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Cookie crumbles Mustangs' hopes against Pirates

MURPHY ' They call him Cookie at Phoenix because his name sounds like Oreo, and Uriel Castillo certainly lived up to the moniker Saturday afternoon in boys soccer.

Castillo was both crisp and sweet in helping lead the Pirates to a 3-1 road victory over District 6 rival Hidden Valley.

The smooth senior put the final stamp on a hard-fought triumph in the 60th minute when he stole the ball from about 30 yards out, dribbled around three Mustangs and drove a 12-yard shot inside the far post for a 3-0 lead.

It looked to me like a training film it was so sweet, Phoenix head coach Dennis Flenner said of Castillo's goal. It was a nice way for us to wrap up our scoring.

Phoenix (2-0 Dist. 6) had built a 2-0 lead by intermission as Ricky DeLaTorre put in a header off a corner kick by Aaron Detrick at the 5-minute mark and LeRoy Iboa had an 8-yard finish in the 37th minute off an assist by Kylar Wilson and Jaime Escobedo.

— We're slightly disappointed that we didn't do more, said Flenner, but anytime we play against those guys (at HV) it's an emotional, all-out fight.

Hidden Valley (0-1 Dist. 6) escaped a shutout when Phoenix goalkeeper John Rowden was tagged with a red card in the 70th minute to set up a penalty-kick goal by Joe Guevara.

Rowden had come out of the goal to eliminate a Mustang breakaway, but Flenner said the players were involved in a tussle and Rowden was slapped with the infraction. Castillo replaced Rowden in goal, but his deflection wasn't enough to stop Guevara's close-range shot.

The Pirates managed a 23-8 advantage in shots on goal and 10-6 edge in corner kicks.

MAZAMA 5, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0 ' At Cave Junction, Nick Zamudio and Jose Melgoza scored two goals apiece and Mario Barajas contributed one goal and two assists in Mazama's season opener.

Zamudio and Melgoza each tallied in the first half off a pair of assists from Barajas to give Mazama a 2-0 lead at the break.

Alex Ramirez assisted on goals by Zamudio and Melgoza to open the second half and Barajas followed with a goal to complete the scoring for the Vikings.


At Klamath Falls, Javiar Barajas scored two goals to lead Henley in a rout over North Valley.

Andy Guest, Phillip Pena and Sean Roland added goals for the Hornets (1-1, 1-0 Skyline).

District — Boys

ST. MARY'S 6, PACIFIC 0 ' At Langlois, senior captain Duncan MacDiarmid scored three consecutive goals to lead defending Class 2A state champion St. Mary's to its second straight nonleague victory.

MacDiarmid completed a trio of first-half goals for the Crusaders (2-0) with a header over Pacific goalkeeper Joel Haga off a cross by Austin Grant in the 21st minute.

Josh Jones opened the scoring in the fourth minute and Grant gave St. Mary's a 2-0 lead 10 minutes later.

MacDiarmid completed his hat trick with the first two goals of the second half.

Jones finished the scoring.

Senior goalie Dylan Bourke registered the shutout.

St. Mary's outshot Pacific, 21-6, and had 12 corner kicks to one for the Pirates.

District 6 Girls

ST. MARY'S 5, ROGUE RIVER 0 ' At Rogue River, Kayla Eichamer scored two goals and Renee Huizinga contributed three assists as St. Mary's improved to 2-0 in District 6 play.

Huizinga passed to Maddie Murdoch for a goal in the 25th minute, then found Eichamer for another score in the 39th minute. In between, Megan Frankel scored on a putback when Huizinga's powerful shot caromed off the keeper.

Eichamer, taking a pass from Huizinga, and Katie Sinner scored second-half goals for St. Mary's.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 1, MAZAMA 0 ' Sarah Brown scored a goal in the 28th minute and Katy Stieglitz made sure that stood up in goal as Cascade Christian posted its first victory of the season at Fichtner-Mainwaring Park.

Brown blistered a corner kick in the first half that deflected off a Mazama defender at the far pole and into the goal to lift the Challengers (1-1).

Stieglitz fielded only one shot but came out of the goal box three times to turn away one-on-one chances by Mazama.


At Klamath Falls, North Valley keeper Chelsea Giesen blocked the only shot that came her way as the Knights won a hard-fought District 6 matchup.

North Valley produced 14 shots of its own against Hornet goalkeeper Chelsea Hornbech, who had nine saves. Emily Morehouse managed to squeak one by on a cross from Emily Thirnside in the 26th minute.