GRANTS PASS — Hoping to settle things on their own terms, the North Medford girls soccer team had to overcome a fast start by Grants Pass before ultimately getting their way in a 2-1 Southern Oregon Hybrid victory on Saturday.
The Cavers scored six minutes into the contest but Amanda Hisey answered with a pair of goals in a frenzied first half, then each team was kept at bay during a tense second half at Mel Ingram Field.
The win allowed the Black Tornado (12-0-2, 6-0-2 SOH) to cap an undefeated regular season and secure a second straight SOH title.
"This was a good one for us and our program," said North Medford head coach Rich Garcia. "One thing we said going into this game was we're not going to back into a championship. We wanted to win it outright and not worry about someone else having to help out."
The Black Tornado held a four-point edge over Grants Pass (7-3-2, 4-2-1) heading into Saturday's regular season finale for North. The Cavers still faced another game Tuesday against South Medford and conceivably could have surpassed the Tornado with a win Saturday and again Tuesday since wins garner three points apiece in the standings.
After Sydney Lawless scored on a nice 18-yard shot once she got behind North's defense, the Tornado buckled down and scored an equalizer in the 22nd minute when Ashley Parker carried the ball up the right side, centered a pass to Hisey, who had her back to the goal and quickly turned and rifled a 16-yard shot into the goal.
In the 38th minute, McKensie Ragan cleared the ball to Amber Black, who sent a through ball to Hisey that she ran onto and dribbled through the defense before netting a 6-yard effort.
That 2-1 lead held up through halftime and 40 more minutes of play as North's Tori Foy did well to mark Lawless and the Tornado got a boost from Kimmy Parker at midfield. North will be off until the state playoffs begin on Nov. 5.
Amanda Tonkin made six clutch saves in the second half to preserve the victory.
ROSEBURG 2, SOUTH MEDFORD 0 — Claire Ibarra scored in the 25th minute and Brooke Strawn clinched the match with a goal in the 71st minute off a Hannah Russo assist for Roseburg at South Medford High.
Ally Swanson earned the shutout in goal for the Indians (8-5, 4-3 SOH), and South Medford missed out on a few scoring chances and dropped to 5-5-3 overall and 2-4-1 in league.
CRATER 5, EAGLE POINT 0 — At Eagle Point, Makayla Hickman scored two unassisted goals and passed for another to lead Crater in the nonconference game.
Desi Noon, Alex Scharf and Tori Noon also tallied for the Comets (2-9-1), while Jordan Hevern added an assist.
Eagle Point (0-12) goalie Bri Burks made eight saves and sweeper Cortlin Russell, who moved over from forward, had a strong game.
HIDDEN VALLEY 4, PHOENIX 0 — At Murphy, sophomore forward Katelyn Lambert was dominant in leading Hidden Valley to the Skyline Conference victory on Friday.
Lambert scored in the 6th minute on a header following a nice cross by Cedar Wilkening and added two assists before capping the scoring in the 26th minute with an unassisted goal. Lambert's assists came on goals by Raychel Clark (16th minute) and Ashley Hart (20th minute).
Morgan Hansen secured the shutout in goal for the Mustangs (6-4-1, 4-4 Skyline).
KLAMATH UNION 1, NORTH VALLEY 0 — At Klamath Falls, Klamath Union scored late in the first half and it held up.
For North Valley (4-7, 2-6 Sky), defenders Kacey Warner, Rochelle Banta, Melissa Jacobson and Autumn Diaz led the way.
ST. MARY'S 2, GLIDE 0 — At Glide, Sarah Bennion scored two second-half goals to lift St. Mary's and ensure the Crusaders wouldn't have to meet Glide in a league playoff game in two weeks.
Bennion is one of the state's top cross country runners and such a playoff would have occurred on the same day as the state cross country championships.
St. Mary's (11-0-1) leads District 4 with a 6-0 record and has two games left. Glide (8-3) is 3-2 in league with three games left.
Bennion scored in the 45th minute on a cross from Anna Thorndike. In the 60th minute, she cracked a low, 20-yard shot that found the net.
Crusader goalie Viv Juncal kept the Warriors at bay in the 70th minute with one of her three nice saves.
St. Mary's Kailyn Neidetcher was very effective in marking Glide's top player, and sweeper McKenna Barnum had a solid game.
ROGUE RIVER 3, ILLINOIS VALLEY 2, SO — At Cave Junction, Rogue River's Lindsey Miguel scored in regulation and assisted on a goal by Samantha Henricks with two minutes left in the second overtime to set up a shootout, which the Chieftains won 3-2.
Amanda Brooks scored in the first half and in overtime for Illinois Valley (2-8, 0-6 Dist. 4), and joined Natane Stewart as the Cougars' penalty kick scorers.
Alyssa Evans, Allison Coulter and Macaila Miguel scored in the shootout for Rogue River (4-6, 2-4).