Pirates win, set up title shot with Henley
TALENT — Phoenix took care of business with a 5-0 Skyline Conference boys soccer triumph over Mazama Tuesday.
Now comes the biggie.
The Pirates (9-3, 8-1 Sky) close out the regular season with a game at Henley Thursday that will decide the conference champion. The Hornets are also 8-1 in league — their lone loss coming in a shootout at Phoenix, 1-0, on Oct. 6. Henley is 11-1 overall and No. 1 in the OSAA power rankings; the Pirates are eighth.
Against Mazama, Jose Ascencion scored twice for Phoenix, in the second minute on a header and in 40th minute with an assist from Sam Macias.
The Pirates led 4-0 at halftime, also getting first-half goals from Eric Lopez in the 11th minute from 22 yards out on an assist from Joel Mereida-Ford and from Edgar Valdovinos from the same distance in the 22nd minute, the assist going to Rosendo Flores.
Avery Gollnick tallied in the 45th minute, with Mereida-Ford registering his second assist.
HENLEY 4, HIDDEN VALLEY 1: At Murphy, Hidden Valley was unable to hold on in the second half where Henley chipped in three goals.
The Mustangs’ Jose Martinez collected a rebound off of a shot from Abe Martinez and kicked it in to even the score at 1-all midway through the first half, which is where the score stood at intermission.
Despite Henley’s second-half flurry, defender Rigel Bloom provided a bright spot for the Mustangs (4-5, 5-7 Sky).
NORTH VALLEY 5, KLAMATH UNION 1: At Merlin, David McLittle had a hat trick in the second half as North Valley scored all its goals after intermission.
With the Pelicans (5-7-1, 2-7 Skyline) ahead 1-0 at halftime, McLittle squared it up at 1-all three minutes into the second half on a penalty kick. McLittle rounded out his afternoon with unassisted scores in the 62nd and 66th minutes.
Brandon Rogers and Trinidad Flores each tallied for the Knights (7-6, 5-4 Sky).
KLAMATH UNION 1, NORTH VALLEY 0: At Merlin, North Valley and Klamath Union slugged it out in a defensive tussel until the Pelicans’ Tia Thompson broke through in the 70th minute to snare the Skyline victory.
Thompson scored on an assist from Marissa Kesler for the Pelicans (8-5, 6-3 Sky).
The Knights (5-8, 4-5 Sky) received four saves from goalkeeper Cassandra Wessels.
HENLEY 6, HIDDEN VALLEY 0: At Klamath Falls, six players scored for Henley en route to the Skyline win over Hidden Valley (3-7-1, 3-5 Sky).
Mia Groff and Heidi Mueller both had a goal and an assist for the Hornets (8-4, 8-1 Sky).