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Phoenix knocks off St. Mary's

TALENT -- Alex Ahlqvist and Davey Grantland tallied goals to lead Phoenixto a 2-0 District 6 boys soccer victory over St. Mary's Thursday at Hagler-JamesPark.

Ahlqvist, a Swedish exchange student, knocked home a header off a crossfrom Greylan Georgianna to give the Pirates a 1-0 lead at the intermission.

I don't think anyone in Major League Soccer could have done itany better, said Phoenix coach Dennis Flenner. We set up controlof the game that way, so it was nice to get it going with something likethat.

Early in the second half, the Pirates extended their lead to 2-0 whenGrantland knocked one home off an assist from Kirk Maguire.

We felt at that time we could keep them off of our backs,said Flenner. They're a much improved team, but we have a strong groupof kids.

Phoenix goalie Ramon Agulo recorded his first shutout of the year, butit was the defensive play of sweeper Bey Alejandro that had Flenner excited.

He just kept everyone away from our goal, said Flenner. Idon't know what I would do without him. He just closed the door on them.

The contest was very physical, but there were no cards handed out, asSt. Mary's Nate Barnard injured his shoulder in the first half and was takento the hospital after the game.

I'm bummed out because we lost, said St. Mary's coach EricWolff, whose team slipped to 1-1-1. Our guys were getting gun-shytowards the end of the game.

HIDDEN VALLEY 3, NORTH VALLEY 3, OT -- At Merlin, the Mustangs and theKnights got into a shootout, but in the end it was the goalies who decidedthe outcome.

Hidden Valley goalie Matt Bottroff and North Valley's Josh Saeman thwartednumerous shots.

Three minutes into the contest North Valley's Tom Spagnolo scored thegame's first goal off an assist from Jason Britton.

Four minutes later Ben Jaramillo answered for Hidden Valley. The Mustangsclaimed the lead in the 35th minute when Angel Vedovath followed up a deflectionto give his team a 2-1 lead.

North Valley's Danny Riley sent the contest into the half tied 2-2 whenhe scored off an assist from Eddie Rochholz.

The Mustangs' Daniel Andrews and the Knights' Spagnolo scored second-halfgoals.

ROGUE RIVER 1, BONANZA — -- At Rogue River, the defenses had the lastword as the Chieftains and the Antlers played to a tie after two 10-minuteovertimes.

Bonanza's Jose Garcia gave his team a 1-0 lead with a second-half header.

Rogue River (0-2-1) answered with a header of its own when T.C. Scarboroughheaded a ball to Chuck Taylor, who knotted the game at one.

The Chieftains outshot Bonanza 22-8, but their defense play of John Thomas,Jon Peterson, Victor Cefas and Justin Martin blanketed the Antlers throughoutthe game.

ILLINOIS VALLEY 1, HENLEY 1, OT -- At Klamath Falls, Illinois Valleygoalie Jody Martin made some key saves to preserve the District 6 tie.

The teams played to a scoreless first half.

Henley scored at the 55th minute on John Bauman's penalty kick afterthe Cougars were detected handling the ball in the penalty area.

The Cougars tied the game two minutes later when the ball deflected offa Hornets' defender into the net.

Martin stopped a penalty kick by Henley's Craig Robin in the 71st minute.

In the overtime, Henley had a 5-1 advantage in shots on goal, but Martindid a good job of cutting down the angles on the Hornets best opportunities.

SOUTH MEDFORD 2, BEND 0 -- Bryn Ritchie had a goal and an assist to helpthe fourth-ranked Panthers escape with a non-conference win at DistrictField.

After a scoreless first half, South (3-1-1) got on track with a goalin the 44th minute off an assist from Dan Lane.

The Panthers put the contest out of reach in the 69th minute with TylerHoffbuhr's goal, assisted by Ritchie.

In five games, Ritchie has amassed seven goals and six assists.

Goalie Chad Warren recorded a shutout.

CRATER 3, DEL NORTE (Calif.) 2 -- At Central Point, Peter Kashevarof'ssecond penalty-kick goal with about 10 minutes remaining in the match provedto be the winner.

Kashevarof converted after two Comet players were taken down from behindin the penalty area.

The Comets led 1-0 at halftime on a first-half goal by Erik Julin ona direct kick from 20 yards out.

Crater goalie Matt Knauss blocked a penalty kick for the second gamein a row to deny Del Norte, of Crescent City, Calif., a scoring opportunityearly in the second half.

The Warriors eventually tied the score 1-1, but Kashevarof gave the Cometsthe lead again on a penalty kick.

About 30 seconds latter, Del Norte blasted a score by Knauss from 40yards away.

Crater registered a 19-12 advantage in shots on goal.

ASHLAND 8, MAZAMA — -- At Eric Poppke scored four goals, Evan Allredadded two, while Will Van Alsdale and Eric Sharp also scored for the Grizzlies,who took a 5-0 lead at the half.

John Hunter scored for Mazama off a corner kick with an assist from ChadGlass.

GRANTS PASS 3, MARSHFIELD 0 -- At Coos Bay, Francisco Miranda got theCavemen rolling with a goal 15 minutes into the game.

Joey Lute netted his rebound after hitting a goal post to give GrantsPass a 2-0 lead to end the first half.

Miranda started off the second half by heading in a shot from 12 yardsfollowing a cross by Geovanny Turnbull.

Goalie Jason LaLonde notched his fourth shutout for the Cavemen, whoimproved to 4-1-1. Jeremy DeGuc also played well for Grants Pass.

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