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Quick start leads to 6-1 romp for Phoenix boys

KLAMATH FALLS - Phoenix boys soccer coach Dennis Flenner warned his team that a fast start in the Pirates' match against Henley on Tuesday would be to its advantage.

Phoenix (11-1) responded by taking a 5-0 halftime lead on the way to a 6-1 victory.

"Henley brings a real aggressive attack," said Flenner, "especially at home. I told the guys that if we didn't take care of business early, we'd have a real nail-biter at the end. And that's how they played us in the second half.

"The funny thing is, I thought we could take the incentive out of them with that 5-0 lead at halftime. I thought they might roll over, but Henley has a lot of pride, and they're a good team."

In the first half, senior central midfielder John Hendricks scored three goals and had an assist for the Pirates, including a creative score on a play Phoenix has been working on.

Phoenix led 1-0 on a Gerardo Serna score when, with 10 minutes gone in the match, Hendricks launched a corner kick. It hit the crossbar, a post and a Henley player in the goal mouth.

Flenner said he thought the ball was already in when it hit the Hornets player and credited the score to Hendricks.

"We've been working on that on short fields," said Flenner, "where you actually bend the ball in. We have a couple of guys who can do that. If you can catch the defense sleeping, a nicely placed ball that's pretty hot can actually find its way into the goal."

Hendricks assisted on a nice goal by sophomore John Feeney in the 31st minute, then scored in the 35th and 37th minutes on passes from Matt Seeley and Chris Swann, respectively.

Phoenix's second-half goal came when David Peterson headed a pass to Adam Detrick, who made good on it.

Joe Salvati scored for Henley.

Flenner was pleased with the way the Pirates finished their runs. Their six goals came on only 12 shots.

ST. MARY'S 3, NORTH VALLEY 0- Senior Nic Caplan scored two goals and midfielders Peter Staver and Thatcher Jones helped control the action for St. Mary's (8-4) on its home field.

Caplan one-touched a through ball from Jones inside the far post from the edge of the box in the third minute for the only goal of the first half.

Daniel Pires surprised North Valley with a post-up goal from 12 yards away off an assist from Joel Frank just two minutes into the second half.

Caplan scored again near the end of the contest from 40 yards.

St. Mary's junior goalkeeper Greg Gradwell recorded his sixth shutout of the year.

HIDDEN VALLEY 2, MAZAMA 1, shootout - At Klamath Falls, Hidden Valley made three straight shots in the shootout, and backup goalkeeper Jake Supola saved three Mazama attempts in the District 6 match.

The two teams played to a 1-1 deadlock through regulation and two 10-minute overtimes, a surprisingly close match given that defending state champion Hidden Valley is 10-1 and Mazama is 2-8.

Mosiah Arteaga put Hidden Valley in front in the 13th minute off an assist from Dillon Borta.

The Vikings tied it when Greg Murdock passed to Richie Earle on a direct free kick in the 31st minute.

In the shootout, the Mustangs' Borta, Irie Spann and Ben Lumsden each shot to the goalkeeper's right and scored.

Supola, a sophomore filling in for Tim VanderStoel, who has an injured ankle, made them stand up.

Mazama outshot Hidden Valley 16-15. The Mustangs had seven saves to six for Mazama and nine corner kicks to two for the Vikings.

ROGUE RIVER 6, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0- At Rogue River, Henrique Pendio recorded a second-half hat trick to help Rogue River pick up a District 6 win.

Jesse O'Gara and Adam Marland added first-half scores for the Chieftains.

Rogue River improved to 5-6-1, with a game at Hidden Valley on Thursday and a home contest against North Valley on Saturday.