EUGENE — Although the North Medford girls soccer team attempted more shots and controlled time of possession, lack of execution and a defensive lapse midway through the second half proved costly for the Black Tornado in its Southwest Conference opener with host Sheldon on Saturday.
The match was a stalemate until the 55th minute, when the Irish were able to penetrate the Black Tornado defense and tally the go-ahead goal for a 2-0 victory.
“We controlled (the ball) for most of the game and we played better but there was about a 10-minute period where we got tired and they slipped two through balls and it was a footrace,” said North Medford coach Patrick Mangan. “We took more shots but we just couldn’t finish. We’ve just got to finish better.”
The Irish (4-1, 1-0 SWC) tacked on another goal in the 65th minute to pad their lead.
Defensive midfielder Jazzlynn Ross excelled on the field for North Medford (0-2-2, 0-1) by snuffing out several attacks by the Irish all while distributing the ball well, while goalkeeper Brinley O’Neill gobbled up 12 saves.
GRANTS PASS 3, SOUTH MEDFORD 2: Grants Pass tallied two second-half goals to knock off South Medford in the Southwest Conference opener at South Medford High.
The Panthers (1-4-0 overall) struck first on Whitney Winans’ first score of the season in the 22nd minute.
The Cavers tied it for a 1-1 halftime score, then scored twice before the Panthers’ Maddy Pineda found the net in the 74th minute.
Grants Pass is 4-0-1.
ASHLAND 1, NORTH BEND 1: At North Bend, Ashland rallied to tie the score in the first half of the Midwestern League opener, then neither team tallied again.
North Bend scored in the 14th minute when Haley Snelgrove poked in a shot following a throw-in that bounced around the Grizzlies’ penalty box.
In the 24th minute, Ashland senior captain Lily Annen found the net off a corner kick from Karis Lee.
Ashland outshot the Bulldogs 11-4.
SPRINGFIELD 4, CRATER 1: At Central Point, Crater suffered its first loss of the season, and it came in the Midwestern League opener for both teams.
The Comets (3-1-3 overall) got a score from Makiah Palmer in the 34th minute. She received a pass from McKenna Gugliotta on the play.
Springfield (2-2-1) scored the first three goals and led 3-1 at halftime.
THURSTON 11, EAGLE POINT 0: At Eagle Point, Thurston’s offensive production was too much for Eagle Point as both squads began Midwestern League play.
The Eagles dropped to 0-5 overall and 0-1 in MWL while the Colts moved to 3-2-1 and 1-0.