BEND — Maybe it wasn’t how you would draw it up, but South Medford’s girls soccer team was more than happy to take the final result Friday in a 2-1 victory at Summit.
Heather Ramirez, a junior, provided the game-winner in the final minute of the first half when her 30-yard crossing effort took an unusual bounce over the goalkeeper’s head and into the net.
“It was kind of an unfortunate bounce over the goalkeeper’s head and it went into the back of the net,” said Panthers head coach Kendra McMillen, “But we’re not going to complain.”
The win marked the first for McMillen as a soccer coach and allowed South Medford to move to 1-2 heading into today’s game at Bend, air quality permitting.
“We showed a lot of grit and a lot of passion today and a lot of hard work,” said McMillen, whose team kept Summit at bay in the second half. “It wasn’t easy, it was a very competitive game. It was a lot of back and forth, Summit is a phenomenal team. They just possessed the ball very well and we just kind of capitalized on some of their mistakes and got the win.”
South Medford went up 1-0 in the 17th minute when Ula Chamberlin put a through ball into space for Toni Coleman, who gathered and beat the goalie on one-on-one from close range.
Three minutes later, however, Summit (1-2) tied the score and put the pressure back on the Panthers.
South Medford goalkeeper Skylar Farmer came up with a huge save in the final minutes, reversing field after a shot was deflected and diving to punch the ball wide of the goal.
NORTH MEDFORD 1, BEND 1: At Bend, North Medford’s Claire Pyka scored off an assist by Jazzlynn Ross in the 53rd minute, but Bend answered five minutes later as the two teams settled for a nonconference tie at Bend High School.
Pyka and Ross worked together for a perfect give-and-go which led to the first goal, as Pyka finished with a beautiful curling shot around the goalkeeper.
North Medford (0-0-2) also benefited from a stellar performance by keeper Brinley O’Neill, who made eight saves, including a pair of snuffed-out breakaways.
Bend is 2-0-1.