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PREP SOCCER: North starts fast, but can’t hold on vs. Summit

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It was the kind of opening 10 minutes Saturday afternoon that had first-year North Medford girls soccer head coach Morgan Barry wondering what else could happen next.

There wasn’t just one or two goals, it was an offensive flurry — with 70 minutes still to play.

North Medford raced out to a 2-0 lead but its bright start didn’t last forever. Summit was able to find its footing and go from there, as the Storm — who have lost all of one game in the 2021 calendar year — rattled off six unanswered goals to claim a 6-2 win at Bowerman Field.

Summit’s Madeline Gardner scored her team’s first goal to begin the comeback and what proved to be the game-winning goal nine minutes into the second half to finish with a hat trick.

“I was proud of my girls for coming out like that, especially coming off the jamboree we had struggled a little bit,” Barry said. “But coming out with two goals scored in the first six minutes, it was crazy and I was proud of them. We struggled to keep that intensity since within a minute they split our defense and got behind us.”

Playing its first game of the season after Friday’s previously scheduled opener against Bend was canceled due to air quality concerns, North jumped on Summit within the blink of an eye.

Margaret Hamlin put the Black Tornado ahead with less than three minutes off the clock, racing down the left wing as North broke free on the counterattack and firing a shot past the keeper at the far post.

“(Hamlin) called for the ball, they got her and she kept on going and beat the defense to put it in the back of the net. It was awesome,” Barry said in regard to Hamlin’s run that spanned nearly half the field. “We just talked about how we can’t come into this game thinking about the jamboree and coming off of that and struggling. Every team we play is a good team and we have to come out pumped. We have just as much skill as any other team, it’s just a matter of if you want it or not.”

North Medford (0-1) doubled its lead three minutes later after being awarded a penalty kick following a foul in the box. Malisa Kuitert, who initially thought it was a free kick rather than a PK, stepped up to the spot and delivered a low shot just inside the right post to put North ahead 2-0.

But that proved to be just half of the first-half craziness.

Summit (1-0-1) needed just seconds after the restart to make it 2-1, as two quick passes were played after the ball was kicked off before Madeline Gardner made a run into the box and slotted home a shot past the onrushing goalkeeper.

Two minutes later, Joanne Porter tied the game at 2-all when she scored on a free kick from 20 yards out.

Within a 16-minute span in the second half, Summit turned the 2-2 halftime score into a 5-2 lead. Madeline Gardner scored the first two goals of the second half, the latter coming from the penalty spot in the 60th minute to complete the hat trick.

Violet Holme and Grace Gardner rounded out the scoring for the Storm.

“Essentially, (Summit) had a little bit more intensity,” Barry said. “We got a little down on ourselves after those balls kept going into the back of the net. So, it’s just about teaching those girls to keep their heads up and keep playing and stay focused. They just had a little bit more focus than we did.”

Air quality permitting, North Medford will play at Crater on Tuesday night.

BEND 7, SOUTH MEDFORD 0: At Bend, Sydney Sventik scored three goals and Jordan Welsh added two goals to help Bend overwhelm South Medford in nonconference action.

The Panthers dropped to 0-2.

ASHLAND 4, NORTH BEND 0: At Coos Bay, Ashland got goals from Sachi Moran and Ini Hammond within the first 25 minutes to build a comfortable lead and cruise to a Midwestern League win at Southwestern Oregon Community College.

The Grizzlies (1-0-1, 1-0 MWL) got on the board all of five minutes into the match thanks to a Bulldogs own goal. Moran, a senior, doubled Ashland’s lead five minutes later on a shot from just outside of the penalty box off an assist from Lauren Andrews.

Hammond made it 3-0 in the 25th minute off a pass from Moran.

McKenna Paige rounded out the scoring for the Grizzlies, who had a total of 15 corner kicks and outshot North Bend (0-1, 0-1) by a 19-1 margin.

PHOENIX 6, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 0: At Phoenix, freshman Anahi Villa scored a hat trick and host Phoenix controlled possession to limit any scoring opportunities for Cascade Christian.

Villa scored all three of her goals in the second half, tallying on an unassisted effort in the 50th minute to go with goals in the 58th and 72nd minutes for the Pirates (2-0).

Carsyn Gallegos opened the scoring in the 15th minute off an assist by Katie Christensen, and then Gallegos set up Anabell Delgado for a goal in the 24th minute to help Phoenix lead 2-0 at the half.

Izzy Sellers closed the scoring in the 75th minute against Cascade Christian (0-4).

Jayden Vos moved from her typical defender position in the absence of Phoenix’s leading two goalkeepers and stopped two shots by the Challengers.

Boys

SOUTH MEDFORD 2, BEND 1: At Bend, sophomore forward Cash Cota scored a pair of goals to lead South Medford over Bend in the Panthers’ season opener.

Cota, who played his freshman season at Ashland, took a pass from Eloy Saucedo and slotted it home to give the Panthers (1-0) a 1-0 lead in the 30th minute.

Cota put the Panthers ahead 2-0 in the second half, with Alex Rodriguez recording the assist.

Bend (1-3-1) spoiled South’s bid at a shutout with less than a minute to go when sophomore defender Parks Vodak headed home a corner kick.

South goalkeeper Silvano Pineda, a sophomore called up from the JV team, made a pair of saves in the win. South’s pair of central defenders, seniors Sergio Pina and Connor Maukonen, had strong games defensively.

SUMMIT 4, NORTH MEDFORD 0: At Bend, senior Alex Grignon converted a pair of penalty kicks as Summit topped North Medford in the Black Tornado’s season opener.

North (0-1) had seen its first three games canceled due to poor air quality.

Summit (3-0), a 6A state finalist in 2019, went ahead 1-0 in the 25th minute on Grignon’s first penalty kick of the day. The Storm doubled their lead five minutes before halftime and went in the break up 2-0.

North Medford goalkeeper Fernando Ortiz made 12 saves, while senior captain Ulysses Gomez played a strong game.

ASHLAND 5, NORTH BEND 0: At Coos Bay, senior forward Davidson Graham scored a pair of first-half goals to lead the way as the Grizzlies opened Midwestern League play with a comfortable win over North Bend at Southwestern Oregon Community College.

Sophomore Lupin Paz opened the scoring for Ashland (1-1, 1-0 MWL) in the 19th minute with an unassisted goal. Nine minutes later, Graham headed home a cross from Lucas Poareo Davidson to double the Grizzlies’ lead against a North Bend team that was playing its season opener after its previous four games were canceled.

Graham struck again late in the first half when he took a Mario Jacobson pass and saw his shot deflect off the right post and in.

Jacobson capped the Grizzlies’ big first half by both winning a penalty kick after he was taken down inside of the 18-yard box and then calmly finishing the PK to make it 4-0.

Milo Sweeney scored Ashland’s final goal of the game with five minutes remaining.

Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneNorth Medford’s Margaret Hamlin, right, shoots the ball ahead of Summit’s Ella Schwindt for a goal during the first half of Saturday’s game.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneNorth Medford’s Malisa Kultert successfully converts a penalty kick during the first half of Saturday’s game against Summit.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneNorth Medford’s Olivia Boger, left, collides with Summit’s Laura Bagley going for the ball during the first half of Saturday’s game.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneNorth Medford’s Jordan Alftine, left, challenges Summit’s Cassidy Ward for the ball during the first half of Saturday’s game.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneNorth Medford’s Nerea Alcoz-Walls takes the ball away from Summit’s Jenna Brown during the first half of Saturday’s game.