Undefeated Pirates clinch league title
Phoenix — Dennis Flenner breathed a sigh of relief after his Phoenix club won yet another league championship.
This year the top-ranked Pirates claimed the Skyline League with an 8-0 record (13-0 overall) after beating Hidden Valley 2-0 on Saturday.
Jalisco Macias and Luis Hernandez each scored for the Pirates, who outshot the Mustangs, 18-2. Daniel Katyama and Omar Iboa both had an assist.
It is the eighth league title during Flenner's 15 seasons with the program.
"They're kinda like bananas — they come in bunches," said Flenner, whose squads also won in 1995, 1999, 2001-04 and last season.
Just as impressive is a streak of 12 consecutive shutouts posted by goalkeeper Carlos Mena and the Pirates.
"It really feels great because we had to focus on trying to have a number of shutouts," Flenner said. "That is nice because the pressure is on us every match.
"It's a nice relief to get this behind us and get to the playoffs."
Phoenix has a first-round bye in the Class 4A state playoffs before hosting a second-round game on Nov. 10.
"I'm not real happy about that, but that's ok," Flenner said. "We're gonna work hard. We're forgetting what's behind us."
But some memories aren't easily erased.
After claiming the co-championship of the league with Henley last year, the Pirates were defeated in a home playoff game in the second round of the state playoffs.
"We're just anxious to get back," Flenner said.
HENLEY 6, ILLINOIS VALLEY 1 — At Klamath Falls, Henley's Travis Mortenson, Weston Gastaldi, Juan Romero and Ryan Conley all scored a goal.
Illinois Valley's only goal of the game came off a corner kick in the 28th minute.
Henley finished league play in second place with a 6-2 conference record and play Far West League champion Brookings-Harbor in the state playoffs on Tuesday.
ROSEBURG 2, SOUTH MEDFORD 1 — Matt Ungerman scored the game-winning goal in the 75th minute for Roseburg in a league finale.
Teammate Josh Malone gave the Indians an early 1-0 lead with a goal on a penalty kick in the 55th.
South Medford's Kory Kellum tied the game in the 65th on an assist by Jaime Ibarra. The Panthers (9-5, 6-4 SWC) play at Centennial next Saturday in the first round of the Class 6A state playoffs.
SHELDON 4, NORTH MEDFORD 0 — At Eugene, host Sheldon scored all four goals in the first half for the win.
Joe Mendoza received his first varsity start and made four saves for North Medford.
GRANTS PASS 2, SOUTH EUGENE 1 — At Grants Pass, Chris Krause scored twice as Grants Pass handed South Eugene its first loss in Southwest Conference play.
The Cavemen (5-6-1, 4-6 SWC) finished the regular season in fourth place. They visit Clackamas, the No. 2 Three Rivers League team, next Saturday.
The Axemen (8-1-1 SWC) had sealed the SWC's No. 1 seed to state.
Colton Huber put South Eugene on top in the fifth minute. Krause then struck in the 12th on a header off a throw-in by Russell Wilcox and in the 15th on an assist from Taylor Griggs.
The Cavemen got outstanding defense from Wilcox, Brady Jerin and Jeremy Woodruff.
Southern Sky Conference
CRATER 3, EAGLE POINT 0 — At Eagle Point, Matt Crowl, Emmanuel Estrada and Ben Purtzer each scored for visiting Crater.
Purtzer who is also Crater's goalkeeper, recorded his fifth goal of the season by converting a penalty kick.
ST. MARY'S 8, HOSANNA CHRISTIAN 0 — At Klamath Falls, Davis Darnall scored a pair of goals and Reid Arne added one goal and three assists for visiting St. Mary's.
Jesus Aruno, Lou Arne, Harrison Leep, Garrett Coughlin and Jeff Reeder also scored for the Crusaders, who wrapped up the third seed in the District 3 league playoffs at 11-3.
St. Mary's will host the winner of Monday's league playoff game between Canyonville Christian and Rogue River next Wednesday.
UMPQUA VALLEY CHRISTIAN 2, ROGUE RIVER 0 — At Rogue River, Jacob Brint and Mitchell Graham each scored for visiting Umpqua Valley Christian.
Rogue River finished fifth in District 3 at 5-9. The Chieftains (5-9) will play at fourth-seed Canyonville Christian on Monday in a league playoff.