Staver's hat trick propels St. Mary's to win
St. Mary's opened the District — boys soccer season where it left off last year, which might be an awfully good sign.
The defending district champion Crusaders, battling through what appeared to be heat-related exhaustion and illness, rolled past visiting East Linn Christian, 4-0, Saturday.
Last season, St. Mary's parlayed its league title into a trip to the Class 2A/1A state championship game, where it lost, 2-1, to Catlin Gabel.
Michael Staver, who along with Sean Snider forms a lethal strike force for the Crusaders (3-0 overall), tallied a hat trick, and the defense prevented the opponent from Lebanon from taking any shots on goal.
In somewhat of an anomaly, Snider didn't hit the scoring column against the Eagles.
— He and Michael have been scoring and setting each other up like mad, said St. Mary's coach Matt Faurot. We had to pull them both out today. They were both sick with heat exhaustion. Even through the sickness, they somehow were able to summon the power to run really hard.
Chris Burwell, like his running mates a senior forward, scored the Crusaders' other goal and had an assist. Sophomore Sam Moore also had an assist.
Staver put St. Mary's on the scoreboard midway through the first half on a penalty kick, the result of a hand ball in the box.
Burwell made it 2-0 with a header off a missed clearance moments before the halftime whistle blew.
Staver scored again a minute into the second half on Burwell's assist, then finished the scoring in nifty fashion in the 52nd minute, with help from Moore.
It was a really nice give-and-go back to Michael, said Faurot. He carried the ball along the goal line and scored from a near-impossible angle from the right side.
Crusaders sweeper Ryan Burt and stopper Duncan MacDiarmid made life easy for goalkeeper Dylan Bourke by shutting down the Eagles.
Their only weapon was trying to punt into our third, said Faurot. Any time they did that, Bourke came out and went to the ball really well. He snuffed out any attempt by them to try to boot the ball into our area.
Another key figure for St. Mary's was central midfielder Austin Grant, who established a fast-paced tempo and worked the ball through to the forwards.
Staver was the primary beneficiary.
Scoringwise, it was a typical day for Michael, said Faurot. His shots are dead on, and he has an excellent first touch.
PHOENIX 6, HENLEY 0 ' At Klamath Falls, Kyle McKinnis knocked in the first two Phoenix goals as the Pirates rolled to a Skyline Conference win.
McKinnis scored in the eighth minute off an assist from Jaime Escabedo then tacked on his final score in the 21st from 20 yards out to give Phoenix (6-1, 5-0 Skyline) a 2-0 lead at the half.
Escabedo kept one for himself in the 68th minute, converting a corner kick into a 3-0 Pirates' advantage.
Adam Machado, Jason Lockett and Noe Fletes each added late goals for Phoenix, which won the shots-on-goal battle, 18-3.
NORTH VALLEY 1, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0 ' At Merlin, Chad Matthews provided the games only offense and North Valley made it hold up during a Skyline Conference match.
Matthews punched in a goal in the 36th minute to help the Knights improve to 2-3 in conference action.
Illinois Valley remained winless in the Skyline at 0-5 despite getting 16 saves from goalkeeper Ben Latva.
HIDDEN VALLEY 3, ROGUE RIVER — ' At Rogue River, Hidden Valley took a 2-0 lead at halftime and added its final goal two minutes into the second half of the Skyline Conference match.
Rogue River got a goal from Eric Valencia with 10 minutes left in the match as it dropped to 2-3 in league and overall.
HIDDEN VALLEY 4, ST. MARY'S 3, OT ' despite a heavy advantage in shots, the Hidden Valley (6-0-1, 2-0 District 6) girls soccer team needed overtime to rid itself of a pesky St. Mary's squad.
Alyssa Tobin scored the game-winner in the second minute of overtime as the Mustangs slipped past the host Crusaders.
Shelsea Rawson had evened the game at 3-all for St. Mary's (1-1 District 6) during the 80th minute of action.
Renee Huizinga scored the first two goals for the Crusaders.
She drove in the game's initial score in the 14th minute of play then answered two Hidden Valley goals ' one by Ashley Elledge and Nina Jaramillo ' with her final score in the 67th minute.
Erin Wilson put the Mustangs back in front in the 69th before Rawson's equalizer.
Goalkeeper ShaLane Wilson stayed busy for St. Mary's, turning away several of Hidden Valley's 27 attempts on goal. The Crusaders managed 14 shots of their own.
PHOENIX 2, HENLEY — ' At Klamath Falls, fifth-ranked Phoenix got off to a strong start, which was its emphasis, and benefited from outstanding defense by freshman Tamara Heryford in the District 6 triumph.
Heryford marked Henley's Heather Olliffe, the reigning conference player of the year, and limited her to three of the Hornets' four shots.
The Pirates (4-2, 2-0 Dist. 6) got a penalty kick goal from Kelly Riley in the 14th minute after a hand ball.
Olliffe tied it on a breakaway at the 37th minute.
Marci Klimek of Phoenix ended the deadlock at the 50th minute, firing in a missed cleared ball from 5 yards out.
It was one of the few times Henley goalkeeper Chelsea Hornbeck was caught off guard. She made 16 saves, many of them sterling, on the Pirates' 20 shots.
NORTH VALLEY 11, ILLINOIS VALLEY — ' At Cave Junction, Shea Miller and Felicia Chavez each scored a hat trick as North Valley rolled to a District 6 win.
Miller also assisted on three scores, and teammate Megan MacDonald scored a pair of goals.
Emily Dudley scored the lone goal for Illinois Valley ' a 10th minute goal that knotted the game at 1-1.
North Valley improved to 4-3-1 overall and 2-1 in District 6 play, while the Cougars fell to 0-2 in league action.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 3, MAZAMA 0 ' Cascade Christian rode an 18-2 advantage in shots-on-goal during a District 6 victory at Hawthorne Park.
Molly Gathercoal scored the opener off a cross from Sarah Brown in the 22nd minute to hand the Challengers (3-2, 1-1 Dist. 6) a 1-0 lead at the half.
Katie O'Brien made it 2-0 just two minutes into the second half off an assist by Stephanie Cotta, and Whitney Winters scored unassisted in the 54th for the final margin.