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Hidden Valley blanks St. Mary's

It took some time for Hidden Valley's boys soccer team to make the adjustment to the narrow, rain-soaked playing surface at St. Mary's High on Thursday.

But once it did, the Mustangs were in full control as they garnered a 2-0 win over the Crusaders in District 6 play.

The first half was kind of sloppy with both teams getting adjusted to the field, said Hidden Valley coach Charlie Seal. There was about an inch of standing water on the field.

Mo Artega got the Mustangs (9-1 Dist. 6) on the board in the 27th minute with a 10-yard shot set up by a long kick by goalkeeper Tim VanderStoel and a flicked-on header by Dillon Borta.

Artega sparked Hidden Valley's second goal, sending a corner kick that found its way to Irie Spann and was flicked on by a header into the goal.

The initial touch following Artega's effort was a header by Jacob Supola, who was making his first-ever varsity start on the right wing.

After that second goal, our guys settled down and (St. Mary's) only had two or three shots, said Seal. We finally got into our game, which is a possession game. It's hard to get your touch-passing going on such a tight field, but that was probably our best half of the season.

VanderStoel posted his eighth shutout in 10 games for the Mustangs, who outshot St. Mary's 21-8.

Helping keep the Mustangs at bay were solid efforts by Crusaders goalkeeper Greg Gradwell, sweeper Jordan Frankel and center midfielder Peter Staver.

St. Mary's dropped to 7-4.

We were really impatient offensively, said St. Mary's coach Joel Benson. We just needed to settle the ball and play our passing game a little more today.

PHOENIX 8, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0 -At Cave Junction, John Hendricks needed just 28 minutes to secure his fifth hat trick of the season.

A senior central midfielder, Hendricks scored in the first, fourth and 28th minutes to up his season total to 16 goals. He also recorded his 11th assist.

Senior forward Gerardo Serna, senior sweeper Al Albright and senior midfielder Craig Cooper each tallied a goal apiece. Senior goalkeeper Daniel Kieffer made the most of rare offensive opportunities, converting a first-half penalty kick and scoring while playing forward in the second half.

The Pirates (9-1 overall and District 6) remain tied for first with Hidden Valley.

ROGUE RIVER 3, MAZAMA — -At Klamath Falls, Rogue River scored two second-half goals to pull away for a District 6 win.

Mazama's Mike Sanchez notched the first goal, heading in a corner kick in the 22nd minute.

The Chieftains? Henrique Penido tied the game just before halftime and Zach Wilken and Jason Luchterhand put the game away with goals in the 49th and 80th minute, respectively.

The Vikings dropped to 2-7, while Rogue River improved to 3-6-1.

NORTH VALLEY 1, HENLEY 0 -At Merlin, Sebastian Hellenius scored the game's lone goal as North Valley avenged an earlier District 6 loss to Henley.

The Hornets, now 5-5 in conference play, won the first meeting between the two teams, 7-0.

In the 20th minute, Hellenius took a pass from Frank Wharregard and found the net.

The Knights improved to 3-6-1 on the season.