Duo leads Rogue River to victory
ROGUE RIVER - It hasn't been there often this season, but Jesse O'Gara and Zack Wilken picked a nice time to combine for a pretty potent scoring duo.
O'Gara and Wilken had a hand in all four goals for the Rogue River boys soccer team during a 4-0 win over North Valley on Saturday.
It was the Chieftains' District 6 finale, leaving them at 6-8 and primed for the league playoffs.
Rogue River will play Henley for the right to face St. Mary's for the district's third and final state playoff berth. Time and place have yet to be determined.
O'Gara scored the first three goals off assists from Wilken, who also had the final goal.
"Towards the middle of the season we went to three forwards instead of two," said Rogue River coach William Sarver. "We put those two (O'Gara and Wilken) up front and they had been getting better working together over the past few games.
"Today, they just played outstanding."
O'Gara found the net twice in the first half. Both scores weren't exactly things of beauty, but Sarver liked the end result.
"On both of those first goals, the ball was just flopping around in front of the net and Jesse just pushed them in," said Sarver. "They were two strange plays but we'll take them."
Just 30 seconds into the second half, O'Gara upped the lead to 3-0.
Wilken found himself deep after beating the North Valley fullback and crossed the ball to O'Gara, who found the center of the net.
Tired of distributing the ball, Wilken scored a goal of his own in the 65th minute off an assist from David Way.
"It was a good way to finish the regular season for us," said Sarver. "I wish we would have played like that more often, but I think we'll have a little more confidence heading into the playoffs."
PHOENIX 8, MAZAMA 0- At Talent, John Hendricks ran his season goal total to 22 with a hat trick as top-ranked Phoenix rolled over Mazama in District 6 action.
Matt Seeley, coming back strong from an ankle injury, scored one goal and had two assists for the Pirates, who ran their District 6 and overall records to 12-1.
John Feeney, David Peterson, Devin Wilson and Doug Lavagnino also had goals for the Pirates.
HENLEY 4, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0- At Cave Junction, senior striker Joe Salvati scored two goals and assisted on two others to lead Henley to the District 6 victory.
Salvati's goal in the 26th minute gave the Hornets a 1-0 halftime lead. Sophomore midfielder Nick Diaz connected in the 47th minute to make it 2-0 and then Salvati blasted a 35-yard goal in the 51st minute to make it 3-0.
Henley's final goal was by Stuart Ward in the 61st minute.
Right fullback Travis Brollier and stopper Jeff Mullis paced the Henley defense. The Hornets had a 15-6 edge in shots on goal and a 6-2 advantage in corner kicks as they ran their District 6 record to 6-7.
NORTH VALLEY 5, HIDDEN VALLEY 3- At Murphy, Maloree Enoch scored four goals as North Valley all but assured itself a berth in the District 6 playoffs.
Enoch gave the Knights a 1-0 lead at halftime then added second-half goals in the 67th, 69th and 73rd minutes. Amber Abbott added a goal for North Valley, which ended its regular season at 8-4-2 overall and 6-2 in district play.
Nina Jaramillo, Amber Jones and Ashley Elledge each had second-half goals for Hidden Valley.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 3, ROGUE RIVER 0- The Challengers ensured they will finish no worse than second in District 6 by scoring three times in the closing 26 minutes at Hawthorne Park.
Cascade Christian (8-2-1 overall, 6-1 Dist. 6) plays host to St. Mary's on Thursday at 4 p.m. at Hawthorne in what amounts to the district's title match.
To get the scoring started Saturday, junior forward Victoria Cotta notched her ninth goal of the district season on an assist from junior forward Jessica Tresser in the 64th minute.
Junior defensive midfielder Kerrie Longdon scored one minute later on an assist from Cotta, and junior central midfielder Crystal Humphries added the final tally on another assist from Tresser in the 80th minute.
Rogue River ended its season 1-7 in District 6 action.
ST. MARY'S 3, HENLEY 0- At Klamath Falls, the Crusaders set up a showdown against Cascade Christian for the District 6 title by taking care of the Hornets.
Junior Emily Smith, playing sweeper instead of her usual forward spot, converted a penalty kick in the 17th minute to get St. Mary's (9-1-1 overall, 6-1 Dist. 6) going. The goal was Smith's team-leading 12th.
Senior forward Margo Chamberlain scored her sixth and seventh goals in the 35th and 36th minutes. The first was assisted by sophomore forward Alex Tomlinson, while the second was unassisted.
Henley dropped to 6-2 in the district with the loss, and it could finish anywhere from second to fourth depending upon outcomes in the final week of the regular season and tiebreaking scenarios.
The Crusaders face Cascade Christian (also 6-1 Dist. 6) at Hawthorne Park on Thursday at 4 p.m. to determine the district's champion and No. — seed for state.
The Pirates (6-6-1, 4-3 Dist. 6) dominated the game, with 33 shots to the Vikings' four and 11 corner kicks to two.
Larrisa Wiltrout scored twice for Phoenix, Kat Cox had a goal and an assist and Kelly Riley two assists.
Cox scored first at the six-minute mark off a pass from Riley. Riley then crossed to Wiltrout for a foot volley at the 38th minute, resulting in a 2-0 halftime lead.
Wiltrout got her second goal in the 78th minute off a corner kick by Cox.