GIRLS SOCCER: North falls short on PKs – Medford News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News

TIGARD — North Medford went the distance, and then some, during its first-round Class 6A state playoff game Saturday afternoon, but unfortunately fell just shy in a girls soccer shootout.

Tigard, the No. 12 seed, converted all five of its free throws to beat the No. 21 Black Tornado 5-3 in that zone and secure a 1-0 victory that advanced the Tigers to the second round. The teams had played 100 scoreless minutes, including two 10-minute overtimes, before deciding the result from the spot.

“It was really intense,” North Medford head coach Morgan Barry said. “I wish we were on the other side, but things happen. They played really well. They showed up from the first minute and played until the last minute. If you’re going to date, this is probably the best way to do it.

Tigard won the coin toss and elected to go first in the shootout session. Brycelyn Endricut and Peyton Miller scored for the Tigers, who followed a perfect 3-for-3 before the Black Tornado missed on their third shot.

After Tigard made it 4-2, Claire Holcomb scored on her PK, but North Medford never got to its fifth scorer Olivia Boger as the Tigers (7-3-5) closed it out with a fifth straight goal.

The Tornadoes (7-5-3) had several good chances to break the scoreless game with shots by Isabella Driskell, Alyssa Wisdom and Boger, but none found the defensive goal.

BEAVERTON 1, SOUTH MEDFORD 0: At Beaverton, South Medford goalkeeper Eve Lynx made eight big saves, but Beaverton was able to score the only goal of the game with 13 minutes remaining to take the Class 6A first in the state playoffs.

The Lynx had made a stop on a 35-yard free kick, but the 20th-seeded Panthers (9-5-2) couldn’t get a full clearance and the ball spun around before Roxanne Rundle was able to tap the ball into the net.

Brooke Fairbanks and Tyler Hampson provided scoring chances against the No. 13 Beavers (8-5-2) in an even contest that was played mostly in the midfield.

SPRINGFIELD 2, ASHLAND 0: At Springfield, Ashland was held scoreless for the second straight road game as the Grizzlies dropped their regular season finale to finish fourth in the Midwest League.

The Grizzlies (8-2-1, 3-2-1 MWL) fell behind 1-0 less than five minutes in and then saw the Millers (9-5-1, 4-2) double their lead in the 19th minute.

Ashland goalie Esme Barnes finished with eight saves.

Ashland qualified for the 5A state playoffs as the No. 4 seed due to its state ranking and will host Silverton to open the playoffs on Wednesday.

THURSTON 6, CRATER 1: At Central Point, Crater senior Annie Idiart took a drop kick from goalkeeper Addison Vrans and scored the tying goal six minutes into the first half, but Thurston took over from there in the season-ending Midwest League loss.

The Comets (4-9-1, 1-5 MWL) trailed just 2-1 at halftime, but Thurston (12-2, 6-0) scored four second-half goals to pull away and complete an undefeated MWL campaign .

EAGLE POINT 0, CHURCHILL 0, tie: At Eagle Point, senior goalkeeper Jillyann Cope Huntley made two quality saves and senior center back Raegan Hussey played a vital role for Eagle Point, keeping a clean sheet in the season finale.

Alyssa Ortega provided a good scoring opportunity for the Eagles (2-6-2, 0-5-1 MWL) with a 15-yard shot that was turned away by the Churchill keeper, while Shelby Tilley created another good opportunity off a corner kick against the Lancers (2- 12-1, 1-4-1).

North Medford’s Olivia Boger, shown heading the ball downfield earlier this season, created several scoring chances, but the Black Tornado were unable to convert in regulation and then trailed 5-3 in penalty kicks during the first round in the 6A state playoffs. [Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune]

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