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Johnson's hat trick helps Mustangs inch closer to playoff berth

KLAMATH FALLS-- Hidden Valley nailed down third place in the District 6 boys soccer standings Thursday when the visiting Mustangs struck for three first-half goals en route to a 6-1 victory over Mazama.

Matt Johnson notched his fifth hat trick of the fall, giving him 28 goals for the season as Hidden Valley moved within one win of the Class 3A-2A-1A state playoffs for the third straight year. The Mustangs reached the semifinals in each of the past two Novembers, but must win a district playoff match to duplicate that feat this season.

Seth GaRey put the Mustangs on top when he took a punt from goalie Tim VanderStoel that bounced over a defender's head and took it to the goal 20 minutes into the first half.

Two minutes later, Johnson made it 2-0, taking an assist from Rem Everet.

Three minutes after that, Kenny Pipher scored on an assist from Cody Borta to make it 3-0 at intermission.

After Mazama narrowed the count to 3-1, Scott Palmer extended Hidden Valley's lead to 4-1 on a penalty kick. Then Johnson added two more goals.

Hidden Valley outshot the Vikings, 25-5.

NORTH VALLEY 2, ROGUE RIVER 0-- At Rogue River, Casey Shaw and John Handley scored unassisted goals as North Valley edged feisty Rogue River to clinch the fifth and final playoff berth in District 6.

The Knights (7-4-3, 4-3-2 District 6) travel to fourth-place Bonanza on Saturday.

Shaw dribbled through three defenders and drilled home a goal from the 18-yard mark in the 32nd minute. Handley's goal, also unassisted, came from about the same distance and spiraled into the upper left-hand corner of the net in the 70th minute.

BONANZA 2, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 0-- At Bonanza, Shawn Earp scored both goals for Bonanza, one at the 31st minute, the other at the 48th.

Goalie Dan Bingham played well again for the Challengers, who finished the season 6-5 overall and 4-6 in District 6.

HENLEY 7, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0-- At Cave Junction, Henley closed out the season with a first-half scoring flurry.

Dewey Pizano, Stuart Ward, Jason Shear, Dusty Combes and Peter Isaacson all scored in the first half as the Hornets took a 5-0 advantage.

Chris Krieger and Brad Bailey scored in the second half as the Hornets outshot the Cougars, 20-5.

PHOENIX 9, ST. MARY'S 0-- At Talent, Lisa Perry notched a hat trick and added two assists in helping the Pirates cap their District 6 championship run at 11-1-2.

Besides Perry's three goals, Phoenix also received a hat trick from Jennifer Bones and one goal each from Chelsi Clark, Annie Kulig and Andrea Smith.

Tara Curtis earned the shutout in goal for Phoenix, which is off until playing host to a second-round playoff match Nov. 9 at Hagler-James Park.

HENLEY 8, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0-- At Klamath Falls, Cathy Mayer scored a season-high four goals as Henley nailed down third place in the District 6 standings and a trip to the Class 3A-2A-1A playoffs.

Chrissy Giavia, Heather Jones, Theresa O'Connor and Katie Lynch also scored for the Hornets.

Henley travels to play Cascade, the Capital Conference third-place team Nov. 6 at Turner in its playoff opener.

NORTH VALLEY 4, ROGUE RIVER 3-- At Merlin, Hanna Smyth nailed a 25-yard goal that snapped a 2-2 tie in the 56th minute and North Valley went on to edge Rogue River for its fifth straight District 6 victory.

The Knights finished tied for second place with Henley in District 6 with a 9-3-2 record.

Smyth and Malloree Enoch each had two goals for the Knights.

Allison Marland scored twice and Casey Pete once for the Chieftains, who finished with an 8-6 record in District 6 play.

MAZAMA 2, HIDDEN VALLEY 0--At Murphy, Dena Young scored her 28th and 29th goals of the season to pace Mazama over Hidden Valley in the District 6 final for both teams.

Young tallied in the eighth minute off an assist from Sara Todd and added her second goal of the match in the 43rd minute off an assist from goalie Yolanda Hart. Hart posted her fifth shutout of the season, stopping a penalty kick along the way.