Hidden Valley, Phoenix on collision course
MURPHY ' Hidden Valley and Phoenix remained on a District 6 collision course Thursday afternoon, as both teams won, setting up a marquee match between the two Tuesday.
Hidden Valley (11-0-1, 6-0 District 6) beat Cascade Christian 6-0 while Phoenix also cruised, 10-0 over Illinois Valley.
Our next two matches are pretty crucial, said Mustang coach Gary Elledge. We don't want to stop now that we're on a roll.
Both teams sit atop the league standings at 6-0. Despite no losses this season, Hidden Valley is unranked while the Pirates are ranked No. 3.
— The Mustangs pounded out five goals in the first half and cruised to victory over the Challengers (3-3 District 6).
Senior Shea Ford had goals in the 24th and 31st minutes, as well as assisting an Alissa Tobin goal in the 13th minute.
Obviously, we had an excellent offensive performance today, said Elledge. But it was our defense that played great today. Cascade Christian has a couple of really good offensive players, and we were able to contain them.
Freshman goalkeeper Melissa Hinter earned her sixth shutout of the season and her fourth in league play. Hinter turned away seven Challenger shots.
You'd never know she was a freshman by looking at her, Elledge said. She just does her job. Plus she has a great group of defenders in Bailey Southern, Ashley Elledge and Amber Jones.
Senior Nina Jaramillo scored goals in each half. Jones put Hidden Valley on the board in the eighth minute with an unassisted goal.
PHOENIX 10, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0 ' At Talent, 10 different players scored for third-ranked Phoenix in the District 6 match as the Pirates remained unbeaten in league (9-2, 6-0 Dist. 6).
Phoenix led 6-0 20 minutes into the contest and 8-0 at halftime.
First-half goals by the Pirates were scored by Larrisa Wiltrout, Sarah Kieffer, Kat Cox, Kelly Riley, Kelly Singleton, Jamie Kammel, Robin Singleton and Ema Burr.
After intermission, Alex Hanscom tallied, as did Kristen Davis for the Pirates.
The Pirates, who outshot the Cougars 24-0, wore the old orange and black high school uniforms of the defunct Talent High Bulldogs for the match.
ST. MARY'S 1, ROGUE RIVER 0 '
At Rogue River, a single score from junior Renee Huizinga locked up the Skyline Conference win for St. Mary's.
The goal came in the 70th minute off an Erin Chamberlain corner kick. Huizinga scored on a one-touch deflection.
Sophomore Madison Murdoch had nine shots on goal for the Crusaders, who outshot the Chieftains 34-7.
PHOENIX 4, HENLEY 0 '
At Phoenix, solid defensive performances from Brian Bones, Nathan Bursk and Aaron Detrick helped lift Phoenix, bringing the Pirates to 11-0 in the Skyline conference.
The win was the Pirates' 36th straight in league.
Manuel Alvarez got the scoring started from 18 yards out in the 36th minute on a Cookie Castillo assist.
Up 1-0, Phoenix scored again in the 51st minute. Bones popped up a long pass to John Feeney, who converted from 12 yards out.
Castillo found an open Jason Lockett in the 53rd minute, who took the ball in from 12 yards out for the third score.
In the 75th minute, Lockett connected with Noe Fletes on a short shot from about 6 yards out for the final score.
HIDDEN VALLEY 7, ILLINOIS VALLEY — '
At Murphy, senior Danny Richard recorded two goals and an assist for Hidden Valley.
Richard scored the first goal in the fifth minute off a corner kick from Kyle Lumsten.
Shay Campbell found Skyler Ogden open in the ninth minute, setting up a score from 15 yards. After IV tallied, Richard struck again in the 35th minute.
Steven Shafer, Abner Porzio, Wesley Wagner and Lumsten all had scores in the second half.
ST. MARY'S 3, ASHLAND — ' At Ashland, St. Mary's won the nonconference match to improve to 11-0.
The Crusaders took a 2-0 halftime lead on goals by Chris Burwell at the 14th minute and Duncan MacDiarmid at the 22nd minute. Assists were by Sean Snider and Matt Bladek, respectively.
Ashland's Rick Ferguson tallied at the 70th minute, but St. Mary's James Yaru answered with three minutes left off a Michael Staver pass.