Grizzlies storm back before falling to Tornado in OT

North Medford took advantage of an unexpected second opportunity against Ashland in nonconference boys soccer Tuesday at Ashland Middle School.

After surrendering a 2-0 lead in the final 10 minutes of regulation, the Black Tornado prevailed with a 3-2 overtime victory.

North Medford coach Dan Torrey was dejected and actually thought the game was over when the scored was tied 2-2 after 80 minutes.

"We didn't know we were playing overtime since it was a nonconference game," said Torrey. "We were ready to give a cheer and get out of there. It was cold, wet and miserable."

But North came out strong in overtime and scored in the third minute. Leo Alonso received a diagonal pass from Jesus Solorio and blasted a kick from straight on at the top of the 18-yard box off the near post and into the net.

"It was a brilliant shot just how (Alonso) placed it," said Torrey. "He was able to bend it off the post."

That turned out to be the only scoring in the two 10-minute overtime periods.

The local rivals played to a scoreless first half.

The Black Tornado (6-2, 3-1 SOH) opened the scoring in the 53rd minute of a penalty kick by Solorio.

Then in the 67th minute, Solorio slid a through ball to Edgar Lizardo, who finished from about 15 yards out.

"Edgar snuck in behind the defense and made a nice run," said Torrey.

The Grizzlies (3-5-1) cut their deficit to 2-1 three minutes later when Josue Leal got a pass from Diego Harrison and boomed in a shot from 17 yards.

Zahara Moyers-Cullumbine converted the equalizer in the 77th minute when his free kick from about 30 yards bounced and slipped into the net.

"It was a wonderful game," Ashland head coach Brad Roupp said. "The kids played hard and the nice thing about this group is they just battle, they keep fighting, keep working. It's a fun group to coach."

Girls Soccer

Unhappy with its one-goal performance against Grants Pass on Saturday, North Medford vowed to get back to scoring goals Tuesday against Ashland.

The Black Tornado didn't let itself down, carving up the Grizzlies' defense from beginning to end en route to a 7-0 nonleague victory at Hoffbuhr Field.

"We just overwhelmed them on our big field," North Medford head coach Rich Garcia said. "We wanted to play good today and get some goals. We've got some league games coming up and we needed to get out of that funk."

Senior midfielder Rachel Arappagis gave North (7-0-2) a big lift off the bench with a goal and an assist, sophomore forward Amanda Hisey scored twice and freshman midfielder Sydney Thomas also had a goal and an assist for the Tornado, which has one more nonleague tune-up remaining before its next showdown with South Medford on Oct. 11.

Arapaggis opened up the scoring after taking a cross from Ashley Parker in the 30th minute, then passed to Kimmie Parker for a touch goal seven minutes later to make it 2-0.

An own-goal by Ashland (4-4-1) following a corner kick gave North a 3-0 lead only seconds before the halftime whistle.

North Medford out-shot Ashland 10-1 in the first half.

Thomas's cross to Amanda Hisey set up a point-blank score six minutes into the second half, and one minute later Thomas was credit with a goal when a cross ricocheted off an Ashland defender and into the net for a 5-0 North Medford lead.

Hisey's second goal was a 15-yard boot set up by a great pass from Morgan Barry.

Prep Volleyball

Shelby Minor had 15 kills and a block and Cassie Hall 42 assists as Ashland won the last nine points to pull out a hard-fought 25-15, 25-17, 18-25, 23-25, 15-8 nonconference victory at Mountain Avenue Gym.

The Grizzlies (4-6) trailed 8-6 in the fifth set before storming back to snap a three-match losing streak. Megan Rodden added 10 kills and Hannah Borgerson three kills and a block for Ashland, which swept Crater (1-9) to open the season.

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