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Tie leaves Pirates, Mustangs unfulfilled

DISTRICT 6 SOCCER

TALENT-- Neither Phoenix nor Hidden Valley got the result it wanted Thursday, but the two boys soccer teams also didn't get hurt by the final outcome at Hagler-James Field.

Eighty minutes of regular action and 20 minutes of overtime play couldn't separate the two schools from atop the District 6 standings as Phoenix and Hidden Valley played to a 2-2 tie.

District 6 guidelines don't allow for a potential shootout to decide stalemates, leaving Phoenix coach Dennis Flenner a little less satisfied with Thursday's result.

There are days I wished we didn't allow ties and today was one of them, he said. It really would have been nice to have it decided in a shootout.

I don't want to lose but I don't want to play for a tie, either.

The tie preserved Hidden Valley's 16-game undefeated streak in District 6 play dating back to Oct. 15, 1997.

Neither team played like it wanted to walk off the field with the outcome undecided, with both teams attacking as much as possible without get caught out of position until the final whistle.

Phoenix (6-1-3) entered the contest with a slim one-point margin over Hidden Valley and St. Mary's in the District 6 standings. As a result of Thursday's action, the Pirates moved to 3-0-2 and pulled into a tie with the Crusaders (4-0-0) with eight points. Hidden Valley remained one point back at 3-0-1.

Sean Cowley took a pass from Jesse Shorland and scored on a breakaway two minutes into Thursday's match to give Phoenix a 1-0 lead.

Hidden Valley took advantage of a mishandled ball by Phoenix deep in its zone to tie the game four minutes later, with Matt Johnson slipping a shot past goalie Anthony Machado. Jon Wright earned the assist.

Johnson added his second goal of the game at the 36-minute mark off an assist from Jon Morse to give the Mustangs their first lead.

The Pirates tied the game at 2-all in the 75th minute as Jaime Bugarin scored on a crossing pass from Masaya Yano.

Both teams had solid scoring opportunities in the final minutes of regulation and in the extra sessions, but Machado and Mustangs goalie Tim Vanderstoel were equal to the test.

Johnson's 21 goals puts him 12 shy of Eric Pipher's school record of 33 set in 1993 with five games to play.

NORTH VALLEY 2, HENLEY 1, OT-- Jeff Gauthier took a crossing pass from Phillip Pheiffer and scored the winning goal at the 13th minute of the second 10-minute overtime period.

Casey Shaw scored North Valley's first goal unassisted in the 53rd minute. Henley tied it on a Joe Salvati goal off an assist from Scott Miles in the 60th minute.

North Valley (4-3-2) improved to 1-2-1 in District 6 action. The Hornets fell to 2-3-1 in league play.

ST. MARY'S 10, MAZAMA 0-- Gabe Shonerd scored four goals while Kawika Victor and Zack Rote each had two scores for St. Mary's, which cruised to the home win.

Goalkeeper Andrew Lunt stopped everything Mazama brought his way, recording his seventh shutout of the season.

Joel Frank and Greg Gradwell also scored for the Crusaders who remained undefeated, moving to 7-0 overall and 4-0 in league play.

HENLEY 4, NORTH VALLEY 1-- At Klamath Falls, Cathy Mayer scored three goals to lead Henley to the District 6 win.

Becky Schwartz put the Hornets on the board and Mayer put the game away with three straight scores.

Henley outshot the Knights 12-5 while improving its league record to 6-3. North Valley fell to 4-3-2.

PHOENIX 2, HIDDEN VALLEY 0-- At Murphy, Annie Kulig had a hand in both goals for Phoenix in their District 6 win.

Kulig assisted on a goal by Helen Shorland at the 24-minute mark in the first half, giving the Pirates a 1-0 halftime lead.

Kulig added a goal of her own at the 63rd minute with a shot from 25 yards out.

Despite the loss, goalie Sheena Gannon had 23 saves for the Mustangs to keep the contest close.

Phoenix outshot Hidden Valley 25-15, improving its league-leading mark to 7-0-2. The Mustangs fell to 1-7-1.

ROGUE RIVER 5, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0-- At Cave Junction, Rachel Hinze scored three times to lead Rogue River.

Hinze got things started with a score in the 11th minute and later added two more goals as Rogue River took a 3-0 halftime lead.

After a Jamie Artoff goal in the 45th minute of the second half, K.K. Smith tacked on the final score with a penalty kick.

Goalie Jennifer Thompson had 18 saves for the Cougars, while Sarah Zempel posted the shutout for the Chieftains.

Tara Erb had two assists, while Casey Pete and Zempel each notched one for Rogue River.

Rogue River outshot Illinois Valley 22-8, dropping the Cougars to 0-9 in league play.

ST. MARY'S 4, MAZAMA 1-- At Klamath Falls, Emily Smith posted a hat trick in the first half and Aurora Van Ausdall did her best to keep Mazama scoring machine Dena Young in check.

Smith scored on assists by Kara Schones, Leah Sawyer and Lauren Huizinga in the sixth, 26th and 37th minutes, respectively, for St. Mary's (4-4-1).

Young broke up the St. Mary's surge and Annie Maurer's bid for a shutout with a goal for Mazama (4-3-2) in the 39th minute off an assist by Keri Hart.

The goal was Young's 23rd of the season, but the Viking forward was shadowed by Van Ausdall throughout the match and mustered few scoring threats against the Crusaders.

Lindsay Cruickshank posted a goal at the 41-minute mark off an assist by Margo Chamberlain to secure the District 6 victory for St. Mary's.