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Hornets blank Pirates in Skyline boys soccer

Prep Soccer

KLAMATH FALLS ' Phoenix fell behind early and never got its offense in gear as Henley pinned a 3-0 loss on the Pirates in Skyline Conference boys soccer Saturday.

Henley was up to the task, Phoenix coach Dennis Flenner said. They closed the door on us. We played a very lackadaisical, sloppy first half.

Henley scored the only goal it would need in the 10th minute when Jeff Salvati beat Pirates junior goalie Francisco Padillo from close in.

Cisco (Padillo) didn't have a chance, said Flenner. It was a pretty nice shot.

Once we got behind we started to wake up and got aggressive, added Flenner.

But a defensive mistake with just two minutes remaining in the opening period led to a Hornet 2-0 lead on a Phoenix own goal. The Pirates tried to one-touch a clearing shot near the net but deflected the ball into their goal.

— We made a complete adjustment in the second half, said Flenner. We decided we needed to get the ball to a couple of individuals who hadn't been touching it.

Despite the changes, Henley added to the lead when a ball got through the Pirates' defense and sophomore Nick Zamudio scored at the 50th minute from 12 yards out inside the far post.

Padillo made a block on a Hornet penalty kick two minutes later and made a save off the rebound to keep the Pirates' hopes alive.

At the 60th minute, Phoenix (8-4, 7-3 Skyline) missed a chance to cut into the deficit when Kyle McKinnis hit the post on a penalty kick.

Flenner had praise for Padillo's job in net along with midfielders Albaro Gonzalez and Luke Nicodemus.

We had a number of opportunities, but couldn't finish, said Flenner. If you don't put the ball into the net, you can't win.

ILLINOIS VALLEY 5, ROGUE RIVER 2 ' At Cave Junction, Venezuelan foreign exchange student Andres Mendoza scored four goals for Illinois Valley (6-3 Skyline).

Shane Robbins gave Rogue River (1-8 Skyline) a 1-0 lead in the seventh minute.

Goals by Jessea Mucha and Mendoza sent the Cougars into halftime with a 2-1 advantage.

The Chieftains tied the match 2-2 seven minutes into the second half on Tim Perston's header off a corner kick.

Then Mendoza scored the next three goals, two off assists from Max Hoffman.

HIDDEN VALLEY 10, MAZAMA 0 '

At Klamath Falls, Steve Shafer registered a hat trick as fifth-ranked Hidden Valley (11-0, 10-0 Skyline) clinched the Skyline Conference title with the win.

Shafer posted his third three-goal performance in the last five games. Cory Dean added two goals for the Mustangs.

District 6 Girls

NORTH VALLEY 4, ST. MARY'S 0 '

At Merlin, Emily Chirnside had one goal and one assist and Kayla Wilhelm, Sam Arteaga and Karli Clark added goals for North Valley in the shutout victory.

The Knights held a 16-3 advantage in shots as they padded their District 6 record to 10-1.

HIDDEN VALLEY 6, MAZAMA — ' At Murphy, the sophomore tandem of Denise Powell and Ashley Seal led Hidden Valley in the District 6 contest.

Powell notched two goals, the first inside the 25th minute to give the Mustangs a 3-0 lead at the break, and another in the 64th minute.

Seal, who scored four minutes into the second half, also had two assists for Hidden Valley (10-1 District 6).

Kayla Flick had one goal and one assist, while Emily Misner and Bonnie Roselle each tallied for the Mustangs.

HENLEY 2, PHOENIX 0 ' At Talent, Ashley Evans and Jenna Matchett each had one goal and one assist to lead Henley in District 6 play.

Evans scored in the 11th minute with an assist from Matchett, giving Henley a 1-0 halftime lead.

Evans then returned the favor with 13 minutes to play, enabling Matchett to finish off the Pirates.

Phoenix (6-5 District 6) was unable to take advantage of its 21-9 edge in shots.

District — Boys

ST. MARY'S 3, EAST LINN CHRISTIAN — '

At Lebanon, St. Mary's scored three goals within seven minutes to remain undefeated in District — play.

Austin Grant scored in the 49th minute from a Dash Hillgartner throw-in, to tie the game at 1-all.

Two minutes later, Juan Ramirez allotted St. Mary's (8-0 District 3) the go-ahead goal from a Max Miller pass.

Hillgartner then capped the scoring surge in the 54th minute, taking a Martin Nelson pass through two defenders and the East Linn goalkeeper.