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TALENT — Phoenix clinched at least a share of the Skyline Conference boys soccer title on Saturday afternoon at Hagler-James Park, but it certainly didn't come easy.
The Pirates scored twice in the second 10-minute overtime period to edge North Valley, 4-2, and remain undefeated in Skyline play.
"All of a sudden in the second overtime we finished them off but it was a crazy fight I'm telling you," said Phoenix head coach Dennis Flenner. "Those guys are good over there."
Phoenix improved to 8-0 in the Skyline and 8-2-1 overall, with the next closest team — Henley (9-3-1, 6-2 Sky) — two games back with two to play.
The Pirates and Knights (6-4-1, 4-4) battled to a 2-all tie through regulation and played an initial 10-minute overtime period that produced no goals. In the first minute of the second 10-minute session, Jose Mendez scored from 6 yards out off a pass from Ezequiel Flores.
Four minutes later, Guadeloupe Flores netted an insurance goal on an 8-yard header off a free kick by Alex Vela.
Vela opened the scoring in the 38th minute off an assist by Ezequiel Flores, but North Valley answered one minute later just before halftime with a goal by Asa Huber-Kantola.
The Knights led 2-1 in the 50th minute when Brandon Rodgers headed in a corner kick, but Phoenix answered in the 60th when Mendez scored on a rebound effort from 18 yards out.
HIDDEN VALLEY 2, KLAMATH UNION 1 — At Murphy, Zach Perrin headed in the go-ahead goal for Hidden Valley during Skyline Conference action.
The Mustangs (7-4-1, 4-4 Sky) trailed Klamath Union (2-9-1, 1-7) by a goal entering the second half.
Kyle Millette rebounded a shot and scored to even things at 1-all.
ST. MARY'S 7, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 0 — Senior midfielder Michael Gambee dished out five assists and Tracy Salgado and Hunter Rothfus recorded two goals apiece for St. Mary's in District 2 action at U.S. Cellular.
Christian Aviles, Bren Catt and Zach Lewis all scored for the Crusaders (6-2-2, 4-1 Dist. 2), who led 3-0 at halftime against Cascade Christian (1-9, 0-5).
CANYONVILLE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 6, ILLINOIS VALLEY 1 — At Canyonville, Canyonville Christian Academy clinched at least a share of the District 2 title.
Illinois Valley (2-9, 2-3 Dist. 2) scored the first goal of the game before CCA rattled off six unanswered.
Daniel Soloshenko netted two goals to lead Canyonville Christian (7-1, 6-1).