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St. Mary's tops Phoenix, sets up rematch to open district playoffs

Prep Soccer

TALENT ' St. Mary's youthful girls soccer team came through in a pressure-packed situation and advanced to the District 6 playoffs with a 4-2 victory over Phoenix Tuesday.

The Crusaders, needing a win to make the postseason, got goals from four different players and ended the regular season in fourth place at 7-7.

Phoenix is 6-8 and in fifth place. It visits St. Mary's Saturday to open the district playoffs. The game time has not been determined.

The Pirates tied Henley for fifth place but advance on the tiebreaker.

The Crusaders have only two seniors and one junior on their roster.

The game started out fairly slowly, said Crusaders coach Lia Kirkpatrick, but we picked it up at the end of the first half. At halftime, we told them winning teams have to come out in the second half and play harder than they did in the first and be consistent. They were able to do that, which is pretty significant for a young team. That says a lot about our the players.

— The victory was the Crusaders' second over the Pirates this season.

Emily Martinich put St. Mary's on the board in the eighth minute off an assist from Kayla Eichamer, and Phoenix tied it on Carlee Storey's unassisted goal four minutes later.

Shelsea Rawson passed to Megan Frankel in the 25th minute as the Crusaders took a 2-1 halftime lead.

St. Mary's, which had success sending the ball high and using its speed up front on breakaways, upped the lead to 4-1 before the Pirates' Marci Klimek tallied with a minute to play.

The Crusaders' second-half goals were by Hanna Heycke, on an assist by Vallerie Hollopeter, then by Rawson, who took a pass from her sister, Mia.

No matter what happens this season, said Kirkpatrick, this is a fantastic experience for them. It's a great building year for the program.

The Pirates outshot the Crusaders, 21-10.

Phoenix sophomore Terra Frye was lost for the season, said coach John Doty, when she aggravated a recurring a neck injury.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 6, MAZAMA 2 '

At Mazama, Cascade Christian rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat Mazama in the District 6 contest.

Katie O'Brien had three goals and one assist, while Sarah Brown finished with one goal and four assists for the Challengers (9-4 District 6).

Cascade Christian tied the game at 2-all after goals from Stephanie Cotta and Lindsey Blodgett before pulling away in the 37th minute, scoring three goals in a three-minute span.

Marcy Toro scored both goals for the Vikings (2-12 District 6).

HIDDEN VALLEY 6, ROGUE RIVER 0 ' At Rogue River, Denise Powell got Hidden Valley started with a bang, scoring in the second minute.

Powell made it 3-0 with goals in the eighth and 30th minutes.

Catherine Dole rounded out the first-half scoring at the 38th minute, and Jill Elder and Katie Towne added second-half goals.

Hidden Valley (13-1) hosts a state playoff game Nov. 8.

NORTH VALLEY 1, HENLEY 0 ' At Merlin, Karli Clark scored in the final minutes to lift North Valley in the conference game.

Clark tallied in the 77th minute after Alyssa Warren broke down the Hornets' defense to score the assist.

The Knights (12-2 District 6) finished with a 14-4 advantage in shots on goal and a 6-2 advantage in corner kicks.

Chelsea Hornbeck managed 13 saves to lead Henley (5-8 District 6).

Boys Skyline Conference

HENLEY 1, NORTH VALLEY 0 ' At Klamath Falls, Colton Hines scored an unassisted goal in the 13th minute to lift Henley over North Valley in the final regular-season match for both teams.

The Hornets tied Phoenix for second place in the Skyline Conference with a 9-3 record. The two teams will play a seeding game on Saturday to determine which goes to state as the No. 2 team and which goes as No. 3.

A coin flip today will determine the site.

HIDDEN VALLEY 12, ROGUE RIVER 0 '

At Murphy, Hidden Valley got three goals and five assists from Steve Shafer in completing an unbeaten Skyline Conference season.

The Mustangs (13-0, 12-0 Skyline) host a state playoff game Nov. 8.

Hidden Valley took a 6-0 halftime lead, then cruised against the Chieftains.

Joe Guevara added three goals, and Chris Chapman had two goals and four assists.

Other Mustang goals came from Tyler Stom, Ryan Phelan, Shay Campbell and Nate Supola.

MAZAMA 2, ILLINOIS VALLEY — '

At Cave Junction, Mazama scored two first-half goals en route to the Skyline Conference win.

William Putnam and Danny Baker each tallied goals for Mazama (2-10 Skyline).

Max Hoffman scored in the 24th minute, but it wasn't enough as IV dropped to 3-9 in conference play.

District — Boys

DISTRCT PLAYOFFS ' District co-champion Santiam Christian defeated Canyonville Christian 5-0.

On Monday, third-place Umpqua Valley Christian registered a 4-0 win over East Linn Christian.

Santiam Christian hosts Umpqua Valley Christian on Saturday, with the winner playing at St. Mary's on Tuesday for the No. — and 2 seeds into the state playoffs.