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Phoenix ends 75-match league drought

PHOENIX — Phoenix coach Stephanie Vandenbusch appropriately characterized the Pirate girls soccer victory Monday.

“It was a very big win for us,” she said.


The Pirates ended a drought of 75 league games without a victory when they defeated Klamath Union, 2-1, in Skyline Conference action at Colver Field.

Phoenix’s last league win had been on Oct. 27, 2009, when it downed Illinois Valley, 9-0, in its next-to-last match.

The Pirates dropped their season finale that year, then went 0-10 for six seasons before recording two ties and eight losses last year.

Phoenix was 0-4 in league and 2-5 overall entering Monday’s game against the Pelicans (1-4-1, 1-3-1).

“It was a total team win,” said Vandenbusch.

Lupita Alegria put the Pirates on the board first with a penalty kick in the 20th minute.

Alex Hernandez made it 2-0 10 minutes later.

Klamath Union got within 2-1 five minutes into the second half, but that was the last of the scoring.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 8, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0: At Cave Junction, Brighton Plankenhorn went on a scoring spree in the second half, posting a hat trick over a four-minute span to power Cascade Christian in the District 5 match.

The Challengers (5-2-1, 3-1 Dist. 5) were up 2-0 at halftime, but Plankenhorn scored on a breakaway in the 60th minute, before making header on a direct kick from Emily Stephens in the 63rd minute. She capped her run with another breakaway goal in the 64th.

Saiah Merrihew added two goals for the Challengers.


PHOENIX 4, KLAMATH UNION 0: At Klamath Union, Sergio Urena scored a pair of second-half goals on assists from Kassem Akil as Phoenix registered the Skyline Conference victory.

Akil also scored in the 46th minute on a pass from Jacob Jee. Jee assisted on Bryson Flenner’s goal at the 15-minute mark.

The Pirates (4-1-2, 4-1 Sky) outshot the Pelicans (0-7, 0-5 Sky), 22-1.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 7, ILLINOIS VALLEY 2: Kyle Reece scored two of his three goals in the first half for Cascade Christian in the District 5 contest at U.S. Cellular Community Park.

Reece picked up a pair of his goals on assists from Ryan Vidlak, who scored twice himself, as did Zach Booker.

Jonathan McCoy had three assists for the Challengers (6-2, 5-2 Dist. 5).

Illinois Valley dropped to 5-2 overall and in Dist. 5.

ST. MARY’S 5, CANYONVILLE CHRISTIAN 0: Weston Grant scored three goals to lead St. Mary’s to the nonleague home win.

The Crusaders (6-1) prevented CCA (4-3-1) from getting a shot on goal in the first half and led 3-0 at intermission.

Grant scored in the fifth and 15th minutes, getting assists from Preston Jernigan and Kaleb Webster-Wharton, respectively. Luka Cvijanovic tallied on a header off a corner cross from Jernigan.

Grant took an assist from Will Kranenburg for a score in the 61st, and Roman Bobek scored on an assist from Andrew Michaels in the 76th.