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North Valley nails down District 6 crown

MERLIN ' North Valley was prepared this time.

The District 6-leading Knights needed a victory over rival Hidden Valley to claim the girls soccer league title outright Saturday and retain the No. — seed to state.

Freshman Emily Chirnside had a role in two second-half goals as North Valley came away with a 2-0 victory at Knight Stadium.

Hidden Valley had handed North Valley its only loss.

We were focused because we wanted to avenge that loss, Knights coach Joseph Nichwander said. We were a little more aggressive on the ball. We controlled the game and definitely had a lot more shots than they did.

— North Valley (13-1 Dist. 6) broke a scoreless tie at the 53rd minute when Kayla Wilhelm volleyed in Chirnside's corner kick from close range.

Chirnside scored an unassisted insurance goal 11 minutes later from 25 yards out.

(Chirnside) took a well-placed shot, said Nichwander. Their keeper (Melissa Henner) tried to dive for it but slipped on the muddy field.

Nichwander credited Henner with making some outstanding saves on several breakaways.

Nichwander said the Knights executed their strategy effectively.

We mixed it up both up the middle and on the sides, said Nichwander. We have two outstanding flanks, and that's what we cashed in on. We were knocking on the door. It was just a matter of time.

North Valley freshman goalie Chelsea Giessen got the shutout with defensive help from Megan Suess, Felisia Chavez, Claire Willing and Jillian Chavez.

PHOENIX 3, HENLEY 0 ' At Klamath Falls, Jaclyn Unruh recorded a school-record and league-leading ninth shutout as Phoenix nailed down third place in District 6.

Unruh, No. 2 in the league in goals-against average, helped keep it scoreless through the first half.

Marci Klimek played a part in Phoenix's first two goals, scoring in the 47th minute on a follow shot that keeper Chelsea Hornbeck couldn't handle. Klimek then hit a chip shot across the goal mouth that freshman midfielder Terra Fry finished in the 66th minute.

In the 70th minute, Tamara Heryford, a center defensive back, hit a 30-yarder that deflected off a Henley player and into the net.

Defender Jordan Ceremony and midfielder Alex Hanscom had strong games for Phoenix, which will host a playoff game next Saturday against either Cascade Christian or Henley.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 3, ST. MARY'S 0 ' Natasha Gerig and Whitney Winters each scored a goal as Cascade Christian beat St. Mary's at Spiegelberg Stadium to sew up the No. 4 seed in District 6.

The Challengers (8-6) host Henley, the league's No. 5 team, on Tuesday at Fichtner-Mainwaring Park. St. Mary's finishes the season 6-8.

Gerig and Winters provided Cascade Christian a 2-0 lead at the half and the Crusaders helped the Challengers' cause with an own goal in the second half.

MAZAMA 1, ROGUE RIVER 0, Shootout '

At Klamath Falls, Mazama finally broke through for its first win of the District 6 campaign in its regular-season finale.

After scoreless regulation and overtime sessions, Anna Gonzales, Marcy Toro and Sara Sheets scored during the shootout to lift the Vikings over Rogue River, which also finished the season with a 1-13 record.

Skyline Conference Boys

PHOENIX 2, HENLEY 0 ' At Klamath Falls, the Phoenix boys completed an undefeated season, scoring twice in the second half to finish 12-0 in the Skyline Conference.

The Pirates clinched their fourth straight conference title earlier in the week.

Jaime Escobedo scored Phoenix's first goal on a penalty kick, and Kyle McKinnis followed up with a solo effort, beating a number of Hornet players before taking the keeper one-on-one.

HIDDEN VALLEY 7, MAZAMA 2 ' At Murphy, Wesley Wagner and Joe Guevara each scored one goal in both halves for Hidden Valley.

The Mustangs grabbed a 5-1 halftime lead.

Other first-half goals by the Mustangs came from Kyle Lumsden, Chris Chapman and Steven Shafer.

Junior stopper Nabeil Mustafa sparked the Hidden Valley defense.

District — Boys

ST. MARY'S 7, GLIDE — ' Josh Jones and Duncan MacDiarmid each turned in hat tricks as St. Mary's completed its regular season with a rout of Glide at Spiegelberg Stadium.

The Crusaders (12-1, 7-1 Dist. 3) scored six goals in two four-minute spurts. Josh Jones started the scoring with a goal in the 13th minute, followed by a pair of MacDiarmid goals.

In the second half, Max Miller assisted on goals in the 43rd and 46th minutes to Jones and Austin Grant, respectively, and MacDiarmid capped the run with a goal from Jones. Dash Hillgartner had an assist for the Crusaders.

St. Mary's is idle until a Nov. 2 playoff seeding game with Santiam Christian.