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TALENT — John Esqueda and the Phoenix boys soccer team put on an offensive display at Hagler-James Park on Tuesday.
"It was like goals gone wild," Phoenix head coach Dennis Flenner said.
Esqueda, a junior, erupted for five goals and Alex Vela, Jose Alegria and Ezequiel Flores each scored once for the Pirates, who beat North Valley 8-2 in Skyline Conference action.
Phoenix led 4-0 at halftime in its first home game of the season.
Alegria turned in two assists and Guadelupe Flores, Ezequiel Flores, Hector Rocha, Eli Espana and Vela offered up one assist apiece against the Knights (3-3, 0-3 Sky).
Ezequiel Flores' goal in the 46th minute put the Pirates (4-1-1, 3-0 Sky) ahead 6-0.
North Valley's Trinidad Flores scored in the 50th and 52nd minutes.
KLAMATH UNION 5, HIDDEN VALLEY 0 — At Klamath Falls, Jose Meza scored twice to lead Klamath Union in the Skyline game.
The score was only 1-0 at halftime, then the Vikings (3-3-1, 1-2) erupted. They outshot Hidden Valley 22-11 and had seven corner kicks to two for the Mustangs (2-3-1, 0-3).
UMPQUA VALLEY CHRISTIAN 4, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 0 — Cascade Christian couldn't capitalize on two golden opportunities early and Umpqua Valley Christian's Joel Graham scored in the 20th minute as the Monarchs won the District 2 game at U.S. Cellular Park.
Eric Batdorf added a second goal for UVC (5-1-1, 1-1 Dist. 2) in the 35th, and the Monarchs tacked on one more before halftime to take a 3-0 lead into the break.
Cascade (1-6, 0-2) suffered its third straight loss.
ROGUE RIVER 1, CRESWELL 0 — At Rogue River, freshman Jesse Gonzalez broke a scoreless tie in the 53rd minute as Rogue River snapped a four-game losing streak and picked up its first District 2 win of the year.
Gonzalez capitalized on a perfect cross from Shawn Donahue, whose long pass was redirected into the net from about 6 yards out.
Also for the Chieftains (4-4, 1-2 Dist. 2), freshman keeper Connor Strickland came up with four tough saves.
Creswell fell to 2-4, 1-1 in league play.
ST. MARY'S 4, ILLINOIS VALLEY 2 — At Cave Junction, Renzo Marchini had two goals to help St. Mary's rally in SCH action.
Marchini scored in the 27th minute to give the Crusaders (2-5, 1-0 SCH) a 1-0 lead.
Jovany Sanchez turned in two goals for Illinois Valley (3-4-1, 1-1), which owned a 2-1 advantage before an own goal and successful 35-yard free kick by Marchini around the 70th minute put St. Mary's ahead.
Michael Gambee netted the Crusaders' fourth goal five minutes later.