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Phoenix bounces back to knock off Henley, 1-0

TALENT -- The Phoenix Pirates' confidence was shaken Thursday when Hidden Valley scored a District 6 upset.

The situation didn't look any better Saturday at Hagler-James Park with a key matchup against Henley, a school the Pirates had never beaten.

But Phoenix responded with a 1-0 overtime victory as Annie Kulig scored on a direct kick with 1:40 gone in the second 10-minute overtime period.

Kulig blasted the kick from 25-yards out just underneath the left-center part of the crossbar.

It was fitting she scored the winning goal, said Phoenix coach Dan Sporrer. Henley's strength historically has been the midfield, but I really feel we matched up well and one reason was Annie Kulig's efforts all day long.

Phoenix came out strong in the first 20 minutes of the game with four corner kicks and several shots on goal. But Henley picked up the intensity after that and the game was played on equal footing for the remainder of regulation. Henley finished with a 20-9 advantage on shots

Today was a classic Phoenix-Henley battle, Sporrer said. It was 100 minutes of aggressive attacking soccer. We've tied them I don't know how many times, but today was the first time we came out on top.

The Pirates two defenders, Jessica Prisbrey and Lindsey Holy, played an important role containing the Hornets.

They did a very effective job of shutting down the Henley wings, said Sporrer. They have some talented kids on the outside. They're quick and have some good ball skills.

Phoenix junior goalie Tara Curtis was put the test against the Henley offensive pressure.

She came up real big for us, said Sporrer. She was strong coming off her line and collecting the ball out of the air.

NORTH VALLEY 6, HIDDEN VALLEY 0 -- At Merlin, North Valley scored five second-half goals to extend its record to 2-0 in District 6 play at Manzanita Field.

Freshman midfielder Alison Klingel scored a minute before the half to give the Knights a 1-0 advantage.

Five minutes into the second half, midfielder Brooke Edwards made it 2-0 with an assist from Julia Arnado. Ashley Enoch, Hannah Smyth and Marissa Bauer also scored for North Valley, which picked up an own goal in the second half.

Denise Leonard and Malloree Enoch had assists for the Knights.

MAZAMA 10, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0 -- At Klamath Falls, junior foward Dena Young scored three goals, including the first two of the game to lead the Vikings. Young now has five goals in two matches.

Sophomore forward Mindy Bishop added two goals. While sophomore forward Melissa Bishop, senior forward Megan Bishop, sophomore halfback Carlie Gonzales, senior halfback Tessa Lepley and junior Yolanda Hart, started the game in the goal, scored for Mazama.

The goals were the first varsity scores for Megan Bishop, Lepley and Hart. Sophomore forward Keri Hart assisted on three goals. It was 3-0 at the half.