LOCAL ROUNDUP: Martinez, unbeaten Pirates pounce
KLAMATH FALLS — Victor Martinez connected on back-to-back goals for the Phoenix boys soccer team, which used a big first half to upend Henley 6-1 at Henley High on Monday.
After Bryson Flenner’s header goal on an assist from Logan Jenkins gave the Pirates (6-0-1, 3-0-1 Skyline Conference) the lead in the second minute of action, Martinez put Phoenix up 2-0 with a goal in the 15th minute on a pass from Cain Vargas before scoring another three minutes later on a set-up from Randy Rodriguez.
“(Victor) plays in a unique position up there with Bryson,” said Pirates coach Dennis Flenner of his strikers. “They’re a good one-two punch but he’s hard to cover. He’s very, very quick and agile and is a great shooter.”
Yahir Valdovinos and Jonathan Leal both found the back of the net in the 35th and 39th minutes, respectively, to give the Pirates a 5-0 advantage at halftime.
The Pirates, who outshot the Hornets (3-4, 1-3), 27-4, got their second-half score from Ty Clayton.
PHOENIX 2, HENLEY 2: At Talent, Phoenix grabbed the upper hand early but Henley recovered by scoring the game-tying goal with about 10 seconds remaining to save a tie with the Pirates at Hagler-James Park.
Lupita Alegria scored on a breakaway in the first 10 minutes of the contest, and about 15 minutes later, Mackenzie Christianson collected the deflection on Alex Hernandez’s free kick and put the Pirates (2-3-2, 1-2-1 Skyline Conference) up 2-0.
Henley, however, scored moments later and limited Phoenix in the second half.
Pirates goalkeeper Jackeline Rodriguez came up with 12 saves.
SOU’S GARCIA HONORED: At Ashland, for the second week in a row, the Southern Oregon men’s soccer team produced the Cascade Conference’s defensive player of the week — this time Gonzalo Garcia, a junior from Stockton, Calif.
Garcia was a key player on the back line as the Raiders turned in two more clean sheets, 2-0 on Saturday against Northwest Christian and 0-0 on Sunday against No. 18-ranked Corban. He also assisted Noah Addie’s 57th-minute header that turned into the game-winner against NCU, his team-leading fourth assist of the season.
The Raiders (8-2-1 overall, 5-0-1 CCC) extended their team-record unbeaten streak to nine games, seven of which have been shutouts. They remained tied for first place with Corban, becoming the first team to blank the Warriors this season.
ROGUE CC 3, PORTLAND CC 1: At Hillsboro, Rogue Community College turned in its third straight win on Sunday.
The victory allowed the Ospreys to jump PCC in the standings and into third place in the South Region of the Northwest Athletic Conference.
Celeste Ruiz scored two goals — the first in the 14th minute and again to close the first half in the 45th minute for a 2-0 advantage.
Logan Billy, who assisted on Ruiz’s second goal, scored one of her own for the Ospreys in the 57th.