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Prep roundup: North Medford girls bag first win

Prep roundup / Soccer, volleyball

North Medford secured its first girls soccer win of the season after Sophie Elam tucked a shot inside the far post midway through the second half for a 2-1 decision over Eagle Point Monday at Spiegelberg Stadium.

Elam’s score came in the 65th minute — the only goal of the second half — and gave the Black Tornado a 1-5 record. The Eagles dropped to 0-6-1.

Both teams had other scoring opportunities that barely missed the mark.

“It was a tough game,” said North Medford coach Patrick Mangan, “but we ended up grinding it out. Our defense palyed really well.”

Defenders Brooke Richardson and Margaret Hamlin stood out in the back, and backup goalie Harrison Poe “played amazing and had a couple really good saves,” said Mangan.

Taylor Denn, Emily Parger and Elam were all aggressive on the attack, said the coach, “we just couldn’t finish.”

North Medford struck first in the 20th minute, when Jordan Alftine gathered a sharp cross from Malisa Kuitert and punched it into the goal.

Eagle Point knotted it up five minutes later. On a set play on a corner kick, Edith Sibrian sent the ball toward the goal, where Makenna Maldonado headed it to Leslie Barajas, who headed it in for the score.

SOUTH MEDFORD 1, GRANTS PASS 1: At Grants Pass, South Medford had clung to a 1-0 lead for most of the contest, but Brooke Anderson scored a goal late to help Grants Pass salvage a tie with the Panthers.

Anderson got loose from the Panthers’ defense on a fastbreak and found the back of the net to knot the score 1-all in the 62nd minute for the Cavers (5-1-1), who received seven saves from senior goalkeeper Sam Borngasser.

The Panthers (6-0-1) broke the ice in the 35th minute when Brooke Fairbanks banked in a goal off the frame on a set-up from Rainie Dabbs.

South Medford goalkeeper Jaeda Boutwell, playing the first half, came up with six saves.

CRATER 3, ASHLAND 2: At Central Point, with the contest knotted at 2-all, Emma Stanley knocked in the go-ahead goal in the 63rd minute to put Crater in front for good in a wild, seesaw battle with Ashland.

Stanley’s score was made possible on a pass by Addison Vranes.

The Comets (4-2-2) struck first in the first 30 seconds of the contest when Allison Waters raced down the left side and found Joslyn Sizemore for the quick goal.

The Grizzlies (4-3-1) answered with a minute remaining in the first half on a goal by Emmeline Clark. Ashland then opened the second half with a goal in the first 30 seconds to take a 2-1 lead.

Crater responded 11 minutes later when Waters set up a Vranes score to tie it at 2-all before Stanley’s heroics.

Comet center backs Mia Tewes and Kelsey Sakraida were key defensively, as well as midfielder Ayden Wycoff, who was physical and disruptive.

Boys Soccer

NORTH MEDFORD 1, EAGLE POINT 0: At Eagle Point, North Medford’s Braden Byrd broke a scoreless tie midway through the second half and held on.

The Black Tornado improved to 5-1 after Byrd benefited from a hard push up the field, created by teammate Ulysses Gomez. After a shot by Gomez caromed out, Byrd wound up with the ball and a clear follow shot from about 8 yards.

The score came in the 65th minute.

Eagle Point dropped to 4-2-1.

SOUTH MEDFORD 1, GRANTS PASS 0: Eloy Saucedo came through for host South Medford with the go-ahead goal in the 60th minute in a sharp defensive performance by both squads.

Saucedo dribbled from the Panthers’ half of the field, beating several Grants Pass defenders along the way, and connected from 25 yards out in another tight contest. The two teams tied 2-all in their first match-up of the season.

Senior goalkeeper Jude Pannell registered the shutout, during which he came up with several key saves for the Panthers (4-2-1), who were anchored on defense by senior center back Peyton Terry.

The loss ended a three-game winning streak for the Cavemen (3-3-1).

ASHLAND 5, CRATER 0: At Ashland, Carson Pindell had a role in all five Ashland goals — including tallying three of them for a hat trick — as the Grizzlies improved to 6-1-1 on senior night.

Ashland recognized 11 seniors, including Pindell and goalie Gabe Giancarlo, who made several outstanding plays against the Comets (0-8).

Pindell scored in the seventh and 15th minutes to give the Grizzlies a 2-0 halftime lead. His first goal was assisted by Noah Aguilar.

In the 55th minute, Crater attempted a penalty kick that Giancarlo stopped, then sent a long kick for an assist on Pindell’s third goal. The PK save was the second for Giancarlo in as many games.

Pindell then assisted on goals by Cash Cota in the 59th minute and Michael Holden in the 63rd.

Defenders Kai Larson and Holden were instrumental in the the shutout.

PHOENIX 3, HIDDEN VALLEY 1: At Murphy, Victor Martinez scored two goals to boost Phoenix.

The Pirates (7-0) led 2-0 on a pair of Martinez goals, then tallied an insurance score in the second half against the Mustangs (3-2-1).

Martinez scored in the 11th minute off a pass from Caden Gallegos, and again in the 22nd minute after taking a pass from Jorge Mejia.

Mejia scored in the 57th minute, aided by Gallegos’ second assist.

Hidden Valley got on the board in the 57th minute.

WESTERN CHRISTIAN/AMITY 5, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 1: At Salem, Western Christian scored three first-half goals and cruised to the victory, remaining unbeaten on the season.

The Pioneers are 9-0 and handed the Challengers their first loss of the season, leaving them 6-1.

Levi Marincus scored Cascade Christian’s lone goal late in the contest, converting a penalty kick. Defenders Solomon Hewitt and Brandon Parker had strong outings for the Challengers.

ST. MARY’S 6, ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST 0: Will Kranenburg’s hat trick helped St. Mary’s snap a two-game losing streak with a victory over Rogue Valley Adventist at U.S. Cellular Community Park.

Kranenburg scored in the 16th and 26th minutes to push the Crusaders’ halftime lead to 4-0. He scored his third goal in the 65th minute.

Kranenburg’s younger brother, Chris Kranenburg, scored the contest’s first goal, Leo Cronk added a goal and two assists and Noah Friesen scored and assisted for the Crusaders (4-4).

The defeat dropped the Red Tail Hawks’ record to 1-4-1.

Volleyball

SOUTH MEDFORD 3, GRANTS PASS 2: At Grants Pass, South Medford ran its winning streak to four matches with a 25-21, 21-25, 25-16, 21-25, 15-13 victory.

Katie Clevenger led the charge for the Panthers (7-2) with 17 kills, 10 digs and seven service aces.

Tes Wente added 12 kills and five blocks, and Baylee Davis registered 29 assists and three aces.

Kiya Jackson chipped in five kills, and Amanda Drane had 20 digs.

Grants Pass dropped to 0-5.

DAYS CREEK 3, ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST 1: Days Creek pulled out a tough match in the RVA gym, 25-20, 24-26, 25-21, 27-25, handing the hosts only their second loss in 11 matches.

For the Red Tail Hawks, Emma Bischoff racked up 21 kills, and Madelyn Bennett had nine assists and three kills.

Destinee Quattrocelli had 18 assists and five digs, and Juliet Quave notched 11 digs.

Days Creek improved to 10-2.