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BOYS SOCCER: Phoenix rolls into 4A quarterfinals

PHOENIX — Once the Phoenix boys soccer team got rolling Wednesday, the Pirates simply could not be stopped in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs.

Phoenix put three goals on the board in an 11-minute span to break its match open against La Grande and eventually score a 7-0 victory at P-T Rising Stadium.

Victor Martinez tallied four goals and fellow senior Jorge Mejia added two goals and three assists to help lead the third-seeded Pirates (13-2) to their sixth straight win.

“We were actually a little lethargic at the top of the game,” said Phoenix coach Chris Gallegos. “We just had to find our groove and once we found it, we started knocking it around really well.”

Phoenix advances to Saturday’s quarterfinal round, where it will face sixth-seeded North Marion, a 3-2 winner over Sisters, again at home.

Martinez broke the ice in the 11th minute off an assist from Mejia, who registered his own goal in the 18th minute after a setup from junior Daniel Palomino.

Phoenix went up 3-0 in the 22nd minute when Martinez converted off a corner kick by junior Adolfo Camacho, and it was 4-0 at the break after junior Jenner Seldon scored following a cross by Mejia in the 33rd minute.

Martinez tacked on two more goals in the second half in the 47th and 62nd minutes off assists by Mejia and sophomore Cielo Marlia-Larsen, respectively.

Mejia closed out the scoring in the 76th minute following another Palomino assist.

Gallegos said Phoenix’s defense continued to shine in shutting down 14th-seeded La Grande, which forced senior goalkeeper Tucker Speaks into making only one save. Sergio Alegria and Dominic Crenshaw helped power the defensive effort by the Pirates.

“Our defense is getting better and better and the communication is getting better amongst the boys,” said Gallegos, “and it really showed today.”

Wednesday marked the third straight shutout for Phoenix and eighth overall.

WILSONVILLE 3, EAGLE POINT 0: At Wilsonville, Eagle Point was unable to break through for a goal in its Class 5A state playoff opener, capping its season with a 6-5 record.

The Eagles, who tied Ashland for second place in the Midwestern League, entered the state playoffs as the No. 12 seed.

Fifth-seeded Wilsonville improved to 9-4-2 overall.

DELPHIAN 5, ST. MARY’S 1: Delphian opened a 3-0 advantage 19 minutes into the match and kept the pressure up to earn its seventh straight win and oust St. Mary’s in the first round of the Class 3A/2A/1A state playoffs at U.S. Cellular Community Park.

St. Mary’s (6-7-1) was able to break its scoring drought with a successful penalty kick by Leo Cronk in the 23rd minute, but the Crusaders could not capitalize on any opportunities thereafter.

Minghan Cui and Memo Cervantes scored in the ninth and 15th minutes to get Delphian (12-3-2) off to a strong start, with Cui and Muji Abulohoum tacking on second-half goals to keep St. Mary’s at bay.

Crusaders freshman goalkeeper Davis Jones made three of his five quality saves in the first half.

DAYTON 7, ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST 1: At Dayton, Rogue Valley Adventist saw its five-match winning streak halted in the first round of the Class 3A/2A/1A state playoffs.

The 10th-seeded Red Tail Hawks finished the season 8-3 overall.

Seventh-seeded Dayton (12-3) earned its ninth straight win.

Phoenix's Victor Martinez, shown earlier this season against Henley, scored four goals to lead his team past La Grande on Wednesday. Photo by Denise Baratta