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Lineup change spurs Pirates

TALENT -- Phoenix girls soccer coach Dan Sporrer tweaked his lineup Thursday in response to his team's slow District 6 start.

The alteration proved beneficial.

Sporrer moved Sarah Rennick to midfield and the junior responded with two goals as the Pirates defeated Illinois Valley 6-1 at Hagler-James Park.

The victory squared the Pirates' league record at 2-2.

I was happy to see Sarah Rennick up in the offensive third taking shots, said Sporrer. She has a strong foot. From 20 yards in, she's a threat to score. Also she plays unselfishly and can distribute the ball.

Four other Pirates divided up the remaining goals.

Helen Shoreland got Phoenix off to a quick start with a goal in the first minute. Annie Kulig, Jennifer Bones and Rennick added first-half goals for a 4-0 lead at intermission.

We're trying to dial-in the kids in positions that will make them most successful and the group as a whole more successful, Sporrer said.

Illinois Valley goalie Jennifer Thompson was under siege much of the game and was credited with 57 saves.

We maintained possession and kept the ball moving forward, said Sporrer. We have some skill players that can put pressure on a defense.

Illinois Valley's lone goal came late in the second half by Rachel Pierce off an assist from Autumn Bell.

ROGUE RIVER 2, HIDDEN VALLEY 0 -- At Grants Pass, Casey Pete scored the Chieftians' first-half goal and teammate Elizabeth Lewis kicked one during the second half.

Rogue River goalkeeper Allison Bailey earned the shutout as the Chieftians improved to 2-2.

Rogue River coach Bennie Stalker praised the defensive efforts of DeAnna Miller and Allison Marland.

NORTH VALLEY 4, MAZAMA 0, -- At Mazama, Marissa Bauer, Julia Arnado, Ashley Enoch and Mallore Enoch scored goals as the Kights raised their record to 5-0, while Mazama fell to 4-2 overall.

HENLEY 2, ST. MARY'S 0 - Brooke Case scored both goals for the Hornets as they shutout the Crusaders.

St. Mary's coach Mike Dunn said the Crusaders had solid defense from Heidi Durden and Nellie Barnard and solid midfield play from Kristal Page and Jessica Gorden, adding that overall the team held its own.

EAGLE POINT 7, CROOK COUNTY 0 -- At Eagle Point, junior forward Stephanie Lucas scored five goals as Eagle Point rolled to a non-conference triumph.

Lucas opened the scoring in the 22nd minute of the first half on a pass from Tanya Ulsted.

Lucas now has 18 on the season and 48 in her career, both Eagle Point High School records.

Tiffany Cherry added a goal on an assist from Sara Rendstorff and Maynay Cavez completed the scoring with a goal at the seven-minute mark of the second half.