When North Medford took its only lead of the game with three minutes to play in overtime, coach Rich Garcia dared to think it was safe.
But that's not how things go in the cross-town rivalry against South Medford.
The Panthers answered with just over a minute remaining, securing a 3-3 tie in the Southern Oregon Hybrid matchup at South Medford High.
"To tie them in the fashion we did so late showed a lot of heart," said South coach Chris Hollewijn. "This is really good for us going forward."
Unbeaten North (6-0-1, 2-0-1 SOH) was coming off three straight shutouts. The Panthers (1-3-3, 0-2-1) had lost three in a row.
The Black Tornado went ahead 3-2 when Sarah Chambers dribbled up the left side and found Ashley Parker in front of the goal. Parker one-touched it in as the 20-minute OT session wound down.
"I was confident that we would close it out," said Garcia. "But we were playing there, and they knew it was North-South."
Indeed, with only 1:18 remaining, South's Megan Kapp emerged from a mad scramble in front of the North goal and deposited a shot to tie the contest for good.
The score was knotted 2-2 at the end of regulation and 1-1 at halftime.
"It was back-and-forth," said Hollewijn. "They had their way in certain parts and we had our way in periods of the game."
North outshot the Panthers, 11-6, said Garcia, "but the ones they got, they capitalized on," he said.
South's first goal, by Blair Shanklin-Rice, actually came after North freshman goalkeeper Hayley Haas tried to punch the ball away from the goal but instead knocked it in in the fifth minute.
The Tornado's Amber Black tied it on a penalty kick in the 32nd minute.
Kapp tallied for South in the 55th minute, making good on a through ball opportunity, but North responded 10 minutes later to tie it at 2-2. Amanda Hisey scored after Black's direct kick caromed off a player in front of the goal.
Neither team scored in the first 10 minutes of overtime.
Sophomore forward/midfielder Morgan Barry and senior defender Mattie Gambee gave North a spark off the bench.
South got a lift from freshman twins Desiree and Larissa Lakin and freshman Natalie Davis on the back line.
Goalie Lindsey Namanny made a half-dozen saves.
ROSEBURG 1, GRANTS PASS 0 — At Roseburg, Brooke Strawn laced a 32-yard shot that was good for the lone goal as Roseburg improved to 3-1 in SOH play and 4-2 overall.
Strawn's shot was to the middle of the goal but over the keeper. Senior goalkeeper Ally Swanson made it stand up with several fine saves.
CRATER 2, ASHLAND 0 — At Ashland, senior Makayla Hickman scored two goals, including the game-winner in the 60th minute, to give Crater its first win of the season at North Mountain Park.
Hickman took advantage of a breakaway and split two Ashland defenders to score the first goal for the Comets (1-4-1) from about 10 yards away.
In the 75th minute, Hickman took a pass from Caitlin Ralls and booted home an 18-yard shot.
Ashland is 4-2-1.
NORTH VALLEY 3, PHOENIX 2 — At Merlin, Courtney Durham scored two goals and added one assist and Kylie McElheran added one goal and one assist to lead North Valley in the Skyline opener for both teams.
Durham scored in the eighth and 56th minutes, while McElheran tallied in the 15th for the Knights (3-1).
Phoenix (2-1-1) got a penalty kick goal from Amanda Skaff and a game-tying goal from Elise Roth in the 23rd minute.
MAZAMA 4, HIDDEN VALLEY 0 — At Klamath Falls, Kaitlin Crowell scored two goals and Hannah Reynolds added one goal and one assist for defending Class 4A state champion Mazama.
ST. MARY'S 6, ILLINOIS VALLEY 1 — At Cave Junction, Anna Thorndike scored two goals and notched an assist for St. Mary's (6-0-1) in its District 4 opener.
Erika Peterson added two goals and Emily Alvarez dished off two assists.
Sarah Bennion and Ashley Holton had the Crusaders' other goals, and Mary Eaton tallied an assist. Charis Darnell, like Alvarez, provided spirited play.
Amanda Brooks scored in the 24th minute for IV, which trailed 3-1 at halftime.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 3, ROGUE RIVER 0 — At Rogue River, Cascade Christian's Alex Haug scored two goals and Cheyanne Auchard had a goal and an assist in the Challengers' District 4 opener.
After a scoreless first half, Auchard cashed in on a solo effort in the 47th minute. Four minutes later she connected with Haug, who drilled a shot from about 18 yards out into the upper right corner of the goal.
Haug scored again in the 61st minute against Rogue River (2-3).
Megan Killam recorded 70 minutes in goal CC (3-3-1).