St. Mary’s senior forward Maddie Wheelock had one of those days she won’t soon forget Saturday, tallying five goals to spur her team to a 10-2 triumph over Cascade Christian in a District 5 girls soccer clash at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
“That is a remarkable performance for sure, really for the whole team,” said St. Mary’s head coach Dave Potter. “We’ve never beaten Cascade by eight goals. But they only had 12 players so they had to wear out at some point.”
Wheelock certainly wore out the Challengers (2-5, 0-2 Dist. 5) in every way imaginable, scoring four of her five goals in the first half to help St. Mary’s (4-1, 1-0) pull away.
Wheelock’s first goal came in the fifth minute off a crossing pass from senior Meghan Michels, who also posted her second hat trick of the season in the win. Wheelock tacked on another goal in the ninth minute when she took a pass from Michels and had her initial shot from 12 yards out turned back by Challengers goalkeeper Audrey Quast before regathering herself on the ricochet and knocking home her second chance effort.
Wheelock used dribble penetration to net her next two goals in the 28th and 32nd minutes, respectively, then rounded out her scoring in the 60th minute on a 30-yard shot to the far post that cleared the defense.
“I’ve got some very skilled players up front particualry and they just did what they do so well under pressure,” said Potter.
Ryker Rotfus and Sophia Dobry also scored for the Crusaders, while Bryton Plankenhorn scored one goal in each half to pace the Challengers.
NORTH MEDFORD 2, ROSEBURG 0: At Roseburg, North Medford sophomore Emily Parker scored two second-half goals in the Southwest Conference shutout by goalkeeper Brinley O’Neill at Fir Grove Fields.
Parker scored in the 60th minute off an assist by Kira Pyka for the Black Tornado (1-3-2, 1-2 SWC), then added an unassisted goal to seal the win in the 72nd minute.
SOUTH MEDFORD 2, SHELDON 1: Emily Ingledew connected off a cross by Toni Coleman in the 72nd minute as the Panthers overcame a 1-0 deficit to pick up their first SWC win of the season and snap Sheldon’s four-game winning streak.
After Sheldon (5-2, 2-1 SWC) scored first in the 18th, South Medford (2-5, 1-2), which halted a three-game losing skid, tied it up when Coleman collected a perfect through ball by Whitney Winans and scored from close range.
South Medford keeper Skylar Farmer shut down Sheldon after the Irish’s 30-yard strike with a gutsy performance that included stuffing a one-on-one run and defending a late corner kick. Center back Baylee Smith also stepped up for the Panthers.
CHURCHILL 2, CRATER 1: At Central Point, Crater struck first three minutes into the match on a goal by Makiah Palmer but Churchill broke a tie with two minutes to play to sneak away with the Midwestern League road win.
Palmer scored off an assist by Kayleigh Gugliotta for the Comets (3-2-3, 0-2), who were kept in the match thereafter by strong play in the net by goalkeeper Lauren Noyes (10 saves).
Midfielder Nichole Bodfield had her “best game,” according to head coach Bryton Kiger, with several nice runs upfield and good distribution to maintain Crater’s balance.
Churchill tied the match in the sixth minute.
WILLAMETTE 3, ASHLAND 0: At Eugene, Ashland junior Mya Holzshu was a key figure at central midfielder in containing speedy Willamette as much as possible in the Midwestern League loss.
Senior Lily Annen was denied on a couple quality shots on goal and created several opportunities but the Grizzlies (1-5-1, 0-1-1 MWL) were unable to capitalize.
Willamette scored 30 seconds into the match after some miscommunication deep in Ashland territory, and its third goal was an own goal by the Grizzlies after a failed clearing effort hooked off a defender’s foot and over the goalkeepers head.
NORTH BEND 7, EAGLE POINT 0: At North Bend, Eagle Point dropped to 0-2 in Midwestern League play and remained winless in six matches overall with the road loss.
ROGUE RIVER 3, LA PINE 1: At Rogue River, host Rogue River improved to 3-2 overall this season with the nonleague victory over La Pine (1-8).