Irvine's two goals boost Crusaders to win

St. Mary's parlayed a strong opening half into a 2-1 District 6 girls soccer victory over visiting Henley Saturday.

Alyx Irvine scored both Crusader goals in the first half as they improved to 5-1 overall and 3-1 in district play.

"We played picture-perfect soccer in the first half," said St. Mary's coach Dave Potter. "Ninety-five percent of the time we played on Henley's defensive end. The girls played wonderful team soccer and distributed and passed the ball well."

Irvine scored in the 16th minute on a half volley, with the assist going to Sarah Seus.

She tallied again in the 33rd minute, taking a pass from Whitney Adderson, changing direction and one-touching a shot inside the far post.

Henley's goal was by Alysa Castle in the 56th minute. Melanie Johnson assisted.

The first half was "almost too easy," Potter admitted, but Henley came out and played a vastly different second half. "We really had to work," he said.

Potter credited his back-row defenders — Nikki Steinsiek, Hanna Heycke, Mia Rawson and Kelsey Gross — for another fine effort.

HIDDEN VALLEY 4, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 0 — At Murphy, Ashley Seal scored two goals off headers in the first 10 minutes to get Hidden Valley rolling to a District 6 win over Cascade Christian.

The Mustangs (5-0 Dist. 6) also got goals from Denise Powell and Jessie Hanger, while Sam Edwards and Char Tibbits played tough defense to help shut out the Challengers.

NORTH VALLEY 7, ROGUE RIVER 0 — At Merlin, Raquel Robles scored twice on assists by Lauren Crawford and Karli Clark had a goal and an assist for North Valley in the District 6 win.

Becky Egli, Trisha Durham, Megan Knitter and Mia Robles also scored for the Knights (3-1), while Taylor Vandehey had an assist.

Chelsea Giesen notched the shutout in goal for North Valley.

Skyline Boys

PHOENIX 6, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0 — At Talent, Christian Parra had a hat trick and assisted on the first goal of the contest for Phoenix in the Skyline Conference runaway victory at Colver Field.

Cody Shilts scored his first goal of the season to put the Pirates ahead early after collecting a pass from Parra in the 13th minute.

Parra connected on the next three goals in the 23rd, 34th and 36th minutes. He headed in the last two on crossing passes from Geoff Jensen and Rafael Castreon, respectively.

Jensen and Daniel Giardina also scored for the Pirates (4-3, 2-1 Skyline).

NORTH VALLEY 8, ROGUE RIVER 0 — At Rogue River, North Valley recorded its third straight shutout with Kyle Tulare and Chris Campbell each netting a pair of goals in the Skyline Conference triumph over Rogue River (1-3).

Campbell connected on North Valley's first two goals of the contest in the 8th and 11th minutes, while Tulare scored in the 27th minute and again in the 57th minute to put North Valley (5-2, 4-1 Skyline) up 4-0.

Lincoln Anders-Beck scored in the 71st minute and had an assist despite splitting time in goal with fellow keeper Kris Wessels.

Tulare also had a pair of assists for the Knights, who outshot the Chieftains 20-9.

Nonconference Girls

CRATER 4, LEBANON 0 — At Central Point, Rosita Ramirez scored twice and Aime Wingler had a goal and an assist to lead Crater to its first win in nonconference play.

Wingler scored in the 25th minute from 18 yards on a pass from Cari Burt, then assisted Ramirez, who tallied from 18 yards in the 34th for the Comets (1-4-1).

Ramirez scored from 30 yards on a pass from Sadie Barlow midway through the second half, and Crater's Rikki Deats finished the scoring when her corner kick caromed off the keeper.

EAGLE POINT 2, CROOK COUNTY 0 — At Prineville, Eagle Point's midfield helped control possession and the Eagles outshot Crook County 24-2 to claim a nonconference victory.

Erica Rasor connected for the Eagles (2-2) in the 34th minute from 20 yards out and Sarah Lilley collected a deflection off a defender and provided an insurance goal in the 78th minute.

Eagle Point goalkeeper Lindsey Nesberg registered the shutout with a pair of saves.

SUMMIT 2, ASHLAND 0 — At Ashland, Summit scored a goal in each half to deny Ashland in the nonconference affair.

Summit's goalkeeper made a save on a penalty kick by McKenzie Hedges in the first half to deny the Grizz (1-2-3), which trailed 1-0 until Summit salted away the win on a breakway with about three minutes to play.

Nonconference Boys

ASHLAND 2, SUMMIT 2 — At Bend, Summit tied the game at 2-all with less than five minutes to play to negate a potential Ashland victory.

Kelby Kemske gave the Grizzlies a 2-1 lead in the 59th minute on a pass from Camden Lopez, but Summit's Lucas Therage gathered a deflection off an Ashland player and booted in the easy goal to knot the score.

Ashland's Simon Lindsay scored the first goal in the ninth minute on a cross from Alex Murray before Summit tied it at 1-all in the 35th minute.

The Grizzlies outshot Summit 15-3 and controlled possession, but lost focus at critical points during the match.

Murray hit the crossbar twice on a pair of shot attempts and Weston Overland recorded two saves for Ashland (3-2-1).

CRATER 5, LEBANON 3 — At Lebanon, Ian Vanderzwan and Eddy Corona scored twice for Crater, which went on a surge in the second half to blow past Lebanon in the Comets' final tuneup before Southern Sky Conference play.

The Warriors tied it 2-all in the 50th minute, but the Comets (1-3) pulled away by scoring three straight goals over a 10-minute span, sparked by Corona's score in the 55th minute.

Vanderzwan answered an early goal from Lebanon in the 20th minute and connected again five minutes later to help Crater take a 2-1 halftime lead.

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