Tornado girls slip past Panthers

Entering conference play at 0-3-1, coach Lu Crenshaw was well aware of what was being said about her North Medford girls soccer team.

"We heard it all," Crenshaw said. "People were saying we were a weak team."

The Black Tornado (2-3-1, 2-0 SWC) hopes it quieted at least a few of those doubters with a 2-1 victory against rival South Medford (6-1, 2-1 SWC) Tuesday at Spiegelberg Stadium.

"No one expected us to do that, except for us," Crenshaw said. "This was a huge win. I'm so proud of them. I know they shocked a lot of people."

Senior Toni Blodgett opened the scoring nearly 20 minutes into the first half off of a pass to the left side from senior Krystal Toderick. Blodgett put a one-timer into the right side of the goal from about 18 yards out.

That score stood until seven minutes remaining in the game, when North junior Ashley Chambers sent a free kick cross to junior Liz Perry, who scored to give the Black Tornado a 2-0 advantage.

South made it interesting in the final moments when Dami Compher scored with four minutes remaining. North's sophomore goalkeeper Kendra McMillen made a save, but her defense couldn't clear the ball, allowing Compher to put South on the board.

But North's defense, led by junior stopper Olivia DiBetta and a host of others, helped the Black Tornado halt the Panthers' attack in the final minutes.

"I've never been so proud and happy after a win," Crenshaw said.

SHELDON 2, GRANTS PASS 0 — At Eugene, Annie Mohler recorded a shutout in goal for Sheldon, which improved to 2-1 in the Southwest Conference.

Bronte Jorgensen put the pressure on GP early with a goal in the 15th minute and Lisette Peterson set up Kierra DeBow for the Irish's second score in the 57th minute.

SOUTH EUGENE 4, ROSEBURG 0 — At Roseburg, South Eugene scored three second-half goals to pull away from Roseburg in a Southwest Conference contest.

Jenny Phillips netted for South Eugene in the 10th minute, while Marie Morrison and Kelsey Poppe booted home second-half goals and Rachel Bunting added a score on a header in the 62nd minute.

Marah Baker recorded 17 saves for Roseburg (1-4-1, 0-2 SWC), which had three shots on goal.


GRANTS PASS 1, SHELDON 0 — At Grants Pass, Michael Sigel scored in the 44th minute on a pass from Eddie Mendoza to help Grants Pass edge Sheldon in Southwest Conference play.

The Cavemen (2-4-1, 1-2 SWC) received three saves from goalkeeper Loren Fuller to register the shutout.

Jaron Wilson played a solid match in goal for Sheldon, which was outshot 14-3 by the Cavemen.

SOUTH EUGENE 2, ROSEBURG 1 — At Eugene, Colton Hubler scored two goals in the second half to rally South Eugene from a 1-0 deficit in the Southwest Conference win.

Roseburg (3-3-1, 2-1 SWC) went up early in the second half with a goal by Lorenzo Vasquez, but the Axemen picked up the intensity and tied it three minutes later with a goal by Hubler.

South Eugene maintained control and got the winning goal in the 61st minute.

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