Macias boosts Pirates to win over KU
TALENT — Coming off a big win over top-ranked Henley, Sam Macias and the Phoenix boys soccer team kept the momentum Thursday at Colver Field.
Macias played a role in all three Pirate goals and Phoenix came away with a 3-1 Skyline Conference win over Klamath Union.
Macias tallied two goals in the second half — the first in the 54th minute on a cross from Joel Mereida-Ford and again in the 73rd on a setup from Rosendo Flores.
Avery Gollnick took advantage of Macias’ well-placed corner kick and scored in the fourth minute to put some early pressure on the Pelicans (5-4-1, 2-4 Sky).
In the 39th minute, the Pelicans had an opportunity to knot the score 1-all on a penalty kick, but goalkeeper Javier Castrejon stopped the free shot with a dive to the left.
The Pelicans finally broke through in the 60th minute on a 25-yard free kick by Nick Bacchetti.
Phoenix (6-3, 5-1) held a 15-6 shot advantage and a 4-3 edge on corner kicks.
HENLEY 4, NORTH VALLEY 0: At Merlin, Henley rebounded from its first loss of the season with the lopsided win.
North Valley sophomore midfielder Asa Kantola and freshman striker Colton Lauby played well for the Knights (5-5, 3-3 Skyline).
The Hornets (8-1, 5-1 Skyline) led 3-0 at halftime.
HIDDEN VALLEY 6, MAZAMA 2: At Murphy, Kyle Millette and Abe Martinez scored two goals apiece to help Hidden Valley grab a 5-0 halftime lead.
Owen Stevens also scored in the first half and Drake Arthur gave the Mustangs (4-5, 3-3 Skyline) their lone second-half goal with a header off a corner kick from Seth Trader to make it 6-0.
Mustangs goalkeeper Alex Thornhill made three saves.
GRANT 4, NORTH MEDFORD 0: At Portland, North Medford couldn’t rise to the occasion against one of the state’s best teams in a nonconference contest.
The Black Tornado (5-5-1) received outstanding play from senior sweeper Carter Ehlers, who was able to shut down a couple of Grant’s fastest players.
NORTH EUGENE 3, CRATER 0: At Eugene, North Eugene scored all of its goals in the first half of the MWL contest.
The Comets (1-8, 0-3 MWL) were dealt a red card early in the second half and played the rest of the match down a player.
Chase Bitterling was busy in goal for the Comets with eight saves.
NORTH EUGENE 9, CRATER 1: At Eugene, Crater was unable to keep pace with the high-octane attack of North Eugene (6-3-1, 1-1 MWL), as the Highlanders increased their total goals on the season to 38 through 10 games.
Mckenzie Schars scored the lone goal for Crater (4-6, 1-2) in the 60th minute.
HENLEY 1, NORTH VALLEY 0, SO: At Klamath Falls, North Valley took Skyline co-leader Henley to the limit until the host Hornets won a shootout, 6-5 in seven rounds.
After a scoreless 100 minutes of regulation and overtime, in which center defenders Rochelle Banta and Isabella Schrader shined for the Knights, both teams made four of their first five PKs in the shootout. Each was good on No. 6, but Henley got No. 7 for the win.
North Valley (3-7, 2-4 Sky) had lost 4-0 to Henley earlier.
MAZAMA 2, HIDDEN VALLEY 0: At Klamath Falls, Mazama freshman Aspen Smith started the match with solid play and a goal in the 15th minute of the Skyline matchup.
Fellow freshman Landy Williams scored the other goal for the Vikings in the Vikings (7-2, 5-1) in the 53rd minute. Hidden Valley dropped to 1-7-1 and 1-5.