Booker’s hat trick fuels Challengers
The Cascade Christian boys soccer team’s unselfish play has led to much of its success this season, and having several offensive weapons that can put up goals in a hurry doesn’t hurt either.
Zach Booker scored the Challengers’ first two goals and finished with a hat trick to help deliver a 6-1 victory over Pacific/Bandon on Wednesday at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
“I’m pleased how they’re playing unselfishly,” said Challengers coach Joe Winters on his team, which assisted on all of their goals in the contest. “This is the time of the year you want to start to peak and I think we’re getting better and better each game.”
Booker got the Challengers (7-2, 6-2 District 5) started with a goal in the 20th minute on a pass from Jonathan McCoy, who finished with three assists on the afternoon. Eight minutes later, Booker connected again on a Sam Preszler assist.
At the 33rd-minute mark, Ryan Vidlak scored on another assist from Preszler and carried a 3-1 lead at halftime.
Booker completed his hat trick in the 52nd minute on a pass from Vidlak.
McCoy chipped in with his second and third assists of the contest with a setup for Kyle Reece in the 41st minute and Vidlak in the 70th.
Buoyed by Jeffrey Fairbanks and goalkeeper Nick Erno, the defense played well, despite losing Levi Ellerbeck to a knee injury in the first half.
ST. MARY’S 4, ILLINOIS VALLEY 1: Weston Grant knocked in two goals for St. Mary’s, which took charge in the second half with ball control and defense at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
Grant scored in the 17th minute and gave the Crusaders a 2-0 lead in the 52nd minute.
Max Lewis also scored for the Crusaders (7-1, 7-0 SD5), as well as defender Andrew Michels, who scored his first goal of the season late in the second half.
ST. MARY'S 10, ROGUE RIVER 0: Maddie Wheelock recorded one goal and three assists and Gabi Castillo and Meghan Michels each earned hat tricks for St. Mary's in the District 5 match at U.S. Cellular.
Ibixica Alvarez had a goal and assist, McKenna Christman added two assists and Adrien Birmingham, Riley Kruel and Isabel Arago all tallied for the Crusaders (4-3, 3-1 Dist. 5), who led 4-0 at halftime against Rogue River (0-7, 0-4).
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 6, EAGLE POINT 0: At Eagle Point, Bryton Plankenhorn registered a hat trick in a nonleague match which saw Cascade Christian score four goals over the first 15 minutes of play.
Plankenhorn scored in the ninth, 15th and 53rd minutes for the Challengers (6-2-1, 4-1 District 5), who got their first goal from Mia Mayben in the third minute before Emily Stephen’s on-target 48-yard shot at the seven-minute mark.
Alisa Whitney added a goal for Cascade Christian in the 65th minute.
CANYONVILLE CHRISTIAN 2, ROGUE RIVER 0: At Rogue River, Rogue River was unable to convert on its open opportunities and Canyonville Christian took advantage.
The Chieftains (4-4-1, 2-4-1 District 5) received solid play in-goal from goalkeeper Tristan Spaeth, who came up with five saves.