Henner's the hero as Hidden Valley dumps Knights
MURPHY ' Goalkeeper Melissa Henner guessed right and Hidden Valley went home a winner.
Henner stopped North Valley's final attempt in a shootout as the Mustangs sealed a 2-1 victory in a crucial District 6 girls soccer game on Tuesday. The two teams entered the game tied for the league lead.
Bonnie Roselle gave Hidden Valley (11-1 Dist. 6) a one-shot edge when she converted her kick to set up Henner's heroics.
Mustang coach Gary Elledge, however, didn't think Henner's final stop had much to do with guessing.
Melissa has got as good of instincts as any goalie in the state, said the coach. Her reaction is just incredible. You could call it a guess but she practices that all the time and is able to see what (the shooter) is doing.
The shot was right on frame, too.
— Ashley Seal gave Hidden Valley a 1-0 lead in the third minute on a header flick off an assist from Bailey Southern.
North Valley (10-2 Dist. 6) scored the equalizer in the 32nd when Cynthia Chase deposited a Karli Clark pass into goal.
The Mustangs held a slim advantage in shots on goal (17-16) and corner kicks (2-1).
It was really a defensive contest, said Elledge. It was all heart by both teams. I don't think after playing 100 minutes and then having a shootout that they can have any energy walking off the field. Both teams have to be physically and emotionally washed out.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 3, PHOENIX 0 ' Sarah Brown scored on a pair of breakaway goals and Sarah Thacker added a third tally as Cascade Christian eased past injury-riddled Phoenix at Fichtner-Mainwaring Park.
Thacker broke the scoring ice in the 16th minute when she blasted a shot into the net from 18 yards out. Brown took a pass from Katie O'Brien and scored her first breakaway in the 33rd minute to give the Challengers (7-4 Dist. 6) a 2-0- halftime lead.
Brown's final goal came in the 65th minute following a throw-in.
Phoenix (6-6 Dist. 6) ' already without several starters ' lost fullbacks Jordan Ceremony (foot) and Ashley Watkins (knee) with injuries during the match.
The Pirates outshot Cascade Christian in the second half and had a 10-0 advantage in corner kicks.
Senior keeper Katy Stieglitz registered the shutout.
ST. MARY'S 3, MAZAMA 2 '
At Klamath Falls, St. Mary's used a late goal from Shelsea Rawson and a 4-1 edge in penalty kicks to earn the Skyline victory.
Nikki Steinsiek gave St. Mary's an early lead, but Mazama countered with goals from Anna Gonzales and JJ Moland.
Rawson's goal with three minutes remaining tied the game at 2-all, but neither team was able to take control in overtime.
The two teams then turned to penalty kicks, with Whitney Adderson, Kelsey Gross, Caitlin Carini and Kayla Eichamer each converting for the Crusaders (6-6 Dist. 6).
Skyline Conference Boys
HIDDEN VALLEY 2, NORTH VALLEY 0 '
At Merlin, Hidden Valley scored two goals in a two- minute span, continuing its undefeated season.
The Mustangs (11-0 Skyline) broke the scoreless tie in the 61st minute when Tyler Nelson netted a corner kick by Shay Campbell.
Hidden Valley then tallied a minute later, when Chris Chapman took the ensuing kickoff through three defenders and nailed a line-drive shot from 40 yards out.
Chad Mathews stopped nine shot attempts while minding the net for Illinois Valley (6-5 Skyline).
PHOENIX 4, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0 '
At Talent, Dusty Wiltrout assisted on Phoenix's first three goals, lifting the Pirates to the Skyline Conference victory.
Wiltrout helped Phoenix (8-3 Skyline) to a 2-0 halftime lead, assisting to Albaro Gonzalez in the 16th minute and Kazuki Nakamori 10 minutes later.
Wiltrout then struck again in the second half, enabling Kyle McKinnis to tally from 12 yards out.
Julio Uribe added an unassisted goal for Phoenix, who held a decided advantage in shots (19-4) and corner kicks (7-1).
HENLEY 9, ROGUE RIVER 0 ' At Rogue River, Henley scored five goals in the second half to pad its already healthy 4-0 advantage in the Skyline Conference game.
The Hornets improved to 7-3. Rogue River fell to 1-9.
District — Boys
ST. MARY'S 6, CANYONVILLE CHRISTIAN — '
At Glide, Austin Grant and Dash Hillgartner combined to score five goals, helping St. Mary's to remain undefeated in District — action.
Grant tallied three goals ' two in the first half ' and Hillgartner added two goals and an assist for the Crusaders (9-0 District 3).
St. Mary's, which held a 23-2 edge in shots, also received a goal from Seth Hill and two assists from Sam Moore.