MEDFORD SPLITS: At Roseburg, North Medford opened a double dual with a 22-25, 25-18, 25-20, 25-17 victory over West Salem then dropped a straight-set match to Sprague, 25-16, 25-21, 25-20, in nonconference play.
Against West Salem, junior outside Lauren Barry sparked North Medford (5-3) with strong net play and accurate passing. Allie Hertager paced the Black Tornado service game — keeping the Titans out of system.
Sprague exhibited too much firepower for North in the second match.
Setters Kyleigh Lopez and Hannah Drysdale effectively ran the North Medford offense against the Olympians.
EAGLE POINT 3, MAZAMA 0: At Klamath Falls, Eagle Point received good front-line play from Aly Scheffler and Andrea Flores in registering its first win of the season, 25-17, 25-15, 25-21 in nonconference action at Mazama.
Scheffler, a senior outside, had seven kills and seven digs, while junior middle Flores contributed seven kills, three blocks and seven digs.
Sophomore setter Kierssa Hogan dished out 18 assists and came up with three digs, and Emmalee Stevens, a senior libero, provided 33 digs for the Eagles.
CRATER 3, ASHLAND 0: At Central Point, Nehkyah Ellis and Maya Van Hook were dominant for Crater on the front line as the Comets improved to 3-0 in Midwestern League action with a 25-13, 25-4, 25-15 victory over Ashland.
Ellis, a senior outside, put down 12 kills to go with five digs, three aces and one block. Comet senior middle Van Hook added nine kills, three aces and one block.
Comet senior defensive specialist Aubrey Kievit scooped 12 digs and teammate Rane Jensen, a senior libero, contributed six digs and five aces.
For Ashland, the MWL match was its season opener.
ETNA 3, ST. MARY’S 1: St. Mary’s received good play at the net but couldn’t parlay it into a win, falling 21-25, 25-10, 26-24, 26-24 to visiting Etna, Calif., in nonconference play.
Crusader junior outside hitter Natalie Thickett had a team-high nine kills and was 13-of-13 serving with three aces, while senior hitter Hallie Shean provided eight kills and four aces.
St. Mary’s (0-2) received added offense from middle Katie Rietmann (six kills, five blocks) and Grace Johnson (seven kills).
Ashley Gurr, the Crusaders’ junior setter, took care of the ball well and provided 26 assists.