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Prep Roundup: Martinez helps Pirates pull away

MERLIN — The last time the top two Skyline Conference boys soccer teams squared off, the hard-fought match ended in a scoreless draw.

This time around, the Pirates gained an early advantage, then used a pair of goals by freshman Victor Martinez to hold off North Valley for a 3-1 victory Monday.

Randy Rodriguez nailed a 40-yard free kick in the sixth minute to put the Pirates (10-0-1, 7-0-1 Skyline) up 1-0.

“It was an exciting day and I’m happy with our team,” said Pirates coach Dennis Flenner. “It was a physical and a tough game down to the very end. We’re just rivals and it was one of those games. They were pressing the whole game, trying to press us to make mistakes. Getting the first goal opened the game up substantially.”

In the 33rd minute, Martinez used a pass from Johnny Esquivel to put the Pirates up 2-0 before halftime.

After North Valley’s Tanner Lauby put the Knights (7-2-3, 6-6-1) on the scoreboard, Esquivel found Martinez again, who connected with less than 10 minutes to play and the Pirates sealed one of their best wins of the season.

Goalkeeper Moises Rivera came up with four saves for the Pirates on eight shots for the Knights.

Girls Soccer

NORTH VALLEY 4, PHOENIX 0: At Merlin, Phoenix fell behind in the first half and was unable to recover against North Valley, one of the state’s top Class 4A teams.

Lupita Alegria played well in the midfield by providing the Pirates (4-5-2, 3-4-1 Skyline) with opportunities.

The Knights climbed to 11-1 overall and 7-1 in Skyline play.


ASHLAND 3, SOUTH MEDFORD 2: At Ashland, Ania Farmer racked up 14 kills and Ashland pulled off the marathon nonconference victory, 20-25, 25-18, 18-25, 25-14, 15-13.

Grace Angermeier produced 34 assists and 17 digs while Emliy DeVall added nine kills and 10 digs for the Grizzlies (6-12).

The Grizzlies also picked up 25 digs, five kills and three aces from Sydney Philpott and 13 digs and five aces from Sophia Wieneck.

South Medford dropped to 7-12 overall.

HIDDEN VALLEY 3, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 1: At Murphy, Caroline McMahon posted 17 kills and nine digs but Class 3A Cascade Christian wasn’t able to stick with Hidden Valley, one of the best team’s in the 4A class and a 25-18, 23-25, 25-16, 25-21 victor.

Kaylee Cannon generated seven blocks, six kills and 14 digs for the Challengers (19-3) while Taylor Cave accumulated 33 assists.

The Challengers’ Gabbi Burton and Hannah Stanfield added five kills apiece.