PREP ROUNDUP: South Medford falls in six-goal thriller
EUGENE — South Eugene capitalized on a number of South Medford mistakes, scoring four unanswered goals in a 4-2 win over the Panthers in Southwest Conference girls soccer action Tuesday night.
South Medford (1-3, 1-1 SWC) struck first with a goal in the seventh minute from junior Alexandra Maukonen with an assist from sophomore Addison Bellm.
But South Eugene (2-2, 1-0 SWC) responded with a goal from junior Ella Miranda just four minutes later off of a corner kick. Miranda added her second goal in the 22nd minute from approximately 20 yards out unmarked, helping the Axe take a 2-1 lead into halftime.
South Eugene senior Nina Van Ryzin scored two minutes into the second half before senior Sofia Serrano sliced through the middle of the South Medford defense to score in the 52nd minute.
“We paid a price for making some mistakes and South Eugene was strong enough to take advantage of those,” South Medford head coach Dave Potter said.
In the final 20 minutes of the game, however, Potter said the Panthers’ intensity increased, following a goal from senior Isabelle Cruz on a penalty kick in the 58th minute. The two teams were nearly even in shots on goal with an estimated 10 each, Potter said.
South Medford junior goalkeeper Eve Lynx also recorded five point-blank saves, keeping the Axe out of goal in several one-on-one situations.
NORTH MEDFORD 2, GRANTS PASS 1: Freshman forward Bella Driskell scored a pair of second-half goals to lead North Medford to a win over Grants Pass at North Medford High.
After a scoreless first half, the Black Tornado (3-1, 1-0) struck first in the 60th minute courtesy of Driskell.
It didn’t take Driskell long to get her second goal, as she doubled North’s lead 10 minutes later.
Grants Pass (0-3, 0-2) cut the North lead in half seven minutes later, but the Black Tornado defense was able to hold on in the final minutes to preserve the win.
CRATER 0, ASHLAND 0: At Central Point, despite scoring chances for both teams, neither Crater not Ashland could find the back of the net in a Midwestern League stalemate.
Crater (0-2-2, 0-1-1 MWL) had its best scoring chance of the night midway through the second half when freshman forward Addison Dippel forced a big save out of Ashland keeper Esme Barnes, who came on at halftime in relief of starter Zadi Burke.
Burke finished with a pair of saves, while Barnes had the one save. Crater keeper Fallon Campbell saved both of the shots the Grizzlies put on target.
Crater midfielders Kayleigh Gugliotta and Mia Tewes had standout performances and distributed the ball well to teammates.
SOUTH EUGENE 8, SOUTH MEDFORD 1: South Eugene junior Charlie Lacey recorded a hat trick within 41 minutes and the Axe handed South Medford its first loss of the season in SWC action at South Medford High School.
Lacey gave South Eugene, playing its first SWC game of the season, a 1-0 lead 60 seconds into the game after he scored on a breakaway opportunity.
The Axe (4-1, 1-0 SWC) then scored two goals within a minute of each other midway through the opening half to go ahead 3-0. Lacey scored to double South Eugene’s lead, then sent in the cross to get the assist on Tetsuzo Hokari’s easy finish.
South Medford (3-1, 1-1) got a goal back before the end of the first half via senior forward Tyson Palodichuk with an assist from sophomore forward Cash Cota.
Lacey finished off his hat trick less than a minute into the second half.
South Medford got a strong performance from sophomore defender Andrew Opperman, who the team pulled up from JV two matches ago and has since earned a starting role.
GRANTS PASS 2, NORTH MEDFORD 1: At Grants Pass, North Medford got another goal from William Gillock, but the Black Tornado couldn’t hang on in a road loss to Grants Pass.
Gillock gave North (2-3, 0-1 SWC) the lead 25 minutes in on an assist from Danny Ortiz.
Grants Pass (1-2, 1-1) tied the game just before halftime, as the Cavemen sent in a cross that was misjudged by the goalkeeper and found the back of the net.
The Cavemen scored what proved to be the game-winning goal with 20 minutes remaining in the game.
HENLEY 8, ST. MARY’S 0: At Klamath Falls, Henley scored all eight of its goals in the first half to see the mercy rule go into effect at halftime against St. Mary’s.
St. Mary’s freshman goalkeeper Davis Jones made six saves against the Class 4A Hornets (2-1-1).
The Crusaders fell to 1-3 with the loss.
SOUTH MEDFORD 3, ASHLAND 0: At Ashland, a dominant second set helped propel South Medford to a 25-19, 25-4, 25-23 win over Ashland at North Mountain Avenue Gymnasium.
South Medford junior Katie Clevenger had a team-high 21 kills with three blocks and three digs. Senior Emily Fliegel added eight kills, five digs and two aces, while junior Baylee Davis had a team-high 25 assists and four aces. Sophomore Brooke Johnston tallied five kills, three digs and two blocks.
For Ashland (2-4), senior Amelia Evans had a team-high five kills and nine blocks. Sophomore Stella Crane chipped in two kills, two blocks, two aces and three digs.
NORTH MEDFORD 3, GRANTS PASS 1: At Grants Pass, North Medford senior Audrey Yechout recorded a team-high 14 kills and added 12 digs to lead the Black Tornado to its first SWC win of the season, 25-11, 25-20, 22-25, 25-22.
North (5-4, 1-1 SWC) got 13 kills from senior Jackie Aukusitino, while fellow senior Makayla Miller had 15 digs.
North Medford senior setter Pa’oa Payne-Kaeo finished with 32 assists.
As a team, the Black Tornado had 10 blocks and 10 aces.
Grants Pass fell to 1-2 overall and 0-1 in the SWC.
HENLEY 3, PHOENIX 1: At Phoenix, Phoenix hung tough but ultimately fell in four sets to visiting Henley, 15-25, 26-24, 11-25, 18-25 in Skyline Conference action.
Phoenix senior Raelyssa Goff finished with 28 digs and three kills, while Allyson Ellis had eight aces and 11 assists. Freshman Ariah Potts added 10 digs and six kills, while Ami Safady had four kills and a block.
Phoenix (3-7, 1-1) finished with 57 digs as a team.
Henley improved to 6-2 overall and 2-0 in the Skyline.
SUTHERLIN 3, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 2: Cascade Christian wasn’t able to shut the door for the second time in the span of a week and lost another five-set thriller, this time to Sutherlin, 25-14, 26-24, 18-25, 15-25, 12-15, in Far West League action.
The Challengers (3-5, 1-1 FWL) — who lost in five sets to Henley last Tuesday night — got a team-high 12 kills from sophomore Maddi Carter and 10 kills from fellow sophomore Maddie Todd.
Cascade Christian sophomore setter Molly Griffin finished with 27 assists and seven aces, while junior Ellie Harrington had 15 digs.
Sutherlin improved to 7-2 overall and 2-0 in the FWL with its fifth straight win.
ST. MARY’S 3, DOUGLAS 0: Led by 10 aces from senior outside hitter Lainey Stranberg, St. Mary’s had a strong night from the service line, recording 21 aces in a 25-19, 25-22, 25-11 home win over Douglas.
St. Mary’s (6-3, 2-0 Far West League) found momentum in the third set and picked up its passing game, led by junior setter Kaitlyn Hansen, who had 20 assists and eight digs.
Junior middle blocker Kelsey Dunn led the team with 13 kills, Stranberg had a team-high 12 digs and junior libero Albie Borovansky added eight digs.
Douglas fell to 2-5 overall and 0-2 in the Far West League.