PREP ROUNDUP: Martinez powers Phoenix to win
PHOENIX — Phoenix senior Victor Martinez made good on his prediction prior to Monday’s Skyline Conference boys soccer match.
The Phoenix star erupted for all five of his squad’s goals and powered the Pirates to a 5-3 victory over Hidden Valley at P-T Rising Stadium.
“He went off tonight,” said Pirates coach Chris Gallegos on Martinez. “He’s been struggling a bit but before the game, he looked in my eyes and he said, ‘Coach, I’m gonna go off today,’ and he never talks like that. I said, ‘OK, do your thing.’”
Phoenix (10-2, 6-2 Skyline) needed the big game from Martinez while the starting unit, which was on the field together for the first time this season, worked out some kinks, particularly on the defensive end.
The Mustangs (7-4, 4-4 Skyline) scored first, in the fifth minute off of a deflection. But nine minutes later, Martinez began to get going with a goal on an assist from Jenner Seldon.
Martinez gave the Pirates a brief 2-1 lead with a goal on a pass from Jorge Mejia at the 24-minute mark, but just like that, the Mustangs scored two straight with a goal a few seconds later and again in the 25th minute.
“We started fumbling,” said Gallegos. “We had a few mistakes in the back. We’ve gotta clean some things up there but mistakes in the back are easy to fix. But we were starting to move the way we want to move.”
Martinez finished the flurry of goals by tying the score back up at 3-all in the 26th minute on a setup from Dom Crenshaw.
In the second half, when the Pirates’ defense really began to gel, Martinez put Phoenix up for good with a goal on a direct kick in the 48th minute before collecting a deflection and sending it to the back of the net for good measure six minutes later.
“He’s a kid where, when he’s determined, he’s hard to stop,” Gallegos said of Martinez.
HIDDEN VALLEY 7, PHOENIX 0: At Murphy, Phoenix was unable to contain Hidden Valley star Leah Beachy, whose hat trick helped keep the Mustangs undefeated.
Hidden Valley (10-0-2, 7-0-1 Skyline Conference) grabbed a 4-0 halftime lead over the Pirates (3-7, 1-6).
ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST 3, CHILOQUIN 0: At Chiloquin, Rogue Valley Adventist established control early in all three sets to earn a 25-12, 25-16, 25-9 Mountain Valley League sweep.
Junior outside hitter Emma Bischoff posted 15 kills and six aces, junior setter Destinee Quattrocelli picked up 14 assists and sophomore libero Keslyn Bennett added three digs for the Red Tail Hawks (15-2, 9-0 MVL).
Chiloquin dropped to 1-7 overall and 1-7 in MVL play.