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Knights send Pirates to overtime loss

TALENT ' The North Valley girls soccer team got some breathing room in the complicated District 6 race Saturday afternoon, beating Phoenix 3-2 in overtime.

The Knights (10-1) maintained their one-game lead over Hidden Valley and clinched a spot in the Class 3A/2A/1A state playoffs with the win.

Shea Miller scored with one minute left in the first overtime period and North Valley made that stand up in earning the win.

There were some outstanding plays from both teams, Phoenix coach John Doty said. We snuffed a few of Shea's breakaways but she got us on the last one.

Miller took the assist from Emily Morehouse on a give-and-go play and the Knights held Phoenix scoreless in the second overtime for the win. Miller also added an unassisted goal in the 10th minute of regulation.

— Marci Klimek tied the game for Phoenix three minutes later and the score stood until the Pirates took their first lead on a penalty kick four minutes into the second half. Robyn Singleton was pushed down by the North Valley goalkeeper and then converted the kick.

The game turned ugly shortly afterward. Thirty-two direct-kick fouls were called and the North Valley coaching staff was issued red cards before Kayla Wilhelm converted a penalty kick in the final minute of play to send the game into overtime.

It was a very physical match, Doty said. There wasn't a lot of ill will. Both teams were playing hard and both wanted to win. It was still very civil.

Phoenix is one of four teams still vying for the remaining two playoff spots. The Pirates are tied for third with Cascade Christian, whom they will face on Tuesday at Fichtner-Mainwaring Park.

HIDDEN VALLEY 1, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 0 ' At Murphy, Denise Powell scored the game's only goal in the 65th minute on an assist from goalkeeper Melissa Henner.

Henner also made a potential game-tying save near the end of the match to preserve the victory over Cascade Christian (7-5 Dist. 6).

Hidden Valley (10-2 Dist. 6) dominated possession and had an 18-5 advantage in shots.

ST. MARY'S 4, MAZAMA 0 ' Madison Murdoch and Renee Huizinga each scored a goal in the first half and then assisted on one in the second half as St. Mary's rolled to a District 6 victory.

Katie Sinner and Megan Frankel scored the second-half goals for the Crusaders, who outshot Mazama 13-0 in the game.

ShaLane Wilson and Caitlin Carini split time in goal for the shutout.

HENLEY 4, ROGUE RIVER 0 ' At Klamath Falls, Henley scored all four of its goals in the second half as Linae Roland turned in a hat trick and Ysenia Ortega added an insurance goal.

Skyline Conference Boys

PHOENIX 10, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0 ' At Cave Junction, Phoenix extended its perfect record to 10-0 with a score appropriate to the Pirates' win total.

Jaime Escobedo led the Pirates with three goals and two assists, Dong Won Kim scored twice and assisted on one goal and goalkeeper John Rowden joined the fray with two goals in the second half.

Nathan Bursk assisted on four of the Phoenix goals, including the first three of the game. Julio Uribe and LeRoy Iboa also added an assist.

Omar Hernandez had one goal and one assist and Uriel Castillo and Kyle McKinnis rounded out the scoring with one goal apiece.

HIDDEN VALLEY 5, NORTH VALLEY — ' At Merlin, Hidden Valley scored three first-half goals and didn't allow a goal until the 55th minute.

Joe Guevara posted a hat trick for the Mustangs scoring three goals in a 10-minute span.

Kyle Lumsden scored once and assisted on another goal. Chris Chapman added two assists, and Shay Campbell scored the final goal for Hidden Valley.

North Valley's lone goal was scored by Jordan Marsh.

HENLEY 1, MAZAMA 0 ' At Klamath Falls, Javier Barajas scored the game's only goal as Henley swept the season series from its cross-town rival.

District — Boys

SANTIAM CHRISTIAN 1, ST. MARY'S 0 ' At Albany, defending state champion St. Mary's suffered its first loss of the season in a District — match at Linn-Benton Community College and ended a 28-match winning streak

Santiam Christian's Josh Yim scored in the 22nd minute off an assist by Bryant Jang for the game's lone goal.

Santiam Christian (6-1 Dist. 3) limited the Crusaders to four shots while getting 10.

The last time St. Mary's (10-1, 6-1 Dist. 3) lost was on Nov. 18, 2002, in the Class 2A/1A state title game.

St. Mary's defeated Santiam Christian 4-1 earlier this season.

The Crusaders play host to Glide in a District — season-ending game at 5 p.m. Saturday at Spiegelberg Stadium.