TALENT — The Phoenix boys soccer team fell behind early on Monday but used a hat trick from Sergio Urena and a second-half scoring outburst to rally for a 5-4 Skyline Conference victory over Henley at Colver Field.
“It was quite a battle, and we’re kind of fortunate to get out of that one,” said Pirates coach Dennis Flenner. “It was a good win for us. Coming from behind like that was really exciting.”
The Pirates (2-1-2, 2-1 Skyline) had work to do after the Hornets’ Eric Alonzo scored to put Henley up 2-0 in the 17th minute.
Urena, who scored all three of his goals off assists from Johnny Esquivel, tallied his first goal in the 25th minute, but Josh Ledgerwood answered minutes later to give the Hornets a 3-1 advantage heading into halftime.
Urena and Esquivel wasted no time turning the tide for the Pirates, with Esquivel finding Urena in the 44th and 48th minutes to even the score at 3-all.
Just two minutes later, Phoenix's Juan Paso knocked in the go-ahead goal on a pass from Bryson Flenner. Alex Salcido added an insurance goal on a setup from Jacob Jee five minutes later, giving the Pirates four goals in 11 minutes.
Ledgerwood added a 70th minute goal for Henley.
HENLEY 4, PHOENIX 0: At Klamath Falls, Phoenix held tough in the first half but Henley scored three of its goals after the intermission and pulled away from the Pirates (2-4, 0-3 Skyline Conference).