PREP ROUNDUP: Henley tops Phoenix in Skyline duel
KLAMATH FALLS — The Phoenix boys soccer team was able to get the kind of start it had hoped for in Wednesday night’s meeting between two of the top teams in the Skyline Conference.
But once Henley started clicking, it was tough to slow these Hornets down.
Henley scored four unanswered goals after falling behind in the first half, racing past Phoenix for a 6-2 win to maintain its lead over the Pirates atop the Skyline standings with the midway point of the league season fast approaching.
Phoenix (7-2, 3-2 Skyline), ranked third in the most recent Class 4A coaches’ poll, could have pulled even with Henley with a win Wednesday night.
Instead, fifth-ranked Henley (6-1-1, 4-0) was able to go two games clear of Phoenix in the loss column while handing the Pirates their second defeat to Skyline opposition in less than a week.
The Pirates took a 1-0 lead midway through first half on a goal from junior forward Jenner Selden.
The Hornets — who have won five straight and are unbeaten in their last seven games — tied the game in the 50th minute after a Pirate hand ball in the box resulted in a penalty kick. Henley scored the eventual game-winning goal three minutes later, then doubled their lead in the 55th minute to cap a flurry of goals.
Phoenix was able to get as close as 4-2 late in the second half when senior Caden Gallegos scored off a pass from fellow senior Reif Stanfield.
ST. MARY’S 6, ILLINOIS VALLEY 1: St. Mary’s sophomore Chris Kranenburg recorded a hat trick and three assists to lead the Crusaders over Illinois Valley, their second Far West League win in the span of three days at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
Senior Ean Lawrence gave the Crusaders (3-3, 2-0 FWL) a 1-0 lead less than three minutes in. Kranenberg then scored goals in the 15th and 33rd minutes to put the Crusaders ahead 3-0. Sophomore Leo Cronk, who also had three assists against Illinois Valley (0-3, 0-3), scored in the 37th minute to give St. Mary’s a 4-0 lead heading into halftime.
Kranenberg completed his hat trick early in the second half. Sophomore Andrew Lockwood scored the Crusaders’ goal from the penalty spot.
St. Mary’s freshman Declan Reed had a pair of assists, while freshman goalkeeper Davis Jones finished with three saves.
ASHLAND 2, EAGLE POINT 0: At Eagle Point, Ashland senior Emmeline Clark scored a pair of goals to help the Grizzlies beat Midwestern League rival Eagle Point and maintain their unbeaten start to the season.
Clark gave Ashland (6-0-3, 4-0 MWL) — which has won four straight — a 1-0 lead 55 seconds into the game with a goal assisted by junior Ini Hammond.
The Hammond-Clark connection was at it again on the Grizzlies’ second goal of the night, as Hammond set up Clark in the 70th minute for her second goal.
Ashland goalkeeper Zadi Burke finished with a pair of saves as she recorded her fourth shutout of the season
Eagle Point fell to 2-3-1 overall and 1-1-1 in the MWL.
ST. MARY’S 6, LAKEVIEW 1: St. Mary’s sophomore Elise Fernandes recorded two goals in each half to lead the Crusaders to a win over Lakeview at U.S. Cellular.
Fernandes recorded her two first-half goals within the opening 20 minutes of the game courtesy of assists from senior Brennan Gangnes and junior Carmel Ashland, the latter coming on a lofted free kick over the top of the defense.
Gangnes recorded her second assist in the first half when her corner kick was scored by senior Abby Kirkpatrick — her first goal of the season.
Fernandes netted her hat trick four minutes into the second half off another ball over the top, this time from sophomore Samantha Gallardo. Ryker Rothfus set Fernandes up for her fourth goal in the 59th minute.
Gangnes rounded out the scoring for St. Mary’s (3-5, 1-0 FWL) with six minutes remaining.
Junior Savannah Greenfield scored the goal for Lakeview (4-1, 0-1) right before halftime.
St. Mary’s fullback Emma Myer had a strong game defensively, keeping Greenfield and the Lakeview offense quiet for much of the afternoon.
RVA TAKES TWO: At Gilchrist, Rogue Valley Adventist took over sole possession of first place in the Mountain Valley League with wins over Gilchrist and previously unbeaten Central Christian.
RVA (10-1, 6-0 MVL) beat Gilchrist in straight sets 25-8, 25-6, 25-20 before snapping Central Christian’s seven-game winning streak with a 25-19, 25-12, 23-25, 25-19 victory. The Red Tail Hawks have now won 10 straight matches.
Junior Emma Bischoff had 10 kills and seven assists against Gilchrist (1-5, 1-5), then recorded 17 kills and nine blocks in the win over Central Christian (9-2, 6-1).
Against Gilchrist, sophomore Olivia Barber also had seven aces.
Junior Destinee Quattrocelli finished with 18 assists and fellow junior Isabell Zamora had nine digs against Central Christian.