PREP SOCCER: South overcomes elements, beats Roseburg
In a match greatly affected by windy conditions in Medford, South Medford kept the pressure on Roseburg and recorded 25 shots on goal on its way to claiming a 3-0 win in Southwest Conference action on Tuesday.
South (7-3-2, 7-1-1 SWC) opened up the scoring in the sixth minute with a goal inside the far post from Isabelle Cruz, assisted by Bella Bottero.
Bottero then took and scored directly from a corner kick in the 49th minute, getting some rotation on the ball and an assist from the wind into the goal. Brooke Fairbanks scored the Panthers’ final goal in the 70th minute off of a through ball from Cruz.
Roseburg fell to 3-9-1 overall and 2-7 in SWC play.
SOUTH EUGENE 4, NORTH MEDFORD 0: At Eugene, North Medford was unable to avenge a loss to league-leading South Eugene earlier this season as the Axe recorded the shutout.
North, which snapped a three-game losing skid last Friday against Roseburg, fell to 5-7 overall and 2-6 in the SWC.
With its second consecutive shutout, South Eugene improved to 9-2-1 overall and 8-0-1 in league play.
ASHLAND 1, CRATER 1: At Ashland, sophomore Addison Vranes’ 58th minute goal pulled Crater even and allowed the Comets to come away with a draw against Midwestern League-leading Ashland at Walter A. Phillips Field.
Ashland (7-0-5, 5-2 MWL) needed a pair of wins in the final week of the regular season to clinch the league title. And it was the Grizzlies who took a 1-0 lead in the 45th minute after a scoreless first half, with Sachi Moran setting up MaKenna Page.
Crater, however, responded with the game-tying goal 13 minutes later. Mia Tewes sent a free kick into the box that deflected off Ashland’s goalkeeper and Vranes was able to punch it home to knot the game at 1-1.
Ashland junior Joelle Annen had a strong game in the center of the Grizzlies’ defense, while fullback Mary Nadauld also had a big-time showing defensively for Crater (1-4-5, 1-2-4 MWL).
SOUTH MEDFORD 1, ROSEBURG 1: At Roseburg, South Medford scored an equalizing goal in the 49th minute, but neither team was able to find the back of the net to pull in front.
After a scoreless first half, Roseburg (6-5-2, 3-4-2 SWC) came out in the second half and earned a quick free kick, resulting in a loose ball in the box that Ephraim Webber found and put into the goal, giving Roseburg a 1-0 advantage.
The Panthers (7-4-1, 4-3-1 SWC) countered in the 49th minute with a score headed in by Eloy Saucedo off of a corner kick from Cash Cota.
Alex Rodriguez also had a strong game for South, creating a lot of chances from his right forward position.
SOUTH EUGENE 2, NORTH MEDFORD 0: At Eugene, North Medford hung tough but couldn’t pull off a second straight upset win over SWC powerhouse South Eugene.
North (4-6-2, 2-4-2 SWC), which beat South Eugene 1-0 on Sept. 29 in Medford, trailed all of 10 minutes into Tuesday’s match against the SWC-leading Axe (10-2, 7-1).
The Black Tornado battled to keep it at a 1-0 deficit before South Eugene doubled its lead in the final 15 minutes.
Senior Scott Bowman had a strong game for the Black Tornado.