Iboa's four goals power Phoenix to 6-1 win
MERLIN — Phoenix boys soccer coach Dennis Flenner had a simple explanation for his team's scoring output in a 6-1 Skyline Conference victory over North Valley Saturday.
"Omar (Iboa) wanted his foot on everything," said Flenner.
Iboa, a senior striker, had four goals and an assist as the Pirates (5-3-1) improved to 4-2 in conference. They are in third place and host unbeaten Klamath Union at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Colver Road fields.
Phoenix managed only seven goals in its first six games, and Flenner addressed what he termed his "mediocre offense."
He moved Iboa from the midfield to forward, where he runs alongside sophomore Alex Vela. Since the move, the Pirates are 3-0 and have scored 12 goals.
"He found himself a new home and a new sidekick," said Flenner.
Iboa scored in the third, 15th, 35th and 54th minutes. Vela added a goal and two assists, and Robert Neeley scored on a penalty kick for Phoenix in the 68th minute.
Other Pirates with assists were Luis Hernandez and Junior Esqueda.
"He (Iboa) had a great day," said Flenner. "The more pressure they put on him, the more opportunities he developed."
Isaiah McLittle scored for North Valley (2-6-1, 1-5 Sky), corralling a loose ball and breaking away. He briefly pulled the Knights into a 1-1 tie in the 13th minute.
HIDDEN VALLEY 4, MAZAMA 3 — At Klamath Falls, Robin Klimczak had two goals and an assist as Hidden Valley (7-2, 5-1 Skyline) grabbed a 4-1 lead to bounce back from its second loss of the season.
Klimczak scored an unassisted goal in the first half and added another goal off a Thomas Fate assist only minutes into the second half.
Mazama fell to 4-5, 1-5 in league play.
KLAMATH UNION 4, HENLEY 0 — At Klamath Falls, Luis Serrato scored twice and Klamath Union added one goal apiece from Thomas Lund and Julio Barajas to remain undefeated.
The Pelicans (9-0, 6-0 Skyline) led 1-0 at halftime, with Hector Vargas securing the shutout in goal.
NORTH MEDFORD 4, CRATER 0 — At Central Point, Jesus Solorio and Bennie Torres each scored twice for North Medford in the SOH contest.
Solorio's goal were in the seventh and 35th minutes, both unassisted for the Black Tornado (8-3, 4-2 SOH). Torres was assisted by Leo Alonzo in the 42nd minute and on a corner kick by Bryan Carbonnell in the 62nd.
The Comets (0-10, 0-6 SOH) got outstanding play from goalkeeper Omar Mendez, who faced 25 shots. Freshman Chase Sullivan attempted several shots for Crater.
SOUTH MEDFORD 3, EAGLE POINT 0 — At Eagle Point, Adrian Calvillo had a goal and an assist and Uriel Cordoba added two assists to lead South Medford (7-1-3) to the nonleague rout.
Nick Healy opened up the scoring for the Panthers in the 18th minute, converting in the box after a nice pass from Calvillo. Greg Rapet made it 2-0 in the 47th minute, connecting from 25 yards out off a Cordoba assist.
Calvillo completed the scoring in the 50th off another assist by Cordoba.
The Eagles fell to 0-9-1.
ROSEBURG 2, ASHLAND 0 — At Roseburg, Brody Faas scored the only goal Roseburg would need when an Ashland goal kick deflected off him, providing a clear shot at the goal from 25 yards away in the 33rd minute of a nonleague match at Finlay Field.
Roseburg (5-4-1) added an insurance goal in the 63rd when Paul Hagen headed in Jacob Noland's 45-yard direct kick.
Ashland fell to 4-6-2.
CRESWELL 8, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0 — At Cave Junction, Illinois Valley dropped to 4-4-1 overall after suffering its first District 3 loss in four contests.
Creswell (5-3-1, 4-0 Dist. 3) used goals in the 38th and 39th minutes to take a 3-0 lead at intermission.