PREP SOCCER: Phoenix rises over Henley
TALENT — Phoenix got strong play on both sides of the ball and defeated Henley, 4-0, in Skyline Conference boys soccer at Hagler-James Park Thursday.
“We had a really good day,” said Pirates coach Dennis Flenner after Phoenix improved to 11-0-1 overall and 8-01 in the Skyline with one league game remaining Monday at Mazama. “We pretty much ran the gamut on offense.”
Phoenix had 29 shots to the Hornets’ three and 11 corner kicks to the visitors’ one.
Victor Martinez scored in the 16th minute and Bryson Flenner in the 18th to give Phoenix a 2-0 lead at halftime. Both goals were assisted by Randy Rodriguez.
Ty Clayton, in the 57th, and Yahir Valdovinos, in the 76th, tallied in the second half, both off assists from Gustavo Pinon.
The Phoenix defense was stout, too, said Dennis Flenner, “so they didn’t have much joy on offense. We were fortunate enough to keep the ball on their end of the field.”
The defense was led by Joe Navas and Johnny Esquivel and the back line of Dan Martinez and Cornelio Carrera-Flores.
ASHLAND 9, CRATER 0: At Ashland, freshman forward Davidson Graham scored four goals within the opening 30 minutes to lead Ashland past Crater at Walter A. Phillips Field.
Graham capped his monster first half with a looping left-footed shot over the on-rushing goalkeeper and into the roof of the net on a bounce.
With the win, the Grizzlies (7-2-2, 5-0-1) moved back into sole possession of first place in the Midwestern League. Springfield had previously pulled even with Ashland on Wednesday with its win over North Eugene.
Simon Cropper added a fifth goal before halftime for Ashland.
Carson Pindell, Julian Lull, Samuel Austin and Trevor Fulton all scored goals in the second half.
Crater fell to 2-9 overall and 0-6 in the MWL with the loss.
HENLEY 2, PHOENIX 0: At Klamath Falls, Henley pulled away after a scoreless first half in a physical Skyline Conference game.
Phoenix goalie Marcella Badillo recorded nine saves before suffering an injury in the 60th minute when she was kicked in the head while defending.
The Pirates (4-6-2, 3-5-1 Sky) recorded five shots on goal.