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Mustangs rally, beat Pirates in shootout

MURPHY — The Phoenix boys soccer team raced out to an early lead, but couldn't hang on late against Hidden Valley in a physical Skyline Conference match on Wednesday.

The Mustangs, who trailed by two goals at halftime, rallied to send the contest into overtime and then knocked in four goals during a penalty shootout en route to a 3-2 victory.

In the shootout, Alan Rojas, Ian Hernandez, Robin Klimczak and Thomas Fate launched in Hidden Valley's scores. The Pirates found the back of the net once in the OT session: Jose Flores scored after Phoenix missed its first two attempts.

Fate's goal sealed the winning deal.

Alex Vela scored from about 20 yards out around the 10th minute and Omar Iboa netted a goal from about 19 yards away in the 21st minute for the Pirates (2-3-1, 1-2 Skyline).

"At one point it looked like we were comfortably in control, and then we found out we had a match," Phoenix head coach Dennis Flenner said.

The Mustangs (5-1, 3-0 Skyline) answered with second-half goals by Fate (59th minute) and Sean Murphy (70th minute), both coming on corner kicks by Hernandez.

Central midfielder Junior Esqueda, a senior, led the Pirates' defense.

ROGUE RIVER 2, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0 — At Rogue River, Micaila Miguel knocked in the game-winning goal in the seventh minute and Allison Coulter netted some insurance for the Chieftains with a score one minute later in District 4 play.

Miguel, playing up at the forward for the first time this season, cashed in on a corner kick from Allison Coulter. In the eighth minute, Allison Coulter scored on a Kristen Cutting assist for Rogue River (3-3, 1-1 Dist. 4).

Goalkeeper Brittany Coulter made six saves, including two daring stops, against Illinois Valley (1-4, 0-2 Dist. 4).

CASCADE CHRISTIAN JV 3, BUTTE FALLS 2 — At Butte Falls, the Cascade Christian junior varsity team pulled out a 12-25, 25-14, 15-25, 27-25, 15-13 victory over Butte Falls in nonconference play.

Mariah Moore had 18 kills and Tamika Funk added 11 kills for Butte Falls (7-5).

STAR CITY CLASSIC — At Salem, the Crater cross country squads dominated in the Star City Classic two-mile run, capturing team titles at Bush Park.

On the boys side, Daniel Stober won (10:14), Jon Obeso was second (10:16), Neil Seibert third (10:22) and Piers Rasmussen fourth (10:27) in the 129-athlete race.

John Martinez came in seventh (10:40) and Brently Strum 10th (10:56) for the Comets, who finished with 17 points. Roseburg earned second (50) and Molalla third (107) in the 11-school competition.

On the girls side, Sarah Hastings claimed first place (11:42), Gracie Tostenson second (11:43), Britney Wimberly fifth (12:17), Jasmyn Andrews sixth (12:28), Megan Hastings seventh (12:29) and Shelby Owen 10th (12:51) out of 138 runners.

Crater was first in the six-team girls field with 21 points, followed by South Salem (48) and Cascade (92).