EUGENE — Whitney Winans scored three goals in the second half, but Sheldon came up with the equalizer in the final minutes to tie North Medford 3-3 on Tuesday.
In a battle between the second- and third-place teams in the Southwest Conference — both trail South Eugene — the Panthers (6-2-3, 5-1-3) trailed 1-0 at halftime after the Irish (5-3-2, 4-2-2) scored in the 20th minute, cleaning up a ball outside the penalty box from about 10 yards out.
Winans’ first goal, assisted by Ula Chamberlin, tied it 1-1 in the 47th minute, and her second goal, a header set up by corner kick from Madelyn Pineda, put South ahead 2-1 in the 55th minute.
Sheldon quickly answered to tie it 2-2, but Winans came up with another header on a corner kick from Pineda to give the lead back to the Panthers.
Finally, South gave up a foul outside the penalty box that led to a game-tying free kick for Sheldon as an official was in the midst of pulling South players away from the ball, South coach Chris Hollewijn said.
“The way that they scored their third goal was really unfair towards us,” Hollewijn said. “I think it was an officiating mistake — a huge mistake. And I think that cost us the win. I’d be doing our term a disservice if I didn’t say the officiating cost us that win.”
“I’m proud of how hard our girls fought back,” he added. “It was just a slugfest and it was really, really fun. Our girls kept fighting back and didn’t quit. Our girls had so much heart and grit. (Sheldon) put us under a lot pressure. They pushed us really hard and it was fun. It was a really intense game.”
WILLAMETTE 1, NORTH MEDFORD 0: Willamette scored the game’s lone goal late in the first half, finishing off a counterattack in the 38th minute, to edge past host North Medford.
Brinley O'Neill made three exceptional saves to keep the game close for the Black Tornado (1-7-1, 1-6-1 SWC), while Kylie Baker and Brooklyn Snow were also standouts against the Wolverines (5-4, 4-3).
ASHLAND 7, EAGLE POINT 0: At Eagle Point, Mya Elder Hammond scored two goals and dished out three assists, powering Ashland.
Also for the Grizzlies (8-1-1, 4-0 MWL), Liv West scored a goal and had two assists.
Eagle Point is 1-7-1 and 0-4.
NORTH MEDFORD 1, WILLAMETTE 0: At Eugene, Caleb Forte scored with an assist from Jason Cruz in the 65th minute as North Medford won its third straight Southwest Conference match.
Keeper Kendall James made three saves in the final 10 minutes, including an outstanding effort on a breakaway attempt against the top player for the Wolverines (3-4-2, 1-4-2), Griffin Jeskey, to preserve the victory for the Black Tornado (6-2-2, 6-1-1).
ASHLAND 5, EAGLE POINT 0: At Ashland, Jade Boucher scored twice, including a goal in the 54th minute as part of Ashland’s four-goal, second-half onslaught in Midwestern League play.
The Grizzlies (8-1-2, 4-0 MWL) led 1-0 at the half on the strength of Boucher’s 26th-minute strike, then pulled away quickly in the second half, scoring twice in the first 14 minutes.
Scott Gustafson assisted on Boucher’s first goal and Kai Cheval beat two defenders and the keeper to give Ashland a 2-0 lead in the 47th.
Boucher scored seven minutes later, and Ian Rinefort and Jahnoi Hall added goals.
Eagle Point fell to 3-7-1 and 1-3-1.