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Pirates, Hidden Valley battle to draw

TALENT -- Phoenix and Hidden Valley are both attack-minded girls soccerteams.

The similarities were evident in a season-opening District 6 match Saturdayat Hagler--James Park, but their high-powered offenses didn't produce muchscoring in a 1-1 overtime tie.

We both had our opportunities and missed, Phoenix coach DanSporrer said. It was a fast-paced game. We both have offensive threatsto create chances. We both tend to bypass the midfield and attack.

After a scoreless first half, Phoenix broke on top seven minutes intothe second period when junior midfielder Laura Jacobs directed a headerinto the far corner of the net off a crossing pass from Liz Rennick.

The Pirates held the 1-0 margin until the 64th minute when the Mustangscapitalized off a direct kick. Erica Davis scored a goal after the directkick put the ball in front of the Pirates' net. Davis was able to get controlof the ball in a crowd near the net and score from about 6 yards out.

Hidden Valley had a slight 16-14 edge in shots on goal, while the Piratestook five corner kicks to one for the Mustangs.

Phoenix senior sweeper Tori Sadler and Jacobs excelled, according toSporrer.

Tori thwarted lots of their attacks, said Sporrer. Sheplays the ball out of the back very calmly. Laura had a great athletic effortall over the field.

Phoenix was handicapped with the loss of starting center-forward LisaPerry, who suffered a season-ending knee injury Sept. 18 against South Umpqua.

I think both teams came out of the game feeling pretty good,said Sporrer.

NORTH VALLEY 3, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0 -- At Illinois Valley, North Valleytrampled the Cougars in the second half to take the win in their first leaguegame of the season.

Ashley Anoch started things off at the 56th minute with an assist byHanna Hansen.

Julia Arnado scored in the 67th minute on a penalty kick.

In the 70th minute, Hansen headed one in off a throw-in from Denise Leonardto finish off the Cougars.

North Valley outshot the Cougars 26-5.

Outstanding defensive players were Angie Foutz, Arnado, Hanna Smith andgoalies Crystal Garcia and Mackenzie Clark.

This win gives North Valley a record of 2-2-1 overall.

HENLEY 9, BROOKINGS 0 -- At Henley, Laura Davis scored four goals, KatieElliott and Brooke Case had two goals each and Devin Scrimsure scored onegoal to take the win from Brookings.

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