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GIRLS SOCCER: North girls continue to build with SWC win

After its first two setbacks of the season, North Medford’s girls soccer team continued its rebound Saturday, scoring a 3-1 home triumph over Roseburg for its second straight Southwest Conference victory.

Claire Pyka, Taylor Denn and Sophie Elam each posted a goal for the Black Tornado, which improved to 4-2 overall and 2-1 in SWC play.

“We’re feeling really good,” said North Medford head coach Patrick Mangan. “It wasn’t our best game today, we were a litlte off. I feel like we could have put a couple more goals in but the girls played well and looked really good.”

Pyka opened the scoring in the 15th minute on a 25-yard shot from the left side. Roseburg (2-5, 0-3 SWC) answered, however, with five minutes left in the first half on a backside goal by Kaitlyn Riley.

“They didn’t have very many opportunities, we had them pinned in, and then we kind of fell asleep,” said Mangan.

North Medford applied pressure from the outset to open the second half, with an Emily Parker shot going just wide before Denn and Brooklyn Snow teamed up for a nice one-two combination for the go-ahead goal.

Elam added an insurance goal later in the half off a crossing pass by Parker.

SOUTH MEDFORD 3, SHELDON 2: At Eugene, South Medford scored with two minutes left in regulation to break a 2-2 tie and secure its first Southwest Conference victory.

For the second time in the match, Emily Ingledew sent a perfect corner kick in front of the net to teammate Mikayla Titus, who scored the game winner for the Panthers (1-5-1, 1-2 SWC). Ingledew and Titus hooked up the same way in the 20th minute for South Medford.

The Panthers’ first goal was another use of set pieces as senior Heather Ramirez scored off a corner kick.

South Medford’s transition defense worked well throughout as Rainie Dabbs controlled the middle of the field against Sheldon (4-2-1, 2-1), which entered the match second place in the conference.

THURSTON 2, ASHLAND 1: At Springfield, Thurston scored two goals in the first 8 minutes because of defensive backfield mistakes as Ashland dropped its second straight Midwestern League match.

Kendra Caruso managed to score in the 39th minute for the Grizzlies (4-2-2, 1-2 MWL) but Ashland could not muster the offense to come back on a rain-soaked field.

NORTH EUGENE 6, CRATER 0: At Central Point, Crater sophomore Mia Tewes switched to center back and came up with a solid effort but the Comets were simply overmatched in the Midwestern League clash at Dutch Meyer Field.

Junior goalkeeper Teya Amidei also played well for the Comets (3-2-3, 0-2-1 MWL), who trailed 3-0 at halftime and saw the match called early due to lightning concerns.

SPRINGFIELD 11, EAGLE POINT 0: At Eagle Point, host Eagle Point remained scoreless on the season and fell to 0-8 overall and 0-3 in Midwestern League play with the loss at Eagle Stadium.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 1, LAKEVIEW 1: Bryton Plankenhorn scored Cascade Christian’s lone goal in the 64th minute but Lakeview answered one minute later as the Class 3A District 5 rivals had to settle for a draw in their league opener at U.S. Cellular Community Park.

Plankenhorn drilled a free kick from about 30 yards away to give Cascade Christian (5-0-1) the first goal of the game.

Lakeview (2-2-1) tied it up when Zoe Suba received a perfect through ball in stride and beat the keeper.