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Mustangs use early surge to topple Challengers

Cascade Christian started a bit tentative, while Hidden Valley's Denise Powell came out on fire in a key District 6 girls soccer match Saturday.

Powell, a sophomore forward, scored three of league-leading Hidden Valley's four first-half goals en route to a 4-1 victory over the Challengers at Fichtner-Mainwaring Park.

(Powell) was always in the right spot, Hidden Valley coach Gary Elledge said. She was able to get loose a little bit and pursued the ball well.

Powell gave the sixth-ranked Mustangs (8-1 Dist. 6) an early lead when she converted on a free ball near the goal.

At the eighth minute, Jill Elder heeled in a corner kick by Kayla Flick to increase the Mustangs' lead to 2-0.

— Powell volleyed in a corner kick by Emily Misner at the 28th minute, then completed the Mustangs' scoring 10 minutes later off a pass from freshman Ellie Misner.

We were under pressure throughout the game, said Cascade Christian coach Craig Warren, whose team fell to 6-3 in District 6. Hidden Valley was going to the ball much better than us. Our defenders seemed intimidated by their speed.

Cascade scored at the 69th minute after Katie O'Brien was taken down in the box and was awarded a penalty kick. O'Brien's low penalty kick to the right side was deflected by Mustangs goalkeeper Melissa Henner, but O'Brien alertly put in the rebound.

We mixed up our lineup in the second half, said Elledge. We didn't hold back. We still played aggressive soccer.

Hidden Valley finished with a 16-8 advantage in shots and had eight corner kicks.

We're really pulling together as a team, said Elledge. The girls are trusting each other and stepping up and getting it done.

PHOENIX 8, MAZAMA 0 ' At Klamath Falls, Marci Klimek scored a hat trick in the second half of Phoenix's District 6 rout.

Klimek missed the first half because she was taking the SAT exam, but exploded over the final 40 minutes to help the Pirates (6-3 Dist. 6) run away from a 3-0 halftime lead.

Chelsea Passante and Carlee Storey each had first-half scores for Phoenix, which also received an own goal by the Vikings, while Alex Hanscom and Ema Burr tallied in the second half.

Phoenix, which moved into a third-place tie with Cascade Christian, held a 29-13 advantage in shots on goal.

HENLEY 1, ST. MARY'S 0 ' At Klamath Falls, Brianna Otero's first-half goal gave Henley all it needed to edge St. Mary's in District 6 play.

Otero's unassisted goal came in the 10th minute and Henley's defense held the Crusaders in check the rest of the way.

St. Mary's (4-5) outshot Henley 10-6.

NORTH VALLEY 5, ROGUE RIVER 0 ' At Rogue River, Karli Clark and Kayla Wilhelm scored two goals apiece in a game that ended with 12 minutes to play because of a leg injury to Rogue River's Shawna Turner, who collided with a North Valley player going for the ball.

Clark provided the Knights (8-1 Dist. 6) with a 2-0 halftime lead on a breakaway goal in the 10th minute and a score at the 27th minute off an assist from Taylor Vandehey.

Wilhelm added to the North Valley margin on a breakaway two minutes into the second half and scored again three minutes later.

Raquel Robles completed the scoring on a through pass from Emily Chirnside.

Skyline Conference Boys

PHOENIX 8, MAZAMA 0 ' At Phoenix, Kyle McKinnis knocked in three goals to lead eighth-ranked Phoenix to a Skyline Conference victory.

McKinnis scored his third goal off a header in the 65th minute on a corner kick from Albaro Gonzalez, who assisted three times in the game.

Kazuki Nakamori also compiled three assists and scored a goal and Julio Uribe scored a goal and recorded two assists for the Pirates (8-2, 7-1 Skyline).

HIDDEN VALLEY 7, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0 ' At Murphy, Steve Shafer completed a hat trick by scoring his final two goals in a two minute span toward the end of the match to help fifth-ranked Hidden Valley roll to a Skyline Conference victory.

The Mustangs controlled the field most of the game and denied Illinois Valley many shot opportunities.

Chris Chapman scored a goal and tallied two assists for the Mustangs (9-0, 8-0 Skyline).

NORTH VALLEY 5, ROGUE RIVER — ' At Merlin, North Valley played an excellent defensive game led by goalkeeper Chad Mathews' 10 saves to claim the Skyline Conference victory.

Victor Fierres scored first for the Knights (5-4, 5-3 Skyline) in a game where five different players recorded a goal and Rogue River's Adam Fuller scored his team's lone goal.

District — Boys

ST. MARY'S 9, GLIDE 0 ' At Glide, St. Mary's inflicted most of its damage in the second half with seven goals to cruise past Glide in the District — match.

Austin Grant scored quickly for St. Mary's with a goal in the second minute on a pass from Dash Hilgartner.

The Crusaders' Sam Moore scored in the 39th minute and the 56th minute and tallied two assists.

Martin Nelson scored off a corner kick from Juan Ramerez, then Nelson returned the favor by assisting on Ramerez's goal off a corner kick one minute later for the Crusaders (9-1, 6-0 Dist. 3).