Shorland, Nelson lead Phoenix to win
Pirate defense posts shutout
Phoenix scored two first-half goals and then let its defense take over in the second half, shutting down Cascade Christian, 2-0, Thursday in District 6 boys soccer action.
The Pirates scored their first goal at the 28-minute mark on a penalty kick by Jesse Shorland. Rhema Nelson was credited with the other goal for Phoenix at the 35th minute, with the ball ricocheting off Nelson and into the net for the goal.
One of our guys went to clear the ball and it deflected into the goal (off Nelson), Cascade Christian coach Christian Janssen said. Our keeper was injured on the play and the ball just went in.
The Pirates outshot the Challengers 14-1, but Phoenix coach Dennis Flenner said Cascade Christian did a good job on defense.
We had four or five times where it looked like the ball was going to go in the net and didn't, Flenner said.
Despite the Pirates' scoring woes, Flenner said Thursday's contest was a fun match in what's been a long season.
It's been kind of hard for us (this season), Flenner said. For the last three years we have been playoff bound.
Now the Pirates find themselves in a similar situation to the Challengers, who also have a young team.
We played an agressive game and a hard game, Janssen said. Phoenix had more shots but we moved the ball well up the field.
HIDDEN VALLEY 5, MAZAMA 0 -- At Grants Pass, Jessie Johnson and Ben Miljkovich scored a pair of goals apiece as the Mustangs rolled past Mazama.
Hidden Valley outshot Mazama 36-6 in the contest and led 1-0 at the half.
Junior defender Mike Muneyyirci scored the first goal of his high school career in the last minute. Freshman goalie Tim VanderStoel recorded his fifth shutout.
Hidden Valley is 7-0-0 in District 6 play and 9-1-1 overall.
HENLEY 0, NORTH VALLEY 0 -- At Klamath Falls, sophomore sweeper Brad Baily and senior fullback John Tinniswood anchored Henley in a game dominated by defense.
Senior goalie Luke Stevens recorded his fifth shutout for the Hornets, who are 5-1-1 in District 6 play.
Junior goalkeeper Jeff Denniston earned the shutout for North Valley.
ST. MARY'S 3, ROGUE RIVER 0 -- Junior Gabe Schonerd posted a pair of goals and added an assist to lead the Crusaders (4-2-1) past Rogue River in District 6 action.
The shutout was goalie Andrew Lunt's sixth of the season.
Junior Mako Miyamoto opened the scoring for St. Mary's in the 41st minute.
District 6 Girls
HIDDEN VALLEY 0, MAZAMA 0 -- Playing in place of injured starter Yolanda Heart, Dee Dee Young and Mindy Bishop combined for the shutout in goal for Hidden Valley.
Heart injured her knee during the pregame warm-up, according to Hidden Valley coach Rob Isom, but is expected to return.
Junior sweeper Audrey Wood and junior fullback Natalie Holmes led the Mustangs' defensive effort.
With the tie, the Mustangs moved to 5-4-2 in District 6 action.
NORTH VALLEY 4, HENLEY 2 -- At North Valley, Malloree Enoch scored a goal and added an assist to help keep the Knights (11-0) undefeated in District 6 action.
Enoch scored the game's first goal on an assist from Julia Arnado, with Henley's Heather Poore tying the match at 1-all just before halftime.
North Valley dominated the second half, with Brooke Edwards, Shari Hartzell and Janna Pilcher each scoring goals.
Poore added another goal for the Hornets (8-3) late in the second half.
ROGUE RIVER 2, ST. MARY'S — -- At Rogue River, the Chieftains built up a 2-0 cushion before the Crusaders' ended their bid for a shutout late in the second half.
Alison Marland scored a goal for Rogue River in the first half and teammate Keri Cain scored on a header off an assist from Allison Bailey 15 minutes into the second half.
Lauren Frank scored St. Mary's lone goal.