MERLIN — The North Valley boys soccer team struck first, then it was all Phoenix, which used three second-half goals for a 4-1 Skyline Conference boys soccer victory Monday.
With Hidden Valley falling to Mazama on Monday, the Pirates (5-2-2, 5-2 Sky) pulled into a tie with the Mustangs atop the Skyline standings.
Isaiah Ingle’s goal in the seventh minute gave the Knights (5-3-2, 4-2-1 Sky) a 1-0 lead, but the Pirates’ Randy Rodriguez evened the score two minutes before halftime on an assist from Joe Navas.
Two minutes into the second half, Sergio Urena scored on Bryson Flenner’s assist. Flenner also assisted on Kassem Akil’s goal in the 69th minute.
Alex Salcido also scored for the Pirates after collecting a deflection in front of the goal.
Phoenix outshot the Knights 13-7 and had a 3-0 advantage in corner kicks.
North Valley was without four key players while Phoenix was missing one player.
SHELDON 2, SOUTH MEDFORD 1: At Eugene, Justice Evans knocked in a goal for South Medford in the 65th minute, but Sheldon still was able to win its first match of the season.
The Panthers fell to 2-8 overall and 2-7 in the SWC.
Sheldon (1-8-1, 1-6-1 SWC) scored in the 13th and 50th minutes.
EAGLE POINT 1, SPRINGFIELD 1: At Eagle Point, Jaydyn Budrow’s goal in the 34th minute put host Eagle Point in the driver’s seat, but Springfield matched it in the 64th as the Midwestern League match ended in a stalemate.
Guma Balcazar scored the game-tying goal for the Millers (4-6-2, 1-3-1 MWL) on a free kick from 25 yards.
Freshman defender Elvis Cisernos excelled for the Eagles (3-5-1, 1-2-1 MWL).
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 10, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0: Three players had two goals apiece as host Cascade Christian won the District 5 game against a depleted Illinois Valley team.
The Challengers (7-2-1, 4-1 Dist. 5) got two scores each from Saiah Merrihew, Jessica Mason and Sophie Ferriera against the Cougars (3-6, 1-4), who were missing four players due to injury and illness.
Ferriera also had two assists, as did Bryton Plankenhorn.
Baylee Plankenhorn and Emily Stevens played fine all-around games for the Challengers, who led 3-0 after four minutes and 7-0 at halftime.
NORTH VALLEY 8, PHOENIX 0: At Talent, Phoenix hung tight in the first half but North Valley scored six second-half goals to get the win.
The Pirates dropped to 3-7 overall and 1-6 in the Skyline Conference while the Knights moved to 9-1-1 and 6-0-1.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 3, HIDDEN VALLEY 1: At Murphy, Caroline McMahon recorded 22 kills, 25 digs and four aces and the OSAA’s top-ranked Class 3A team topped host Hidden Valley, 25-23, 25-19, 21-25, 25-22.
Allison Winter kept the ball moving for the Challengers (18-2) with 40 assists, giving the senior setter 86 in her last two matches.
The Challengers also received 13 kills from Olivia Borg and eight from Kaylee Cannon.