North Medford girls push past Axemen

North Medford’s girls soccer team broke open a close game with a dominant second-half effort to upend South Eugene, 5-2, at Hoffbuhr Field on Tuesday.
The Black Tornado led 3-2 at halftime but stretched its advantage with a penalty kick goal by McKenna Storey in the 44th minute and a 20-yard blast by Karissa Dixon in the 72nd minute to claim the Southwest Conference opener.
South Eugene opened the scoring only two minutes into the game on a nice set play, but North Medford answered in the 23rd minute. Amber Black’s corner kick was kicked out of the box but Hayley Peterson pressed up and put a shot into the weakside corner.
North (3-2, 1-0 SWC) took its first lead one minute later on a strong effort by senior Kate Folsom, who dribbled past the defense and rocketed an 18-yard shot into the net.
Black set up another goal in the 34th minute, lofting a pass to senior forward Danielle Thurnbauer, who flicked a header past the goalie.
The Axemen scored one minute later to trim their deficit to 3-2 by intermission, but Sarah Chambers was fouled in the box four minutes into the second half to set up Storey’s goal.
North coach Rich Garcia said the rest of the game belonged to North’s center midfielders Storey and Dixon and outside halfbacks Allie Gould, Becca Allen, Alex Ebert and Peterson.
“They controlled a lot of play for us,” said Garcia.
The Black Tornado will next face rival South Medford at 7 p.m. Thursday at Spiegelberg Stadium.
u GRANTS PASS 3, SOUTH MEDFORD 1 — Grants Pass scored on all three of its shots, including the game-winner in the 14th minute by Jessica Bath.
Miranda Cruz scored in the ninth minute and Cassie DeRocher added an insurance goal in the 41st for the Cavers.
Danielle Green scored South Medford’s lone goal in the 60th minute. The Panthers (0-5, 0-1 SWC) outshot Grants Pass, 9-3.
South Medford freshman goalie Morgan Bell left the game with a concussion in the first minute of the second half. Coach Terry Fretz said Bell will be out for at least three-to-four days.
u ROSEBURG 2, SHELDON 1 — At Roseburg, Lydia Hagen and Hannah Russo provided the winning combination as Roseburg knocked off league favorite Sheldon at Finlay Field.
The Irish jumped out to a 1-0 lead on Stephanie Ralls’ goal in the 15th minute.
Roseburg (5-2, 2-0 SWC) tied the match on a goal by Hagen off Russo’s assist in the 28th minute.
Early in the second half, Russo provided a perfect crossing pass, which Hagen finished with a header from close-in.
Southern Sky Conference
u ASHLAND 3, MAZAMA 0 — At Ashland, Riley Smith scored two goals and Chloe Deckwar added one goal and one assist to lead Ashland in the Southern Sky Conference opener.
Smith scored in the 16th minute off an assist by Ariana Steinberg-Hunter and in the 49th minute off a Deckwar assist. Deckwar’s goal came in the 45th minute.
Rinchen Thomas earned the shutout in goal for the Grizzlies (2-5, 1-0 SSC).
u CRATER 2, KLAMATH UNION 1 — At Klamath Falls, Tarren Mitchell scored the game-winner midway through the second half and Kayla Burns assisted on both Crater’s goals.
The Comets (2-5,1-0 SSC) led 1-0 at halftime on Makayla Hickman’s goal at the 12th minute.
Klamath Union knotted the score early in the second half when Jackie Gardner scored off an assist from Elizabeth Albertson. The Comets had eight shots on goal to two for the Pelicans (2-2, 0-1).
District 6
u ST. MARY’S 4, HENLEY 1 — At Klamath Falls, Anna Thorndike scored in the fifth and 72nd minutes and assisted on two St. Mary’s goals to help the Crusaders earn a huge District 6 road victory.
Mackenzie Krieser assisted Thorndike’s first goal, then scored in the 28th minute off a Thorndike corner kick. Abby Steinsiek tallied in the 35th minute off a Thorndike assist for the Crusaders (5-0-1, 5-0 Dist. 6), which also received solid play in the midfield from Charis Darnall.
Jordin Schloer scored in the 11th minute for Henley, which was denied by a couple fantastic saves from St. Mary’s goalkeeper Gina Barbieri.
u PHOENIX 10, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0 — At Cave Junction, Hilary Sinner scored four goals and fellow captain Kourtney Scoggins added three goals to lead Phoenix to the District 6 win.
Rosie Chavez and Leslie Nunez also scored for the Pirates, who improved to 1-5 overall and in league. A corner kick by Chavez also resulted in an own goal by Illinois Valley.
u HIDDEN VALLEY 8, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 0 — At Murphy, Dana Powell scored four goals and had one assist at District Field.
Powell, a junior forward, opened the scoring at the second minute. Sophomore Ashley Hart added one goal and an assist in the first half as Hidden Valley jumped out to a 4-0 lead.
Powell scored three goals in the second period and Hart tallied again after intermission.
Other goal scorers for the Mustangs (4-2, 3-2 Dist. 6) were Emily Murphy and Rachelle Flick.
Katie Figoni and Morgan Hansen split time in net for the Mustangs.
u NORTH VALLEY 7, ROGUE RIVER 1 — At Rogue River, senior midfielder Megan Knitter scored two goals and had two assists for North Valley at Chieftain Stadium.
Natalie Goens opened the scoring for the Knights (4-1 Dist. 6) at the sixth minute, followed by a pair of goals by Knitter. Autumn Diaz notched the first of her two goals late in the period to give North Valley a 4-0 halftime lead.
Kylie McElheran and Mia Robles also added goals for the Knights.

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