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PREP ROUNDUP: St. Mary’s dealt tough loss

St. Mary’s had its best chance thus far at a girls soccer victory slip away in the second half as Sutherlin rallied for a 2-1 win Monday at U.S. Cellular Community Park.

The Crusaders (0-4) got off to a strong start and built a 1-0 lead by halftime behind a nice combination play from Sadie Glaser to Brennan Gangnes. Glaser slipped in through the Sutherlin defense and sent a nice pass across the top of the box to Gangnes, who directed a perfect left-footed curling shot inside the far post for the Crusaders’ first lead of the season.

“For the most part that first half was great soccer,” said St. Mary’s coach Martin Nelson. “We passed it around really well and we were using the space. Finally getting out on the field Friday and working on our formations seemed to have paid off.”

That lead, unfortunately, was short-lived.

Twelve minutes into the second half, Sutherlin’s Paige Edmonson caught the defense by surprise with a good run following a long throw-in and scored to tie the match.

With about eight minutes left in the game, Edmonson was again released on a long through ball and got behind the defense. Her initial shot was turned away by an on-rushing effort from goalkeeper Katelynn Balsiger, but Sutherlin regrouped in a scramble and found an open player for the go-ahead goal.

“It was the best we played so far,” said Nelson, “but we just have to not collapse on defense when we know what they’re going to do. We just have to kind of be more aware.”

Boys Soccer

PHOENIX 5, NORTH MEDFORD 3: At Talent, Victor Martinez delivered a hat trick for Phoenix which was able to hold off North Medford’s second half surge at Colver Field.

All three of Martinez’s goals came in the second half, the first of which was on a free kick that put the Pirates (2-0) up 3-1 in the 41st minute.

After North Medford answered with back-to-back scores over the next 10 minutes to knot the score at 3-all, Martinez put the Pirates up for good on a set up from Danny Palomino in the 64th minute before adding an insurance goal in the 75th minute on a deep pass from Phoenix’s goalkeeper Tucker Speaks.

The Black Tornado (0-2) scored the first goal of the contest in the 12th minute but Phoenix’s Caden Gallegos scored consecutive goals in the 29th and 33rd minutes to give the Pirates a 2-1 halftime advantage.

ST. MARY’S 3, SUTHERLIN 0: At Sutherlin, St. Mary’s defense and ability to control possession paved the way for the Crusaders’ first win of the season in a shutout of Sutherlin.

Both Leo Cronk and Chris Kranenburg scored and assisted. Cronk’s goal came in the 10th minute off of a steal from Sutherlin’s midfielder and Kranenburg’s came in the 50th minute on an assist from Cronk.

Yejin Choi also scored for the Crusaders (1-2) who also picked up a pair of saves from Davis Jones.

Volleyball

ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST 3, CAMAS VALLEY 0: Junior outside hitter Emma Bischoff posted 15 kills and five blocks to power host Rogue Valley Adventist past Camas Valley, 25-8, 25-8, 25-17.

The Red Tail Hawks (4-1) also picked up three aces from Isabelle Zamora and three digs from Destinee Quattrocelli.

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