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Henley outlasts Phoenix, 1-0, in District 6 showdown

KLAMATH FALLS -- Phoenix had excellent scoring opportunities and Henleywas forced to play the final 13 minutes a man shy, but the defending District6 champion Hornets prevailed 1-0 in a battle of playoff contenders Thursday.

Phoenix actually outhustled us, said Henley coach Rod Hussain,who guided the Hornets to the state championship game last year where theylost to Marist, 2-1. We were fortunate to get the score we did.

Henley's only goal came on a penalty kick at the 64th minute by juniormidfielder Peter Boyle. The Hornets were awarded the kick because of a handballin the penalty box.

After a scoreless first half, the Pirates came out strong after intermission.

They had several golden opportunities early in the second half,Hussain said. Our goalie Luke Stevens came up with some big saves.

Phoenix had an excellent chance to either tie or take the lead when Henleyco-captain Craig Robin was ejected for his second yellow card with 13 minutesto go. But the Pirates couldn't take advantage.

They tried to put on the pressure, but they didn't penetrate,said Hussain. I think what helped us was we had more subs than themand we had fresher legs.

Hussain was impressed with the play by Phoenix junior midfielder GreylanGeorgiana who thwarted many of the Hornets offensive threats.

Henley ended with a 16-12 edge in shots on goal.

NORTH VALLEY 2, ROGUE RIVER 0 -- At Rogue River, Eddie Rochholz had apart in both North Valley's goals and goalie Josh Saeman thwarted the Chiefsas the Knights opened District 6 action on a winning note.

Rochholz gave the Knights a 1-0 lead at the break on a penalty kick atthe 35th minute.

Roccholz found Jared Ratajczak on a crossing pass about six yards fromthe far post and the halfback put the ball into the net for a 2-0 lead midwaythrough the second half.

Saeman helped the Knights hold onto the lead by denying Rogue River someexcellent scoring opportunities.

North Valley had a 16-10 edge in shots on goal and a 13-2 margin in cornerkicks.

HIDDEN VALLEY 1, ST. MARY'S — -- Ben Jaramillo's goal with one minuteleft in the game helped the Mustangs earn a tie in both clubs' District6 opener.

After a scoreless first half, the Crusaders' Jake Smith gave his teamthe lead early in the second half. The clubs battled back-and-forth beforeJaramillo notched the equalizer in the 80th minute.

ILLINOIS VALLEY 5, BONANZA 2 -- At Cave Junction, Bonanza took a 1-0lead on a Miguel Gonezalez goal before Illinois Valley responded with fourstraight goals in a District 6 contest.

The Cougars led 2-1 at the half and outshot the Antlers, 16-9.

NORTH MEDFORD 0, MOUNTAIN VIEW 0 -- At Bend, superior goaltending stymiedthe No. 2 ranked Black Tornado and the No. 9 ranked Cougars in the non-conferencegame.

North (1-1-1) attempted 10 shots in the game with Geoff Hunker and JohnnyWhitaker taking good shots in the first half. But Mountain View goalie PhilHaines dove to his right to top Whitaker's shot from penalty kick range.

The Cougars' had three good scoring opportunities in the first eightminutes of second half, but Black Tornado goalie Cameron Purcell was upto the task.

GRANTS PASS 2, SHELDON — -- At Eugene, Joey Lute and Jeremy DeGuc scoredfirst-half goals as the Cavemen improved to 3-0-1.

Francisco Miranda and Geovanny Turnbull added assists for Grants Pass.Sheldon's lone tally came in the 52nd minute.

ROSEBURG 1, SPRINGFIELD — -- At Roseburg, J.J. Johnston's goal 15 minutesinto the second half helped the Indians to a non-conference tie.

The Millers took a 1-0 lead into halftime on a penalty kick goal by TimLeahy. The Indians (1-1-2) outshot Springfield, 12-4.

Girls

EAGLE POINT 6, SOUTH UMPQUA — -- At Tri Cities, sophomore Stephanie Lucasscored three goals to propel Eagle Point (1-1-1) to its first victory ofthe season in the non-conference road match.

Lucas scored two goals in the first half as the Eagles took a 4-0 leadat the break.

Eagle Point, who went winless last year, came out strong against theLancers. Tanya Ulsted scored off an assist from Necia Wilkinson just over1 minutes into the match.

The Eagles kept the pressure on when Wilkinson beat several defendersbefore getting her second assist on a feed to Lucas at 8:31.

Freshman Chelsea Hansen scored her first varsity goal at the 30th minutewith an assist from Moriah Kruis. Then Lucas completed the first-half scoringtwo minutes later.

Lucas notched her sixth goal of the season on a penalty kick and freshmanTiffany Cherry converted her first goal to account for the Eagles second-halfscoring.

Eagle Point outshot South Umpqua, 32-9, and had six corner kicks to onefor the Lancers.

MAZAMA 2, NORTH VALLEY — -- At Merlin, Mazama's Sarah Guetzloe scoredthe winning goal on a direct kick from 30 yards out at the 68th minute inthe non-conference match at Manzanita Field.

North Valley (0-1) took the initial lead on Hannah Smythe's goal justtwo minutes into the game. Smythe capitalized when a Mazama defender failedto clear the ball from the Vikings zone and Smythe converted from about14 yards.

The game was tied 1-1 at halftime. The Vikings knotted the score on aMindy Bishop goal at the 27th minute.

North Valley sweeper Janna Pilcher and stopper Elena McKee controlledthe defensive end.

North Valley had 21-8 advantage in shots on goal, while each team tookthree corner kicks.

GRANTS PASS 4, PHOENIX 0 -- At Grants Pass, Krystal Hopkins scored twogoals to lead a second-half rampage by Grants Pass (4-0).

After a scoreless first half, the Cavers erupted for four second-halfgoals, including goals by Andrea Zottola and Stephanie Clubb, who has sixin two games.