PREP SOCCER: North, South girls settle for tie
There were opportunities on each side but neither could cash in Saturday night as the girls soccer teams from North Medford and South Medford settled for a 0-0 tie to wrap up regular season play at Spiegelberg Stadium.
The Panthers finished third in the Southwest Conference at 5-6-3 overall and 5-3-2 in league, while the Black Tornado placed fourth at 7-6-1 and 4-5-1. Both teams advanced to the Class 6A state playoffs.
North Medford senior Claire Pyka had the best scoring chance for her team but her second-half effort ricocheted off South Medford goalkeeper Jaeda Boutwell and then again off the post before it was ultimately scooped up in the Southwest Conference match.
South Medford junior Toni Coleman supplied her team’s best opportunity with a crisp shot from 18 yards out that North Medford goalkeeper Jazzlynn Ross was able to thwart in the first half.
“It was a bullet and Jazz just laid out and saved it on her right side, it was amazing,” said North Medford head coach Patrick Mangan.
Dakota Alewine also soared for a pair of headers off corner kicks that were close but couldn’t escape the Panthers’ grip.
Mangan credited the play of Brisa Ledesma and Taylor Denn for limiting the Panthers’ opportunities.
ASHLAND 2, SPRINGFIELD 1: At Springfield, Ashland controlled the first half but had to get three big saves from goalkeeper Nina Munson to hold off host Springfield in the Midwestern League match.
Munson’s prettiest save came late in the second half, diving for the upper corner to knock away a potential Springfield goal.
Ashland (7-5-2, 4-4 MWL) took a 2-0 halftime lead behind goals from Mary Wilson (14th minute) and Cameron Stone (28th minute), forcing a change in alignment by Springfield in the second half that ultimately resulted in a goal in the 54th minute.
The Grizzlies tightened up their defense thereafter to claim the regular season finale.
CRATER 1, THURSTON 0: At Central Point, Crater sophomore defender Mia Tewes rebounded a shot off a free kick to the high side of the Thurston net to score with 18 minutes left in the match to lift the Comets to a Midwestern League triumph in their last regular season match.
After a scoreless first half, Crater initiated a press game in the second half. Defensive outside back Anna Myers began to shut down Thurston’s attack and got the ball to Allison Waters to press the offense, allowing Tewes to finally score the only goal of the match.
Goalkeeper Teya Amidei posted eight saves to secure the clean sheet for Crater (5-5-4, 2-5-1 MWL).
WILLAMETTE 5, EAGLE POINT 0: At Eagle Point, Eagle Point freshman Raegan Hussey had one of three scoring opportunities turned away in the Midwestern League season finale, keeping the Eagles scoreless for the season.
Sophomore Kylie Balero and senior Osmaytte Gonzalez provided strong efforts for Eagle Point, which capped its season 0-13 overall and 0-8 in MWL play.
Willamette moved to 5-2-6 and 4-0-3 in league.
ST. MARY’S 3, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 0: St. Mary’s sophomore Brennan Gangnes scored one goal in each half to help the Crusaders remain unbeaten in 3A District 5 play and complete a season sweep of rival Cascade Christian at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
Gangnes curled in a left-footed shot from the right side on a 25-yard free kick in the 35th minute to get St. Mary’s (9-3, 7-0 Dist. 5) on the board.
Gangnes tacked on her second goal in the 51st minute when Riley Kreul placed a ball across the edge of the 18-yard box and she one-timed it into the net.
In the 72nd minute, freshman Morgan Dole combined to find sophomore Ryker Rothfus for a close-range goal to cap the scoring against the Challengers (8-3-2, 3-2-2).
Olivia Lippert and Lila Reed picked up the shutout in goal thanks to defensive help from Mia Castillo and Meg Wright.
LAKEVIEW 4, ROGUE RIVER 2: At Rogue River, Rogue River dropped to 6-5-1 overall and 2-5-1 in 3A District 5 play with the home loss to Lakeview, which moved into a second-place tie with Cascade Christian.
The Honkers, who close the season Wednesday against league-leading St. Mary’s, stand 5-4-3 overall and 3-2-2 in District 5.
SOUTH MEDFORD 3, NORTH MEDFORD 1: South Medford senior forward Severine Warren scored two goals and offered up a nifty assist to help the Panthers wrap up Southwest Conference play at Spiegelberg Stadium.
Warren scored on a blistered shot from 25 yards out for the game’s first goal in the 47th minute, and then sent a back flick to Kam Calhoun for a touch goal in the 63rd minute for third-place South Medford (8-4-2, 5-3-2 SWC).
The Panthers padded their lead in the 75th minute when Ruben Rodriguez’s shot inside the box deflected off a defender and to Warren, who netted a close-range effort.
The lone goal for fourth-place North Medford (4-6-4, 2-5-3) came with three minutes to play when senior Stephen Eisenhauer weaved through the defense and scored on a one-on-one shot past the goalkeeper.
GRANTS PASS 2, ROSEBURG 0: At Roseburg, after winning only two games in league play and overall last year, Grants Pass capped a big turnaround with a goal in each half to finish the season tied with South Eugene for the Southwest Conference championship.
Trevor Park scored on a direct kick to the right corner from about 20 yards in the 15th minute for Grants Pass (8-3-3, 7-1-2 SWC).
With five minutes to play against Roseburg (1-11-2, 1-8-1), Cade Anderson supplied an insurance goal for the Cavemen after a long pass from Jayden Reeves.
ASHLAND 2, SPRINGFIELD 0: At Springfield, Ashland controlled the defensive pitch to secure the shutout and wrap up the Midwestern League title.
The Grizzlies (9-2-3, 6-0-2 MWL) started the match knowing they could not afford a tie or a loss. After a scoreless stalemate in the first half, they got more aggressive on defense and it led to an offensive opportunity in the 50th minute, where Michael Holden scored a header off a free kick.
In the 74th minute, defender Noah Aguilar came up to strip the ball from a Miller defender and put a shot into an empty goal, catching the Springfield goalkeeper away from the net.
Ashland goalkeeper Gabe Giancarlo had a great game in goal to preserve the clean sheet.
EAGLE POINT 0, WILLAMETTE 0, tie: At Eagle Point, despite a great offensive effort from midfielder Freddy Barajas, Eagle Point could only manage a tie with visiting Willamette in a Midwestern League battle.
Willamette was content to sit back and wait for the counter attack in a back-and-forth match. Barajas and the Eagle offense created nine shots on frame, five in the first half and four in the second half, but could not get anything to go.
Eagle Point (10-2-2, 5-1-2 MWL) got three athletic saves in the first half from senior goalkeeper Giovanni Rodriguez to preserve the tie.
CRATER 3, THURSTON 1: At Central Point, Crater scored its first league victory since 2005 behind three first-half goals in the Midwestern League and season finale at Dutch Meyer Field.
Malakai Grant scored in the 19th minute on an assist by Spencer Higginson to spark the Comets (4-8-2, 1-5-2 MWL) and then Jayden Vranes scored off a header in the 26th minute following a corner kick by Davis Yates.
Jacob Harnois closed the scoring in the 29th minute against Thurston (2-9-3, 1-5-2) off an assist by Tyson Palodichuk.
ST. MARY’S 5, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0: At Cave Junction, St. Mary’s remained unbeaten and atop the 3A District 5 standings with its 10th shutout victory of the season.
Despite having nine players out taking SAT tests, the Crusaders (12-0-1, 11-0 Dist. 5) didn’t miss a beat offensively. Junior Nate Sternenberg scored in the 16th minute on a shot that deflected off a defender for the only goal of the first half.
Sternenberg scored again in the 46th minute off an assist by Noah Friesen. One minute later another junior, William Kranenburg, hit the back of the net after Sternenberg fed him the ball. Kranenburg scored again in the 78th minute with a well-placed penalty kick, the team’s third of the game.
St. Mary’s goalkeeper Hunter Holdermann had three tough saves while reserves Matthew Wyant and Quinn Trivers filled in admirably in the defensive backfield to preserve the clean sheet.
PAISLEY 5, ROGUE RIVER 2: At Rogue River, senior forward Garren Decker scored twice in the second half for Rogue River but the Chieftains couldn’t keep up with Paisley in 3A District 5 play.
Paisley opened a 2-0 lead at halftime and led 3-0 when Decker found the net in the 49th minute. Decker scored his second goal for Rogue River (4-7, 4-7 Dist. 5) in the 61st minute on a penalty kick.