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Pirates stave off rally for District 6 win


MERLIN-- Phoenix rushed to a 4-1 halftime lead and held off North Valley in the second half for a 4-2 District 6 girls soccer victory Thursday over North Valley.

It was a tale of two halves, Phoenix coach Dan Sporrer said. In the first half our forwards and midfielders controlled the game and put a lot of pressure on North Valley. In the second half, our kids didn't play with the same intensity. We forgot the things that got us the lead.

Annie Kulig gave Phoenix the initial lead 11 minutes into the game after taking a pass from Jennifer Bones and connected from just beyond the box.

The Knights tied the score at 1-all on a header by Hannah Smith off a crossing pass from McKenzie Clark.

The Pirates sealed the victory with three goals in a four minute span.

Lisa Perry registered the first of two goals on a penalty kick at 24 minutes. One minute later Perry struck again when she beat several defenders near the goal after receiving a pass from Bones.

At the 28 minute mark, Bones crushed a shot from 30 yards out into the far upper portion of the net.

Sophomore Malloree Enoch scored for North Valley on a nimble individual effort 13 minutes into the second half.

Phoenix goalie Tara Curtis recorded 13 saves.

ROGUE RIVER 3, ST. MARY'S 2-- At Rogue River, the Chieftains, despite losing a player to a red card in the first 10 minutes, got two goals from Allison Bailey and another from Kasey Pete in the last 10 minutes of the District 6 match.

Emily Smith scored both goals for the Crusaders (0-1) in the first half on assists from Lauren Huizinga and Leah Sawyer.

HENLEY 2, HIDDEN VALLEY 1-- At Klamath Falls, freshman forward Becky Schwartz gave Henley a 1-0 halftime lead, then each team allowed an own goal in the second half of the District 6 opener.

Schwartz scored on an assist from Theresa O'Connor in the 12th minute.

Henley took a 2-0 lead 10 minutes into the second half when Christina Wilson's shot bounced off a Hidden Valley defender into the Mustang net.

Hidden Valley cut the deficit to 2-1 on a corner kick that slipped through the hands of the Henley goalie.

Henley had a 20-5 advantage in shots, despite the Mustangs controlling the tempo after intermission.

MAZAMA 8, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0-- At Cave Junction, senior forward Dena Young scored four goals, including three of Mazama's five in the first half, in the District 6 match.

Mindy Bishop added three goals and Kay Ortega accounted for the Vikings other score.

EAGLE POINT 5, SOUTH UMPQUA 1-- At Eagle Point, Stephanie Lucas scored three first-half goals and four for the match as the Eagles improved to 4-0, all non-conference.

Eagle Point, which led 3-1 at halftime, outshot the Lancers 39-11. The Eagles got their other goal from Necia Wilkinson and two assists from Keilah Kruis.

KLAMATH UNION 6, CRATER 3-- At Central Point, Klamath Union built a 5-0 lead in the first half of the non-conference match before the Comets closed the gap.

Stacey Schmelzer scored twice for the Comets, 1-1-1 overall, and Tessa Austermuehle had a goal and an assist.

Klamath's Sara Schaaf had a goal and three assists.

ROSEBURG 2, THURSTON 2-- At Roseburg, Hedda Gardsjord and Erin Goodell scored goals for the Indians (1-0-2).

Assists on the goals went to Shannon Tarvin and Rachel Stribling.

Roseburg outshot the Colts 13-6.