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O'Brien's hat trick leads Challengers past Rogue River

Katie O'Brien was only a freshman last year, but she led the Cascade Christian girls soccer team in scoring.

It looks like more of the same her sophomore year.

O'Brien recorded a hat trick Thursday as the Challengers defeated Rogue River, 4-1, in a nonconference game at Hawthorne Park in Medford.

Katie just seems to have a good knack, said Cascade coach Craig Warren. She goes hard for the ball and has a really nice shot. She can shoot from quite a ways out.

O'Brien scored twice in the first half, with assists from Sara Brown and Kate Stieglitz. Her scores were sandwiched around one by Michelle Messenger, who was assisted by Molly Gathercoal.

— The Challengers led 3-0 at halftime.

Warren, who made his players run sprints after a poorly played season opener, encouraged them at intermission to keep up their intensity.

They knew the consequences.

They were more motivated today, Warren laughed.

Rogue River got on the board at the 47th minute on an unassisted goal by Jill Artoff.

O'Brien, who tallied 15 times last year, struck again in the 65th minute on a pass from Brown.

It was O'Brien's fourth goal of the season.

Cascade (1-1) outshot the Chieftains, 20-6, and got strong defense from Stieglitz and Jaine Bennett.

HIDDEN VALLEY 8, DOUGLAS 0 ' At Murphy, Nina Jaramillo scored two goals as Hidden Valley coasted to a nonconference win.

The Mustangs (3-0-1) put four goals on the board in the first seven minutes en route to a 6-0 lead at the half.

Jaramillo scored in the first minute and tacked on her final goal in the seventh.

Freshman goalkeeper Melissa Henner preserved the shutout with a fully extended, diving save off a penalty kick in the first half.

NORTH EUGENE 1, ROSEBURG 0 ' At Roseburg, Lyda Schimmer broke a scoreless tie in the 67th minute as North Eugene slipped past Roseburg in nonconference action.

Schimmer came out of a scrum for the ball in front of the Indian's goal following a corner kick and sent the game-winner past goalkeeper Allison Raider.

Roseburg, which won a 10-7 shots-on-goal battle, fell to 2-2 on the season.

MARIST 5, NORTH VALLEY 0 ' At Merlin, Kallee Apo and Ali Boyum each scored first-half goals as second-ranked Marist blanked North Valley.

The Knights (1-2) missed on several scoring opportunities in the opening half and narrowly lost the shots-on-goal battle, 7-6.

Kayla Wilhelm, Rachell Rockwell and Emily Moorehouse each played well in defeat for North Valley.

Skyline Conference Boys

PHOENIX 9, ROGUE RIVER 0 ' At Rogue River, John Feeney, Uriel Castillo and Noe Fletes each scored twice and Jaime Escabedo had four assists to lead Phoenix in its Skyline Conference opener.

Feeney got things going for the Pirates (2-0, 1-0 Skyline) 38 seconds into the match with a goal off an assist from Kyle McKinnis, then added another goal at the 4-minute mark off an Escabedo assist.

Castillo broke through for a goal in the 16th minute, with Manuel Alvarez adding a goal 10 minutes later off an Escabedo assist.

Fletes bumped Phoenix's lead to 5-0 just before halftime off a corner kick.

Castillo, McKinnis, Fletes and Kylar Wilson each scored in the second half, with assists, respectively, going to Feeney, Escabedo, Kevin Cowley and Escabedo again.

The Pirates outshot Rogue River 20-2, with John Rowden posting the shutout in goal.

NORTH VALLEY 5, ILLINOIS VALLEY — ' At Cave Junction, Colin Dusine scored three goals as North Valley emerged in a seesaw Skyline contest.

In the first half, Sam Green put Illinois Valley on the board at the 11th minute, then Dusine answered six minutes later.

Jordan Marsh gave North Valley a 2-1 edge at the 45th minute, then John Riley tallied twice for Illinois Valley.

A Chad Matthews goal tied it at 2-2 for the Knights, then Dusine hit back-to-back goals at the 60th and 63rd minutes.

Nonconference Boys

DEL NORTE 6, EAGLE POINT 0 ' At Eagle Point, Del Norte scored four first-half goals en route to the nonconference win.

The Eagles (0-4), who've given up 42 goals over the first four games, yielded six goals but held Del Norte scoreless over the final 32 minutes.

Freshman Jeff Campanelli and sophomore Sean Oppelt each played well for Eagle Point.

KLAMATH UNION 5, HENLEY 0 ' At Klamath Falls, Salvador Garcia scored his first three goals of the season to pace Klamath Union in the nonconference match at the Sports Complex.

The Pelicans (2-1 overall), also got scores from Mario Barajas and Drew Baldwin.

KU had 20 shots to the Hornets' seven, and had nine corner kicks to three for Henley.