North Valley's Vanessa D'Arpino gathered in a well-placed through ball and beat Ashland keeper Sophonie Graham in the box in the 77th minute, giving the Knights a 2-1 nonconference win Thursday at North Mountain Park.
After falling behind 1-0 early, the Grizzlies (0-2) tied the match on Montana Pindell's bending corner kick in the 21st minute. Ashland then had several near misses before D'Arpino's late strike gave the visitors the victory.
"It was another good team effort," Ashland coach Eric Wolff said. "The defense worked really hard and made good decisions, the midfield played really hard and all of my strikers made good runs. We just couldn't put the ball in the net."
Wolff said Ashland kept the pressure on North Valley throughout most of the game and barely missed on several great scoring opportunities. Playing against a Knights' defense that pulled back in an attempt to keep the Grizzlies at bay, Ashland was ultimately burned by a quick breakaway.
"We had a ton of chances," Wolff said, "but when they have nine defenders back it's tough to get one through. We missed a goal four or five times by inches."
D'Arpino gave North Valley a 1-0 lead in the sixth minute when she took a throw-in near the top of the box and dribbled through for the first score of the game.
D'Arpino's twin sister, Kerissa, picked up the assist on the game-winner.
North Medford scored seven of the last 10 points to smother Ashland's comeback bid and pull out a 25-16, 25-17, 11-25, 17-25, 15-11 nonconference victory Thursday at Mountain Avenue Gym.
Freshman middle Emily Carter, filling in because of injury, racked up 16 kills for the Black Tornado (3-1). Junior outside hitter Katy Carter notched 10 kills and 11 digs, and senior outside hitter Emily Carlson had 10 kills and five digs. Senior libero Ashley Smith contributed 25 digs and five aces.
Shelby Minor had 20 kills to lead the Grizzlies (0-2), who tied the match at 8-8 in the fifth set and trailed 13-11 before the Black Tornado finished strong.
Also for the Grizzlies, Madeline Wallace had seven blocks and three aces, Phoebe Challman six kills and 25 digs and Amanda Wurzell 25 digs. Ashland setter Jordan Tilley was credited with 36 assists.