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Phoenix knocks off Skyline rival Hidden Valley

MURPHY ' After beating Hidden Valley earlier in the season, the Phoenix boys soccer team knew they would be marked in their visit to the Mustang Field.

But the Pirates (8-1, 7-0 Skyline Conference) made a claim to the league title by beating perennially tough Hidden Valley 4-1 Saturday.

We knew they weren't going to be nice when we came over, said Phoenix coach Dennis Flenner. They play tough as nails at home, plus they were pretty mad after losing a nailbiter to Mazama [on Thursday].

— Jaime Escabedo unassisted goal in the 56th minute and fed Kyle McKinnis an assist from ten yards out in the 28th minute.

Phoenix led 2-1 at the half but broke the game open when the Hidden Valley keeper fouled Jason Lockett in the fourth minute of the second half. Lockett converted the ensuing penalty kick for a 3-1 lead.

This match was everything it was billed to be, Flenner said. It was really fun to coach and watch. [Hidden Valley] is a handful.

Freshman Aaron Detrick put Phoenix on the board in the 12th minute with the assist coming from a John Feeney corner kick.

Phoenix keeper John Rowden had five saves against the Mustangs (4-4, 4-3 Skyline), who were outshot 10-17.

That really helped us out today, Flenner said. They got off a lot of quality shots but he showed poise.

Hidden Valley's goal came in the 38th minute on a free kick from Danny Richard from 40 yards out assisted by Torrent Saunders.

Phoenix hosts Illinois Valley on Tuesday, with five Skyline games to play.

Boys District 3

ST. MARY'S 2, SANTIAM CHRISTIAN — (OT) ' Josh Jones scored off a rebound with one minute remaining in overtime to boost St. Mary's to the District — victory.

Jones, a junior defender who was moved to forward Saturday, took control of the ball after a Santiam Christian player failed to clear it in the box.

St. Mary's (7-0, 2-0 District 3) fell behind in the 26th minute but tied the match in the 65th on a goal by Michael Staver, who used his right foot to volley in his own missed header from 8 yards out.

St. Mary's sweeper Ryan Burt cleared a free kick by Santiam Christian in the overtime period. Junior stopper Duncan MacDiarmid also had a strong game on defense for the Crusaders.

Girls District 6

HENLEY 4, ST. MARY'S 0 ' Injury-plagued

St. Mary's suffered a major setback in the District 6 girls soccer race with a loss against Henley (1-3, Dist. 6).

Megan Mangles scored two goals and Heather Olliffe had a goal and an assist for the Hornets, who picked up their first league win.

The Crusaders (7-2, 2-2 Dist. 6) outshot Henley 22-19, but were hurt by an own goal in the 38th minute.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 3, ROGUE RIVER 0 ' At Rogue River, sophomore Katie O'Brien scored two first-half goals for Cascade Christian (5-2-1, 3-1 District 6).

O'Brien converted unassisted at the 11th minute and took a long ball from junior Natasha Gerig and found the net just before halftime.

Sarah Brown accounted for the Challengers second-half goal when she was taken down, then converted a free kick from 25 yards.

Sophomore keeper Arica Cornwell only needed two saves to record the shutout.

Cascade outshot Rogue River, 25-5.

HIDDEN VALLEY 1, NORTH VALLEY 0 ' At Murphy, the game's only goal came at the fourth minute on a North Valley own goal to keep Hidden Valley undefeated in district play.

Hidden Valley's Amber Jones booted a corner kick that hit Shea Ford's body then deflected off a Knights' defender into the goal.

According to North Valley coach Gary Enoch, the Mustangs (8-0-1, 4-0 District 6) had more shots but his Knights (4-4-1, 2-2 District 6) had the better shots.

Hidden Valley ended with a 21-14 advantage in shots on goal.

Both goal keepers came up big. Hidden Valley freshman Melissa Henner had six saves, while North Valley senior first-year varsity player Megan McElheran came up with nine saves.

North Valley sophomores Emily Morehouse and Kayla Wilhelm held Mustang offensive threat Shea Ford in check.

MAZAMA 9, ILLINOIS VALLEY — ' At Klamath Falls, the Vikings (1-3) picked up their first win of the season over Illinois Valley (0-4), who played with only ten players.

Senior Caitlin Lochrie had two goals for Mazama from 20 yards out.

The lone Cougar goal came in the first half by Emily Dudley on an assist from Jessa Fairbanks.

Mazama led 4-1 at the half.