North Medford’s Ashley Chambers, left, passes the ball off her head into the midfield over Sheldon’s Stephanie Ralls.

North girls come up short against Sheldon

North Medford mounted a charge but ran out of time before it could catch Sheldon in a Southwest Conference girls soccer match at Hoffbuhr Field Saturday.

The Irish made a goal in the 67th minute stand up for a 1-0 victory, handing the Black Tornado its first loss in three league matches.

"We were definitely better in the second half," said North coach Lu Crenshaw, who admitted a tough win over South Medford Tuesday took a toll on her players. "You could tell what the emotion and the physicalness of our match against South did. The girls were just tired, which obviously is not an excuse. We did a lot of things well, but we didn't play the ball to feet and we ran ourselves ragged."

Taylor Housley scored for South Eugene, taking a feed from Bronte Jorgensen as both players raced up the left sideline. Housley fired it in from 12 yards out.

North managed a half-dozen shots in the final 15 minutes, said Crenshaw, but couldn't convert.

"It turned out to be too little, too late, but it's nothing I'm worried about," she said after her team dropped to 2-4-1, 2-1-0 in league. "We played well and could have played better."

She cited strong efforts from a couple of seniors, center midfielder Ashley Chambers and sweeper Elly Tucker.

SOUTH EUGENE 1, SOUTH MEDFORD 0 — At Eugene, South Medford dropped its second straight match, evening its record at 2-2 in the balanced Southwest Conference.

Lacy Clark tallied for South Eugene when a corner kick was played into the box and wasn't cleared by the Panthers, who played well in the second half but were unable to capitalize on a couple scoring chances.

GRANTS PASS 3, ROSEBURG 0 — At Grants Pass, Grants Pass dominated, taking 27 shots to the Roseburg's five in the Southwest Conference victory.

Stephanie Pepperling and Shelby Henry each had first-half goals for the Cavers (2-2-0 SWC), and Jordan Newell tallied in the 67th minute. Grants Pass assists were by Laurel Parks, Amanda Snyder and Jessica Bath.

Roseburg (1-4-1, 0-3-0 SWC) goalkeeper Marah Baker had 15 saves, and Kristen Dever provided a spark when she was moved to defense late.

Southern Sky

CRATER 3, MAZAMA 0 — At Central Point, Aime Wingler scored all three goals to lift Crater to a 2-0 start in Southern Sky play.

Wingler scored in the 10th minute off an assist by Tarren Mitchell, in the 20th minute on a pass from Rikki Deats and in the 50th minute off an assist by Rosita Ramirez.

Cari Burt and Katie Orr combined for four saves to preserve the shutout for the Comets (3-4-1, 2-0 SSC).

ASHLAND 6, EAGLE POINT 0 — At Eagle Point, five players had a goal and an assist as Ashland cruised in the Southern Sky game.

Amanda Greenstein, Caroline Thomas, Kai Yearsley, Chloe Deckwar and Molly MacGraw each scored and dished off to a teammate for the Grizzlies (3-2-3, 2-0 SSC).

Amber Lowey tallied Ashland's first goal in the fifth minute, and Colette Balbuena had an assist.


HENLEY 2, PHOENIX 1 — At Klamath Falls, although Phoenix owned possession for most of the match, the Pirates struggled to find the net and Henley scored a pair of breakaway goals in a Skyline Conference matchup.

Henley's Claire Whitmore scored the first goal in the first half, then Lisel Frazier broke a 1-all tie on another breakaway to give the Hornets the lead in the second half.

Megan Burr connected for Phoenix on a shot to the far post on a breakaway up the left side in the 36th minute.

The Pirates (3-4, 2-4 Skyline) outshot the Hornets 20-8 in the game, but came up shy on multiple scoring opportunities.

Phoenix stopper Rebecca Singleton and sweeper Molly Hobson helped lead the Pirates' defense.

District 6

NORTH VALLEY 2, ST. MARY'S 1, OT — North Valley scored in the 86th minute to pick up the overtime victory against St. Mary's (6-2 overall, 4-2 Dist. 6).

North Valley's Trisha Durham scored the game-winner off an assist from Lauren Crawford — who assisted on both goals for the Knights.

Raquel Robles scored the first goal of the game on a header for North Valley, while St. Mary's Mackenzie Krieser tied the game on an assist from Sarah Seus.

North Valley goalkeeper Chelsea Giesen made key saves early to help her team pick up the victory.

ROGUE RIVER 1, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 0 — A penalty kick resulting from a hand ball in the box helped Rogue River pick up its first win of the season against winless Cascade Christian at Fichtner-Mainwaring Park.

Rogue River senior midfielder Whitney Dunlap scored the game's only goal in the 36th minute of the first half on a penalty kick following the unintentional hand ball. Coincidently, Rogue River defeated Cascade Christian under the same circumstances last season.

Cascade Christian had 11 shots on goal while Rogue River had three.

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