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GIRLS SOCCER: Denn's two goals boost Tornado

Taylor Denn scored two goals to lead the North Medford girls soccer team to a 3-2 nonconference win over visiting Liberty in its season opener.

Denn scored the lone goal of the first half in the 25th minute when she stole the ball while Liberty was trying to clear it.

“Toward the end of the first half, they put pressure on our back line,” said Black Tornado coach Patrick Mangan, “but we held strong.”

In the 47th, Denn tallied from the top of the 18-yard box. Sophie Elam assisted.

“It was a gorgeous shot,” said Mangan. “She had her back to the goal, turned and cracked it with her right foot to the far post.”

After Liberty made it 2-1 in the 57th, Elam scored the eventual game winner from 25 yards.

Liberty’s final score came with 10 minutes to play.

SOUTH MEDFORD 2, MCNARY 2, tie: At Keizer, Bella Bottero accounted for both South Medford first-half goals, but the Panthers allowed two by McNary in the second half of the season-opening nonconference tie.

Bottero scored in the 32nd minute on an assist from Alyssa Brown and connected two minutes later on a free kick for the 2-0 halftime lead.

After McNary answered in the 54th and 60th minutes, South Medford missed on two scoring opportunities in the final four minutes.

ASHLAND 0, GRANTS PASS 0: At Ashland, both teams nearly had goals in the nonleague contest.

For Ashland (1-0-1), Kendra Caruso bounced a shot off a post early in the second half, and the Cavers had a shot dribble through the Ashland defense and nearly go in, but Joelle Annen cleared it at last moment.