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PREP ROUNDUP: Phoenix makes short work of Mazama

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PHOENIX — The Phoenix boys soccer team had outscored its opponents 27-1 in five matches entering Saturday’s home clash with Mazama, but even that wasn’t enough for a squad with lofty expectations and considerable talent throughout the pitch.

While the victories have rolled in, the Pirates were vying to be a little more crisp in their execution for a second matchup with Mazama in 10 days.

Mission accomplished.

Phoenix (6-0) scored three goals in the first five minutes and needed only 56 minutes total to dispatch the visiting Vikings, 8-0, at Jack Woodward Stadium.

Per COVID protocols for this season, all soccer games have an eight-goal mercy rule that is enacted after at least one half of play.

“We’ve really been working hard on finishing and finishing well,” said first-year Phoenix head coach Chris Gallegos. “We’ve had quite a few opportunities over the last few games where we’ve left things wide open. The kids were really putting time and effort in into getting calm in front the goal and making better decisions in front of the goal, and it paid off today.”

Victor Martinez continued his stellar play Saturday, needing only five minutes to collect a hat trick for the Pirates.

The junior standout, in his third year as a starter, scored in the second minute off an assist from Daniel Palomino, in the fourth minute off a pass from Caden Gallegos and again in the fifth minute from Cornelio Carrera.

“Every so often you get a young man like Victor coming through that truly, truly loves the game,” said Gallegos. “If he could play all day long, he would play all day long.”

Helping support that theory was Martinez’s recent request for the Pirates to run daily doubles for practice during spring break this coming week.

“I said we can’t do that, but I do like how you’re inspiring us to be better,” laughed Gallegos. “That’s totally Vic, 100% full-throttle. And the great thing is it doesn’t matter, he can be doing the goal scoring or providing opportunities for others to score, it really doesn’t matter to him.”

Martinez has plenty of other capable weapons around him, some even from his own household. Older brother Dan Martinez scored in the 14th minute off an assist from Caden Gallegos to make it 4-0.

Palomino found the net in the 21st minute off a setup by Adolfo Camacho, then the sophomore tacked on his second assist of the match on a goal by Roberto Hernandez in the 29th minute.

Jenner Selden’s goal in the 38th minute, off an assist by freshman Ethan Martinez, allowed the Pirates to take a 7-0 lead into intermission.

The match came to an end 16 minutes into the second half when Alex Garcia scored following another assist by Ethan Martinez.

While the offense certainly has been potent, Saturday’s match also was the fourth straight shutout by the Phoenix defense, spearheaded by goalkeeper Tucker Speaks, and fifth overall.

Gallegos credited center backs Dan Martinez and Hernandez for anchoring the defense with their ability to work counter each other and work seamlessly together.

“It’s been so nice having those two guys back there,” said the coach.

SOUTH MEDFORD 3, CRATER 1: At Central Point, South Medford freshman Kyle Denn registered a hat trick to help the Panthers rally from a 1-0 deficit at Dutch Meyer Field.

Crater senior Abe Hull broke through the middle following a nice through ball and got past the Panther defense before netting a nice shot in a one-on-one with the goalkeeper in the 20th minute.

Denn was taken down inside the box in the 32nd minute and converted the ensuing penalty kick to force a 1-all tie at halftime.

Denn scored the go-ahead goal in the 60th minute following a nice through ball by freshman Eloy Saucedo, then closed the scoring in the 68th minute off an assist from sophomore Javier Lopez for South Medford (3-2-1).

The Comets dropped to 0-6.

Girls Soccer

MAZAMA 4, PHOENIX 0: At Klamath Falls, Phoenix senior co-captain Alexsandra Hernandez stepped in with the Pirates’ regular goalkeeper unavailable and managed 10 saves in the road loss.

The Pirates (0-6) had only 11 players available and played without any substitutions, but fared well overall against a Mazama attack that scored seven goals the last time the teams played two weeks ago.

Mazama’s Macy Clemens got the scoring going early, and the Vikings also took advantage of an own-goal by Phoenix to create a cushion.

NORTH BEND 2, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 0: At North Bend, Cascade Christian senior goalkeeper Emily Knight pulled in 12 saves and the defensive backline, led by Zoie Fisher and Autumn Murray, did well to keep North Bend at bay until the Bulldogs ultimately converted in the second half.

Liz Mahr broke the scoreless tie in the 49th minute and Molly Picatti added a goal in the 69th for North Bend.

The Challengers (2-2-2) were active despite having only 11 players available.

Volleyball

ROSEBURG 3, ASHLAND 2: At Ashland, Kayla Miller put down 12 kills and Cameron Christian added 10 but Ashland couldn’t fend off a surging Roseburg effort despite building a 2-0 set advantage in the five-set match.

Roseburg rallied to win 15-25, 17-25, 25-13, 25-13, 15-8.

Stella Crane contributed eight kills, Taylor Heie had three blocks and Quinn Christian added 16 digs for the Grizzlies (2-4), who also received nine aces from India Hernandez.

ST. MARY’S WINS 2-of-3: St. Mary’s was slow to catch a groove Saturday but came on strong in three dual matches at St. Mary’s High, losing in four sets to Sutherlin before posting consecutive four-set wins over Douglas and South Umpqua.

Sutherlin took the first match against the Crusaders, 25-12, 20-25, 25-22, 25-18. St. Mary’s followed with a25-18, 9-25, 26-24, 25-13 win over Douglas and then capped the day in a rematch from Thursday with a 25-23, 25-20, 21-25, 25-17 victory over South Umpqua.

Kelsey Dunn averaged nearly nine kills per match for St. Mary’s, while fellow sophomore Kaitlyn Hansen contributed about 19 assists per match, sophomore Albie Borovansky had 16 digs per match and senior Abbie Christman averaged seven kills for the Crusaders (5-5).

Freshman Emma Johnston had four aces against Sutherlin and Douglas, coming up with eight kills in the first match and 13 digs in the second.

Cross-country

ST. MARY’S TAKES TRI-MEET: At Gold Hill, St. Mary’s runners dominated the leaderboard in a limited field during a tri-meet between the Crusaders, Cascade Christian and Eagle Point at Valley of the Rogue State Park.

Cascade Christian’s lone participant, Jake Sorani, won the boys race with a time of 16 minutes, 26.21 seconds.

St. Mary’s teammates Logan Diaz McNeal (18:37.41) and Cody Arnold (19:10.17) finished second and third, respectively, while Eagle Point’s Jeremiah Cordle was fourth after recording a time of 19:15.

On the girls side, St. Mary’s was the only team to field runners, with Addie Jensen placing first after completing the course in 22:34. Olivia Lippert (24:58), Emily Bowdoin (26:19) and Annabelle Mayerle (27:43) followed.

Boys

TEAM SCORES: St. Mary’s 15, Cascade Christian INC, Eagle Point INC.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (INC): 1, Jake Sorani, 16:26.21.

EAGLE POINT (INC): 4, Jeremiah Cordle, 19:15; 7, Cruz Jimenez, 21:27.47; 9, Johnathan Toth, 32:56.22.

ST. MARY’S (15): 2, Logan Diaz McNeal, 18:37.41; 3, Cody Arnold, 19:10.17; 5, David Noble, 19:38.01; 6, Daniel Heycke, 20:29.54; 8, Will Doss, 22:06.88.

Girls

TEAM SCORES: St. Mary’s INC.

ST. MARY’S (15): 1, Addie Jensen, 22:34; 2, Olivia Lippert, 24:58; 3, Emily Bowdoin, 26:19; 4, Annabelle Mayerle, 27:43.

Phoenix defeats Mazama, 8-0, at Jack Woodward Stadium in Phoenix Saturday. Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune
Phoenix defeats Mazama, 8-0, at Jack Woodward Stadium in Phoenix Saturday. Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune
Phoenix defeats Mazama, 8-0, at Jack Woodward Stadium in Phoenix Saturday. Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune
Phoenix defeats Mazama, 8-0, at Jack Woodward Stadium in Phoenix Saturday. Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune
Phoenix defeats Mazama, 8-0, at Jack Woodward Stadium in Phoenix Saturday. Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune
Phoenix's Jenner Selden shoots toward the goal during the 1st half.{ }Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune
Phoenix defeats Mazama, 8-0, at Jack Woodward Stadium in Phoenix Saturday. Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune
Phoenix defeats Mazama, 8-0, at Jack Woodward Stadium in Phoenix Saturday. Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune
Phoenix defeats Mazama, 8-0, at Jack Woodward Stadium in Phoenix Saturday. Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune
Phoenix defeats Mazama, 8-0, at Jack Woodward Stadium in Phoenix Saturday. Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune
Phoenix defeats Mazama, 8-0, at Jack Woodward Stadium in Phoenix Saturday. Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune
Phoenix defeats Mazama, 8-0, at Jack Woodward Stadium in Phoenix Saturday. Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune
Phoenix defeats Mazama, 8-0, at Jack Woodward Stadium in Phoenix Saturday. Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune
Phoenix defeats Mazama, 8-0, at Jack Woodward Stadium in Phoenix Saturday. Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune
Phoenix defeats Mazama, 8-0, at Jack Woodward Stadium in Phoenix Saturday. Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune
Phoenix's Victor Martinez shoots for a goal during the 1st half.{ }Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune
Phoenix defeats Mazama, 8-0, at Jack Woodward Stadium in Phoenix Saturday. Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune
Phoenix's Roberto Hernandez (11) and Sergio Alegria go up for the ball off a corner kick during the 1st half.{ }Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune
Phoenix defeats Mazama, 8-0, at Jack Woodward Stadium in Phoenix Saturday. Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune
Phoenix's Jenner Selden beats Mazama goalkeeper Landon Baeth to the ball to get around and score a goal during the 1st half. Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune
Phoenix's Daniel Palomino and Mazama's Roberto Castillo fight for the ball during the 1st half.{ }Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune
Phoenix defeats Mazama, 8-0, at Jack Woodward Stadium in Phoenix Saturday. Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune