Tight defense not enough to stymie Pirates' Cox
St. Mary's gave special attention to Kat Cox in District 6 girls soccer at the Crusaders field Tuesday.
St. Mary's might have slowed Cox down some, but the senior forward still managed three goals as the Pirates registered a 7-1 win over the Crusaders, who entered the game in a District 6 three-way tie for third place.
The victory moves third-ranked Phoenix (8-2, 5-0 District 6) into a first-place tie with idle Hidden Valley.
Phoenix plays at Hidden Valley in the final regular-season game Oct. 21.
After Phoenix led 2-1 at halftime, Cox exploded for back-to-back goals in the 47th and 48th minutes to give the Pirates some breathing room.
— Those were the back-breakers, Phoenix coach John Doty said.
Sarah Kieffer, who also recorded a hat trick, scored the next two goals.
Cox got her hat trick and completed the scoring with a nifty one-on-one move against St. Mary's goalkeeper ShaLane Wilson.
Kat had a dedicated player assigned to her the whole game, said Doty. (Cox) has a sensibility of what will work in front of the net. She's very fast and can pull away from people.
Phoenix grabbed a 2-0 lead with goals by Larissa Wiltrout at the eighth minute and Kieffer five minutes later.
St. Mary's got its only goal from Madison Murdoch on a defensive breakdown by the Pirates at the 24th minute.
Phoenix outshot the Crusaders, 17-3, and had nine corner kicks to none for St. Mary's.
They had some of their best kids playing back and that hampered their ability to create chances, said Doty. They had a plan, but they didn't have the personnel to put on everybody that is dangerous.
HENLEY 2, NORTH VALLEY — ' At Klamath Falls, Heather Olliffe scored both goals for Henley.
Henley led 1-0 at halftime on Olliffe's goal in the 10th minute off an assist from Megan Jones.
The Hornets upped their lead to 2-0 in the 60th minute with Megan Mangels getting the assist.
Kayla Wilhelm tallied unassisted for North Valley in the 75th minute.
Henley outshot North Valley 20-3 and had five corner kicks to none for the Knights.
Boys Skyline Soccer
PHOENIX 6, NORTH VALLEY 0 '
At Merlin, senior John Feeney scored twice for Phoenix in the league match.
Senior Manuel Alvarez started the scoring in the fourth minute on an assist from sophomore Kyle McKinnis.
Feeney made it 3-0 in the 25th minute on a 12-yard shot, assisted by Kylar Wilson. In the 56th, Feeney scored again, this time assisted by junior Cookie Castillo
Feeney boasts a team-high 14 goals for the Pirates (10-0 Skyline).
North Valley freshman goalkeeper Chad Mathews recorded 26 saves.
The Phoenix defense, anchored by Brian Bones, Nathan Bursk and Kevin Cowley, locked up a seventh shutout in league play.
MAZAMA 2, ROGUE RIVER — ' At Klamath Falls, a Rogue River comeback fell short when the Chieftains couldn't find the net in the final minutes despite several good looks.
Rogue River (2-8 Skyline) cut into a 2-0 Viking lead on a goal by Adam Fuller in the 62nd minute. Eric Valencia picked up the assist.
Mazama scored in the 15th and 55th minutes.