Henley girls blank Phoenix, 3
KLAMATH FALLS - If Phoenix girls soccer coach John Doty had his wish, his team's matches would do without a certain 10-minute span in the second half.
Saying goodbye to minutes 55-65 this season could mean the world to Doty's Pirates in District 6 action.
Instead, that timeframe has spelled the undoing of Phoenix throughout the season, including Saturday's 3-0 loss to Henley.
Becky Schwartz scored a hat trick to pace the Hornets, with all three goals coming during a 10-minute Pirate lull in the second half.
"Every game that's been in league that we've lost, the difference-making goal has come within five minutes of the 60th minute," said Doty. "I don't know if it's a psychological thing or has to do with our fitness level, but something always seems to get us in that time."
That something proved to be a someone in the form of Schwartz, who upped her season total to nine goals in District 6 play. She ranks second in that department to North Valley's Malloree Enoch, who has 13.
"She's a solid, physical player," Doty said of the Henley junior. "She's got a lot of hustle and real good away-from-the-ball movement. She's the real deal."
Phoenix did its best to shadow Schwartz in the first half, but she would not be denied in the second half.
Her first goal came around the 55th minute, with No. 2 coming three minutes later and at a cost to Doty's defense. Her second goal came on a rush for a loose ball with Phoenix goalkeeper Jaclyn Unruh. The two players collided, with Schwartz able to get up and deposit a close-range shot while Unruh had to be removed from the game.
Kelly Singleton, Doty's No. — goalkeeper, replaced Unruh in goal for the Pirates, giving up the third goal to Schwartz but also countering with a handful of nice saves.
Phoenix dropped to 4-6-1 overall and 2-3 in District 6 play, while Henley improved to 5-1 in league.
HIDDEN VALLEY 5, MAZAMA 1- At Klamath Falls, Mazama scored 18 seconds into the match but then was helpless as Hidden Valley countered with five unanswered goals - including one effort 10 seconds into the second half.
Jennifer Toeler put the Vikings ahead when a rolling pass hit a raised yardage line on the field and bounded over a Mustang defenders' head. Behind the defense, Toeler slipped a shot past the stunned Hidden Valley troops for a 1-0 advantage.
Hidden Valley regrouped in a big way, allowing only one more shot on goal for the rest of the game while countering with 29 of its own.
Nina Jaramillo and Shae Ford each had a goal and an assist, while Erin Wilson had two goals, including the quick-hitter that broke open a 2-1 halftime lead for the Mustangs.
Ashley Traina scored on a penalty kick for Hidden Valley (3-6-1 overall, 2-3 Dist. 6).
ILLINOIS VALLEY 2, ROGUE RIVER 1- At Cave Junction, Ivy Fink's penalty kick with 5:40 gone in the first of two 10-minute overtime periods propelled Illinois Valley to the victory.
Rogue River scored first on an Illinois Valley own goal at the 3:57 mark.
The Cougars evened the score two minutes later on a goal by Jackie Goldman.
Fink converted the winning goal on a shot that went off the hands of Chieftain goalkeeper Jenny Harriman.
Rogue River (1-5) outshot IV, 24-14.
PHOENIX 7, NORTH VALLEY 0- At Talent, senior striker David Peterson scored one goal and assisted on three others as first-place Phoenix improved to 10-1 in District 6.
The Pirates scored three goals in the first 16 minutes to take a 3-0 lead at halftime.
Al Albright opened the scoring off an assist from sophomore Adam Machado 12 minutes into the match.
Peterson assisted on the Pirates' next two goals by Devon Wilson and Jonathon Chavez.
Peterson scored two minutes into the second half and assisted on an Albright goal six minutes later. Senior Craig Cooper came off the bench to tally the final two goals.
North Valley's only shot in the game came late in the second half.
Phoenix junior stopper Craig Swann, a three-year starter, turned in another outstanding defensive effort.
ROGUE RIVER 2, HENLEY 1- At Rogue River, Henrique Penido and David Way each scored and goalkeeper Fred Perryman recorded 12 saves for Rogue River (4-6-1).
Penido took a pass from Tony Coma across the middle and one-touched a shot into the net 10 minutes into the game.
Way gave the Chieftains a 2-0 lead on a blast from 20 yards out that went off the hands of the Henley keeper at the 65th minute.
Henley cut the margin to 2-1 at the 72nd minute on a Rogue River own goal when the ball dribbled past a screened Perryman off a corner kick.
Rogue River senior forward Jesse O'Gara was extremely active in the Chieftains three forward alignment.
Defensively for Rogue River, Kali Donovan, Greg Jentzsch, Coma and Way all made important contributions.