Nisbet overtime goal boosts South girls

GRANTS PASS — South Medford coach Terry Fretz saw an opening in the Grants Pass defense and encouraged Rebecca Nisbet to exploit it.

That she did, sending a high, arcing shot over the Grants Pass goalkeeper's outstretched arms to give the Panthers a 1-0 girls soccer victory Saturday in Southwest Conference action.

Her shot came in the sixth minute of the first of two 10-minute overtime sessions.

Mindful of Nisbet's ability to "place the ball so well" with either foot and noting that she'd powered a couple shots right at the Caver keeper, Fretz told her at the end of regulation to try another approach.

"I said, 'Hey, next time, whether you're on the right or left, try to loft one over the keeper,'" said Fretz. "She hit a couple of driven shots to the keeper, and their keeper is pretty solid. We also noticed the keeper was off line just a little bit and we could go to the opposite top corner."

The goal held up and South evened its SWC record at 1-1. It is 2-3-1 overall.

Neither side had a bundle of scoring chances.

The Panthers' best opportunity came with 10 minutes left. Rachel Fortunati broke down the middle, slid and shot, beating the keeper who had come at her, but the ball hit off a post and caromed across the goal mouth. Kelly Dunlap volleyed it back, and the ball continued to ricochet in front of the net.

"It was kind of going all over," said Fretz. "I didn't care if it hit one of them, just as long as it went in. It was pretty exciting."

The Cavers had a breakaway in overtime that frayed Fretz's nerves, but it went for naught.

Grants Pass dropped to 3-3, 1-1 in SWC.

NORTH MEDFORD 1, SOUTH EUGENE 0 — At Eugene, North Medford freshman Amber Black scored with 9:35 left in the match to lift the Black Tornado to 2-0 in Southwest Conference play and 3-2 overall.

After a throw in, Jessica Reid corralled the ball and made a pass toward Black in the middle of the field. With South Eugene's goalkeeper coming off the goal line a little, Black seized the opportunity and ripped an 18-yard shot over the keeper and into the back of the net.

Black now has two goals in SWC play, each helping North to a pair of 1-0 victories.

Sweeper Alex Kummer was strong on defense to leave goalkeeper Kendra McMillen little to do in earning the shutout, while freshman Sarah Chambers was a workhorse on top in her forward position in a very physical contest.

SHELDON 2, ROSEBURG 1 — At Eugene, Kendyl Alie scored in the 78th minute to propel Sheldon to the SWC victory.

Brooke Strawn scored in the sixth minute for Roseburg (0-5-1, 0-2 SWC) off a corner kick by Cynthia McElmurry, but Sheldon's Taylor Hously answered four minutes later to tie the contest.

Sheldon (2-0 SWC) outshot the Indians 12-5.

District 6

ST. MARY'S 2, PHOENIX 0 — Junior Sarah Seus played a role in both St. Mary's goals at Spiegelberg Stadium.

The Crusaders (4-1, 2-1 Dist. 6) dominated possession throughout the game and led 1-0 at halftime.

Sophomore Carlie Irvine scored on a driven header at point-blank range in the seventh minute. Irvine finished the tight combination play begun by Kelsey Gross along the touch line. Gross got the ball to Seus, who dribbled down the side then put a crossing pass near the far post to Irvine.

Seus scored unassisted in the 57th minute when she stripped a defender at the top of the box then fired a shot diagonally inside the post from about 16 yards.

The Crusaders received spirited play from sophomore Lindsay Barnum, who was moved from defender to midfield, and sophomore fullback Abby Steinsiek, who consistently pushed forward on the attack.

NORTH VALLEY 4, HENLEY 1 — At Merlin, Nicole Goens scored twice and had one assist to lead North Valley to the District 6 win.

Goens scored in the 27th and 79th minutes, and picked up the assist on Brooke Fray's goal in the 47th minute. Trisha Durham also scored for the Knights (3-1 District 6), with Natalie Goens earning the assist in the 51st minute.

Claire Whitmore tallied for Henley in the 50th minute.

HIDDEN VALLEY 4, ROGUE RIVER 0 — Jessie Hanger scored a pair of goals, both on assists by Dana Powell, and Stephanie Carter posted the shutout in goal for Hidden Valley.

Ashley Hart added an unassisted goal for the Mustangs (4-1, 2-1 District 6), while Rachelle Slick scored on an assist by Ariana Fleishman.


CRATER 1, SOUTH ALBANY 0 — At Central Point, Crater scored the game's lone goal in the early going and recorded its first win of the season in the nonconference game.

Junior Taylor McGee took a pass from Erika Williams in the third minute and powered in the shot.

Comet goalkeeper Katie Orr made a couple of saves — South Albany managed only four shots — in earning the shutout.

Crater is 1-3-2 overall.

EAGLE POINT 1, CROOK COUNTY 1 — At Prineville, Marissa O'Connor scored on a breakaway goal in the eighth minute for Eagle Point in the nonconference tie.

O'Connor put a shot into the lower right corner to give the Eagles (2-1-2) an early lead, but Crook County's Ashlyn Hanson answered three minutes later with a breakaway goal of her own.

Neither team could capitalize after that, with Taylor Anderson making seven saves in goal for Eagle Point.

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