The South Medford girls soccer team expected a difficult time finding the back of the net against South Eugene, and that’s exactly what the Panthers got.
South Eugene posted its ninth straight shutout — all in Southwest Conference victories — in edging host South Medford 1-0 on Thursday.
The Axemen (9-0, 9-1 SWC) netted the game’s lone goal in the 60th minute, when freshman forward Sahve Beller put in a free kick from about 18 yards out.
Defender Bailee Smith, midfield Madelyn Pineda and forwards Whitney Winans, Chloe Alvarez and Ula Chamberlin were standout players for the Panthers (6-3-3, 5-2-3), who remained in second place in the SWC.
“It was an intense game and a good battle,” South coach Chris Hollewijn said. “We did just about everything we could except kick the ball in the net.”
NORTH EUGENE 2, ASHLAND 0: At Eugene, North Eugene got goals from Jordan Wormdahl and Brittany Smith in the crucial Midwestern League victory.
North Eugene (10-1, 5-0 MWL) took over sole possession of first place with two regular-season games to go.
The loss snapped the Grizzlies’ five-match winning streak, dropping them to 8-2-1 overall and 4-1 in league play.
HENLEY 2, PHOENIX 0: At Klamath Falls, Henley scored both goals in the opening 10 minutes, and Phoenix wasn’t able to recover in the Skyline Conference match.
Megan Farley, a senior, contributed solid defense to help keep the game close for the Pirates (3-8, 1-7 Sky), thwarting multiple scoring chances for the Hornets (5-5-2, 3-3-2).
Offensively, junior forward Maggie Carrillo supplied tenacious play, coming up with a couple shots on goal.
PHOENIX 2, HENLEY 1: At Klamath Falls, Phoenix scored the first two goals, then hung on for the Skyline Conference win.
Sergio Urena tallied for the Pirates (6-2-2, 6-2 Sky) in the 10th minute off an assist from Kassem Akil. The score remained 1-0 until halftime.
Jacob Jee’s penalty kick in the 44th minute made it 2-0.
Henley tied it in the 69th minute.
Phoenix had 14 shots to Henley’s four, and six corner kicks to the Hornets’ two.