Hidden Valley edges Phoenix in shootout
MURPHY — After the Phoenix boys soccer team controlled possession throughout regulation and in both 10-minute overtimes, Hidden Valley seized the reins in a shootout Thursday.
Frank Ramirez booted in the decisive goal that gave the Mustangs a 4-2 edge in the shootout and a 2-1 Skyline Conference victory over the Pirates at Hidden Valley High.
Seth Trader, who also connected on his attempt in the shootout, put Hidden Valley (3-2, 2-0 Sky) ahead 1-0 in the 33rd minute on an assist from freshman Jack Allen.
In the 54th minute, the Pirates’ Samuel Macias provided the equalizer after collecting a loose ball in the box and flipping in a left-footed shot from 14 yards out into the upper V of the far post.
Macias had an opportunity late in the contest to bring the Pirates (2-3, 1-1) all the way back after the Mustangs were penalized with a handball in the box. But Mustangs keeper Alex Thornhill, who had already made a handful of impressive saves, stopped Macias’ attempt and forced overtime.
“He’s just a real solid kid,” said Hidden Valley coach Rob Saunders of his sophomore keeper. “He’s starting to mature as a player and as a goalkeeper. He was real vocal and a leader to the defense. I just really have to hand it to him for the good job that he did.”
NORTH VALLEY 7, MAZAMA 1: At Merlin, Trinidad Flores poured in four goals and David McLittle added two more for North Valley, which captured its first Skyline triumph.
Flores scored in the 18th, 38th, 69th and 77th minutes. He nearly guided in a fifth but it was called an own goal by Mazama.
McLittle gave the Knights (3-3, 1-1 Skyline) his goals at the 50th- and 61st-minute marks.
Knights goalkeeper Sonny Edwards came through with six saves — one on a Vikings penalty kick.
HIDDEN VALLEY 5, PHOENIX 1: At Phoenix, Misha Hamblin scored Hidden Valley’s third and fourth goals as the Mustangs grabbed a 4-0 halftime lead and kept Phoenix winless.
The Pirates (0-5, 0-2 Skyline) got a goal from Alexis de la Torre, which she chipped in over the head of the Mustangs’ goalkeeper on an assist from Claudia Delgado.
Hamblin netted for the Mustangs (1-3-1, 1-1 Skyline) in the 19th and 23rd minutes.
MAZAMA 2, NORTH VALLEY 1: At Klamath Falls, Mazama’s Aspen Smith scored in the 75th minute to break a 1-1 deadlock and give the Vikings the Skyline victory.
Mazama’s Esther Garcia scored in the 22nd minute, but North Valley’s Rochelle Banta answered 10 minutes later.
The game was delayed for about a half hour midway through the second half due to the weather.