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Hidden Valley tightens hold on first place

Prep Soccer

MURPHY ' Hidden Valley put a stranglehold on the Skyline Conference championship with a 4-0 boys soccer victory over Phoenix on Tuesday.

The Mustangs (10-0, 9-0 Skyline), who upped their lead to two games with three to play over second-place Phoenix, scored a pair of goals in each half and held a 16-7 advantage in shots on goal.

This one was huge, said Hidden Valley coach Tim Hannah, whose team snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Pirates with a 2-0 victory three weeks ago. We talked about the importance of this game last night and how everything we'd done up to this point would be a bit unsatisfying without this win.

Steve Shafer opened the scoring in the ninth minute with a goal assisted by Chris Chapman.

Joe Guevara increased the lead to 2-0 at the half with a left-footed blast on an assist by Tyler Stom in the 20th.

In the second half, Tyler Nelson connected from 40 yards out on a direct kick in the 65th minute, and Stom tacked on the final score in the 67th off a feed from Tyler Kappen.

— This has really been a great rivalry with Phoenix for the last four or five years, said Hannah. This win today helps give us an inside track to the No. — seed and, more importantly, proves that these guys can beat a team as good as Phoenix.

NORTH VALLEY 2, ILLINOIS VALLEY — ' At Merlin, sophomore striker Chris Campbell thumped two goals and Chase Murphy and Lincoln Andreas-Beck had one assist each as North Valley (6-4, 6-3 Skyline) edged Illinois Valley.

Campbell's goal with four minutes remaining in the match broke a 1-1 tie.

Jesse Mucha tallied Illinois Valley's (2-6 Skyline) goal in the 60th minute.

HENLEY 8, MAZAMA 0 ' At Klamath Falls, Henley improved to 5-3 in the Skyline Conference with the rout. Mazama dropped to 0-10.

Girls District 6

HIDDEN VALLEY 4, PHOENIX — ' At Talent, Denise Powell registered two goals and one assist as Hidden Valley beat Phoenix and remained tied for first place in District 6.

Jill Elder and Ellie Misner also had goals, and Elder added an assist for the Mustangs, who ran their District 6 record to 9-1.

Elder broke the scoring ice in the 10th minute on a breakaway. Four minutes later, Powell smashed home a rebound shot off her own miss.

Phoenix (6-4 Dist. 6) pulled within 2-1 on a goal by Marci Klimek in the 30th minute, but 16 seconds into the second half Powell blasted home a goal from 20 yards out to give Hidden Valley a 3-1 lead.

Misner's unassisted goal came in the 58th minute.

Hidden Valley led in shots, 22-5.


St. Mary's received two goals late in the first half en route to the District 6 victory.

Kelsey Gross scored from 20 yards out in the 35th minute. It was followed by Whitney Adderson's breakaway goal just before the half.

St. Mary's (5-5 Dist. 6) added another goal in the second half when Alyx Irvine scored between two defenders.

The Crusaders' Emily Multari tallied five saves while minding the net in the second half.

Rachael Merrill notched the Chieftains' lone goal in the 65th minute.

NORTH VALLEY 3, CASCADE CHRISTIAN — ' Cascade Christian (6-4 Dist. 6) led 1-0 at halftime on Katie O'Brien's goal at the sixth minute at Fichtner-Mainwaring Park, but league co-leader North Valley stormed back.

North Valley (9-1 Dist. 6) tied the game a minute into the second half on Taylor Vandehey's chip shot over the head of Challenger goalie Katie Stieglitz. The Knights' Kayla Wilhelm made it 2-1 at the 59th minute, and Karli Clark completed the scoring for the Knights.

O'Brien scored when a direct kick by Sarah Brown from 35 yards out hit the crossbar and O'Brien won a scramble in front of the net.

HENLEY 1, MAZAMA 0, OT ' At Klamath Falls, Lisel Frazier's overtime goal lifted Henley over cross-town rival Mazama.

Boys District 3

ST. MARY'S 5, UMPQUA VALLEY CHRISTIAN 2 ' Dash Hillgartner scored two first-half goals as host St. Mary's remained undefeated in District — competition.

Hillgartner, a junior, netted goals in the sixth and 20th minutes and later assisted to Jae Sim, helping the Crusaders to a 5-1 lead at the break.

Austin Grant tallied a goal and an assist, and Max Miller also added a score for St. Mary's (10-1, 7-0 Dist. 3).