PREP ROUNDUP: Phoenix girls dominate soccer opener
COTTAGE GROVE — Phoenix couldn’t have asked for much more in its girls soccer season opener Thursday, with three different players scoring a goal and the defense not allowing a single shot in a 7-0 win over host Cottage Grove.
The Pirates dominated possession, a factor head coach Stephanie Vandenbusch said her team has been working on since beginning fall practice.
“We just played calm and controlled,” said Vandenbush. “We were able to play out of the back and not just press forward but be able to create opportunities and really just work the ball around the field, which we’ve been working on a lot in the first three weeks, and it seemed to pay off.”
Phoenix junior Sofia Rodriguez netted a hat trick to pace the Pirates, scoring in the ninth, 26th and 49th minutes.
“We look to her to distribute the ball as well as she’s one of the best finishers on the team,” said Vandenbusch of the center forward. “She showed up today and did a great job for us.”
Junior goalkeeper Maria Pyeatt was credited with a shutout in goal and had light duty thanks to Phoenix’s defensive effort and ball-control in front of her.
NORTH VALLEY 1, ST. MARY’S 0: At Merlin, North Valley broke a scoreless tie in the 68th minute to deny St. Mary’s in the Crusaders’ season opener.
St. Mary’s had a handful of good scoring opportunities with Whitney West playing with wings Ryker Rothfus and Sara Hatfield, as well as some give-and-go efforts by Elise Fernandes, but couldn’t find the back of the net.
NORTH MEDFORD 3, HIDDEN VALLEY 0: At Murphy, North Medford kept Hidden Valley out of its serve and prevented the Mustangs from establishing a rhythm in a 25-16, 25-12, 25-23 win.
North Medford senior Emelia Thiring led her team with nine kills, while senior outside hitter Makayla Miller had five aces, senior setter Pa’oa Payne-Kaeo tallied 28 assists and senior libero Jordan Sandler pulled out six digs.
North Medford (1-0) will next play in the McKay Tournament Saturday in Salem.
SOUTH MEDFORD 3, ST. MARY’S 2: South Medford sealed the victory with some tough serving at the end of the fifth set to take a back-and-forth battle that saw the Panthers prevail 22-25, 25-9, 25-14, 20-25, 15-13 late Wednesday night.
Kelsey Dunn had 11 kills and six blocks for St. Mary’s, with solid efforts also from Lainey Stranberg (13 digs), Albie Borovansky (12 digs, five aces) and Kaitlyn Hansen (21 assists).
CHURCHILL 3, CRATER 1: Playing in front of spectators for the first time in two years, Crater experienced some first-game jitters in an eventual 25-22, 25-15, 21-25, 25-18 loss to Churchill.
Crater junior Kendra Bittle led the team with 18 kills, while junior Madison Kocina added 11.
The Comets’ back line was led by sophomore Joslyhn Pope’s 11 digs and freshman Callie Aplin chipping in 10. Sophomore Alexa Gugliotta had a team-high four blocks.
Crater (0-1) next hosts Eagle Point Tuesday.
NORTH BEND 3, EAGLE POINT 0: At Eagle Point, visiting North Bend scored a sweep of Eagle Point, 25-17, 25-20, 25-19.
Juniors Abby Trautman and Lily Bixler each had five kills to lead the Eagles (0-2) on a big night for several sophomores. Setter Makynlee Schauffler had 14 assists, Emma Kness earned a team-high 28 digs and Addy Holcomb had a team-high six blocks.
RV ADVENTIST 3, CROSSPOINT CHRISTIAN 0: Rogue Valley Adventist junior Emma Bischoff pounded down 13 kills to go with three blocks and sophomore Olivia Barber continued her stellar serving in a 25-21, 25-12, 25-14 home victory.
Barber, who recorded a program-record 23 straight serves to close out her team’s win over Prospect late Tuesday, finished with six aces against Crosspoint Christian. Barber had eight aces during Tuesday’s third-set surge, which included 15 points registered by her teammates in support, and finished with 11 aces that night.
Against Crosspoint Christian, which was formed by a union of Hosanna Christian and Triad schools, Michaela Porter contributed seven kills and Destinee Quattrocelli had four digs.
The Red Tail Hawks (2-1) won 25-8, 25-12, 25-2 over Prospect, with Barber also doling out 19 assists while Bischoff had 12 kills and RVA got six digs apiece from Isabell Zamora and Quattrocelli.