PREP SOCCER: South Medford girls edge Grants Pass
South Medford utilized its set plays to perfection in a 2-1 Southwest Conference girls soccer victory over Grants Pass Saturday at South Medford High.
Panthers center back Mikayla Titus came forward to score a goal off a corner kick cross from Isabella Bottero with five minutes left in the first half to take the lead.
The Panthers (4-5-1, 4-2 SWC) exhibited more defensive prowess in the second half behind the play of Rylie Micheal and Rainie Dabbs, as they did not surrender a goal until 22 seconds remained in the game.
With 1:40 left in the game, Toni Coleman intercepted the ball on a goal kick and was able to push the ball past the Caveman goalkeeper for an insurance score.
SHELDON 2, NORTH MEDFORD 0: At Eugene, Sheldon broke a scoreless tie midway through the second half, then added a late insurance goal in the Southwest Conference match.
North Medford (5-5, 2-4 SWC) nearly tied it in the 70th minute when Brooklyn Snow forced a nice save out of the Irish keeper, who tipped the shot over the cross bar.
Sheldon (6-3-1, 5-2) scored its second goal five minutes later.
Black Tornado center back Dakota Alewin kept the Irish in check with outstanding defense.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 5, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0: At Cave Junction, Cascade Christian midfielders Hannah Krug and Bryton Plankenhorn kept the offense clicking to lift the Challengers in the District 5 match.
Cascade Christian is 7-2-1, 2-1-1 in league.
Krug crossed the ball to Plankenhorn to start the scoring in the 12th minute, followed by a solo effort by junior Zoie Fisher in the 16th minute. Katie Erno then put a shot across the goal in the far corner of the net for a 3-0 halftime lead.
In the 65th minute, Krug nailed a penalty kick after a hand-ball call. She then struck again with a looping shot that caught the Cougar goalie off her line.
Senior defender Braelyn Day had an outstanding day in the backfield while goalkeeper Emily Knight posted the clean sheet, turning away nine Cougar shots on goal.
ST MARYS 2, LAKEVIEW 0: At Lakeview, St. Mary’s remained perfect in District 5 play with the shutout.
The Crusaders (6-3, 4-0 Dist. 5) got a goal from Estella Olson in the 38th minute, after she corralled a corner kick from Sophia Dobry.
Brennan Gangnes added a second-half goal with an assist from Carmel Ashland.
St. Mary’s defenders Ashland, Sophia and Mia Castillo and Meg Wright were instrumental in the shutout.
Lakeview dropped to 3-3-3 and 1-1-2.
NORTH MEDFORD 0, SHELDON 0: Though North Medford maintained the ball on the Sheldon side of the field for most of the game, it could not find the net against visiting Sheldon in Southwest Conference play.
Irish goalkeeper Jack Kennedy thwarted all 16 Black Tornado shots on goal.
North Medford midfielders Jeremiah Martinez, Braden Byrd and Robert Valencia created opportunities all day but couldn’t get any shots to go.
Defensively, Black Tornado senior captain Nathan Qualls was staunch.
ST. MARY’S 5, PAISLEY 0: At Paisley, Will Kranenburg had two goals and an assist, powering St. Mary’s to its eighth straight win in the District 5 match.
Kranenburg assisted on Noah Friesen’s 14th-minute goal to start the scoring, then added a goal of his own off an assist by freshman Cooper Hopkins in the 44th minute to give the Crusaders (8-0-1, 7-0 Dist. 5) a 3-0 lead.
Kranenburg later scored on a penalty kick to make it 4-0. Nathan Sternenberg and Luke Bennion also scored for St. Mary’s, while Hopkins had two assists.
ROGUE RIVER 1, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0: At Cave Junction, Rogue River was awarded a forfeit win and the game was halted with two minutes remaining in the first half. A red card was issued on the Illinois Valley bench, giving Rogue River its third win of the season in District 5 play.
Rogue River team-captain Simeon Poston dribbled the ball the full length of the field to score in the 26th minute and then hit a penalty kick in the 38th minute before the game was called by the referee. The Chieftains are 3-5 overall.