South Eugene repeats as SWC champs

EUGENE — When North Medford "didn't step off the bus," as coach Lu Crenshaw put it, Sheldon took the driver's seat in Southwest Conference girls soccer Saturday.

The two teams shared the conference lead with 16 points entering the next-to-last match of the league season, but Sheldon capitalized on two first-half corner kicks in a 2-0 victory.

The first Irish goal came less than three minutes into the contest.

"That's kind of the way the game went," said Crenshaw. "You could tell in warm-ups that we were in trouble. It was just one of those days."

Sheldon (6-2-1 SWC) is in first place with 19 points. North Medford and South Eugene are in second place with 5-3-1 records and 16 points.

North Medford is host to Grants Pass on Tuesday in the league finale.

"At halftime," said Crenshaw, "I asked them (Black Tornado players) what the difference was between these two teams. They said they (Irish) wanted it more. We were very passive on defense and very frantic with the ball. We're usually very composed, but we'd get it and kick it, get it and kick it, get it and kick it.

"We had a chance to take control of first place and came out really flat. I'm not sure what it was."

Sheldon's Stephanie Ralls scored the first goal on a corner kick that slipped past everyone and veered into the net at 2:48.

At 38:09, Kristen Wassom made it 2-0 for the Irish when she took a corner kick that had deflected off a North Medford player and punched it in.

SOUTH EUGENE 2, SOUTH MEDFORD 0 — South Medford had a brief lapse and South Eugene capitalized, handing the Panthers their third straight conference loss.

The Axemen scored both goals just one minute apart in the first half at Spiegelberg Stadium. McKenzie Kerins volleyed in a corner kick at the 27th minute. Lacy Clark then took a crossing pass that alluded several South Medford defenders and put a shot in the net for a 2-0 margin.

South Medford (8-5, 4-5 SWC) had a good scoring opportunity early in the second half when the ball squirted lose after a collision close to the South Eugene goal but the Panthers couldn't capitalize.

GRANTS PASS 2, ROSEBURG 1, OT — At Roseburg, Grants Pass' Stephanie Pepperling headed in a shot off a corner kick nine minutes into overtime of the Southwest Conference game.

The two teams battled to a 1-1 tie in regulation before the contest was decided in the 20-minute extra session.

Jessica Bath scored for the Cavers in the fourth minute. Roseburg didn't tie it until Kayla Barklow scored off an assist by Kristen Dever in the 75th minute.

Grants Pass is 9-4-1, 5-4 SWC. Roseburg is 1-10-2 and 0-8-1.

Southern Sky Conference

ASHLAND 3, KLAMATH UNION 1 — At Klamath Falls, Molly MacGraw scored two second-half goals to help Ashland pull away for the win.

Klamath Union opened the game with a goal in the seventh minute but Raven Susu-Mago evened the contest in the 35th minute with a goal off an assist from Caroline Thomas.

MacGraw scored in the 49th and 77th minutes.

The Grizzlies complete the regular season on Tuesday with a home game against league-leading Crater.

EAGLE POINT 7, MAZAMA 3 — At Eagle Point, Erica Rasor scored two goals to lead Eagle Point to a Southern Sky victory.

The Eagles (3-3 SSC), who led 5-2 at the half, also picked up goals from Sarah Lilley, Marissa O'Connor, Chelsie Garvida, Lanae Oliveria and Tenea Baker.

Danae Larman scored two goals to lead Mazama (0-7 SSC), which had scored just three goals all season entering the contest.

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