Skyhawk girls soar into 6A quarterfinals

Fourth in the Metro, the Hawks are now headed into the 6A quarterfinals

Southridge's girls soccer team is flying under the radar, but that's just fine with the Skyhawks.

Southridge won its second straight Class 6A state playoff game on Tuesday, dispatching Southern Oregon Conference champion North Medford 2-1 at Hoffbuhr Field.

Now, the Skyhawks (10-5-2 after finishing fourth in the Metro League) advance to the state quarterfinals where they'll host Tualatin at 2 p.m. Saturday. The Timberwolves are unbeaten at 16-0-0 after winning the Pacific Conference.

'It should be a real good match-up,' said Southridge coach Jeff Lim. 'They're good but anything can happen now, and our league prepares us real well for the playoffs.'

Southridge 2, North Medford 1

MEDFORD - Southridge was a definite underdog in its Tuesday match-up against the fourth-ranked Black Tornado, but the Skyhawks couldn't have cared less.

Southridge came out strong on Tuesday, dominated possession and got the game's first goal when Tayler Clark bounced a cross into the Black Tornado penalty box and senior Anisa Maza got behind the North keeper and scored at the back post 10 minutes 23 seconds into the game.

Southridge added to North's misery 20 minutes later when the Black Tornado failed to clear the ball, Maza took it to the endline and sent it across to freshman Andie Giles for the score.

'We felt pretty good about our chances,' Lim said. 'And we played well. We controlled the tempo and the defense played really well.'

North got its lone goal after junior Kimmy Parker was fouled inside the Southridge penalty area, and teammate Sarah Chambers netted the ensuing penalty kick with 32 minutes to play.

Southridge 5, West Salem 0

BEAVERTON - South-ridge hit the ground running in its playoff opener, routing West Salem 5-0 at Southridge High School on Saturday.

'We came out aggressive early on both ends of the field,' Lim said. 'We did a great job of limiting their opportunities while create several good ones for us.'

Maza provided the Hawks' first goal, scoring just four minutes before halftime on an assist from Ariel Kanable, while keeper Katie Maginnis did her part with a diving save midway through the period.

Then the real fun started in the second half, with Maza connecting six minutes into the stanza - that shot set up by Mary Lynn Moshofsky - to make it 2-0. Giles came through next, scoring on a rebound of a Clark shot to put the game out of reach, and teammates Laura Werhane and Dayna Carlson followed suit in the game's last three minutes.

'We carried the momentum from the late goal in the first half into the second half and striking quickly for the second goal really gave us the upper hand,' Lim added.