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PREP SOCCER: North girls roll to win over Phoenix

North Medford and Phoenix had to do the waiting game Friday for their girls soccer matchup, with the air quality here in the Rogue Valley leaving their game in doubt up until the final moments.

Once they got clearance, however, the Black Tornado gradually built toward an overwhelming victory, 7-1 at Bowerman Field.

North Medford (2-1) led only 2-0 at halftime but quickly found its groove thereafter against the Pirates (2-1).

“We struggled in the beginning, it was kind of a rough start,” said North Medford coach Morgan Barry. “There was just no intensity because we were waiting and waiting for the smoke to go down and then literally in the last second, ‘It’s on, let’s go.’”

Alisa Wisdom scored off an assist by Margaret Hamlin in the 26th minute, then two minutes later Hamlin set up a goal by Olivia Boger to give the Black Tornado its cushion at the break.

Alia Villa scored a pair of quick goals in the second half, sandwiching a goal by Phoenix’s Anahi Villa six minutes into the half, to make it 4-1. Jordan Alftine and Isabella Driskell registered assists on the North goals.

Sydnee James, Wisdom and Boger tallied goals to help close it out for the Black Tornado, with Boger and Wisdom also earning assists in that span.

Boys

SOUTH MEDFORD 3, ONTARIO 1: South Medford sophomore Cash Cota scored a pair of goals to help power the Panthers.

Eloy Saucedo ripped a 30-yard shot into the upper corner of the goal 10 minutes into the match to put South Medford ahead early.

In the 37th minute, Felix Valenzuela sent a nice through ball to Cota, who was able to beat the goalkeeper on a low shot.

The Panthers (2-0) went up 3-0 in the 48th minute when Javier Lopez sent a nice crossing pass to Cota, who had a tap-in goal.

Ontario (2-1-1) broke its scoring drought in the 63rd minute on a nice header goal.