Jensen, Panthers open SWC with win
The South Medford girls soccer team has rebounded nicely after a frustrating start to the year.
The Panthers — who fell, 7-2, to Bend in their season opener on Sept. 5 — picked up their third straight victory, topping Roseburg 1-0 in Southwest Conference action on Tuesday.
Brittney Jensen scored in the 11th minute on a perfectly timed Erin Riley assist for South (3-1, 1-0 SWC), which has outscored its opponents, 7-0, since the defeat.
After a scramble for the ball, Riley delivered a one-touch half volley to Jensen, who was cutting through the penalty box. Jensen finished off the play with the boot from about 15 yards out.
Hannah Kapple and Raney Brooks made big contributions in the middle of the field, Larissa Lakin and Desiree Lakin were strong at center back and defender Anna Rose kept Roseburg scoring threat Mahala Norris in check.
Goalkeeper McKenzie Kapp earned the complete-match shutout.
The Indians dropped to 1-4 overall, 0-1 in league.
GRANTS PASS 1, NORTH MEDFORD 0: Brooke Blacksmith scored early in the second half to lift Grants Pass in the Southwest Conference opener.
Jessi Witherington had the assist for the Cavers (3-0-1, 1-0 SWC).
Defender Sarah Thomas and forward Halley Folsom turned in strong performances for the Black Tornado, which dropped to 2-1-2 overall, 0-1 in league.
ASHLAND 6, KLAMATH UNION 0: At Ashland, Faci Graham and Mya Elder Hammond scored two goals apiece and Jessica Harrower had two assists as Ashland pulled away at North Mountain Park.
Graham and Samantha Lilley scored the first two goals for the Grizzlies (3-1-1) in the 13th and 31st minutes, respectively, both off assists by Harrower.
Elder Hammond scored in the 44th and 65th, first off a penalty kick and later off an assist by Graham.
Calysta Susu-Mago made it 5-0 in the 73rd, and Graham completed the scoring off a nice cross by freshman Hailee Hayes in the 79th.
MAZAMA 4, CRATER 0: At Klamath Falls, after falling behind 3-0 at halftime, Crater played more effectively in the second period but couldn’t finish off some key opportunities in the nonleague game.
Forward Sydney Beck and defender Olivia Suarez provided the Comets (1-2) with energized performances.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 1, HIDDEN VALLEY 0: At Murphy, freshman Jenna Worthington scored the game’s lone goal in the 51st minute in the nonconference match. Worthington converted from about 14 yards on a Makenzie Hickman pass.
Haley Reed of the Challengers (3-1) was strong first at stopper, then at left wing. Senior goalie Jessica Weber had six saves.
ILLINOIS VALLEY 2, BROOKINGS JV 1: At Cave Junction, Rachael Starr scored with 30 seconds left to seal the nonleague win for Illinois Valley.
Julia Marinho’s first-half goal looked as if it would hold up for the Cougars (2-2) until an own goal evened it in the 75th.
Sweeper Kynan Nordal recorded a strong outing for IV.