Late Henley goal sinks Phoenix

KLAMATH FALLS — Phoenix was less than two minutes away from securing a second-place tie in the Skyline Conference boys soccer standings.

But thanks to Michael Kelly, the Pirates found themselves in sole possession of fourth place following a 3-2 loss in overtime in the final regular season game of the season on Tuesday.

Kelly, a freshman, sneaked in to tie the game at 2-all with 1:36 to play in regulation, then Joseph Santos scored the winning goal in the second overtime.

Phoenix (6-4 Skyline) didn't trail in the game until the Santos goal in OT.

"It was a weird day," said Phoenix coach Dennis Flenner. "We got the lead but didn't play very well after that and Henley never gave up. That's a testament to Henley."

Christian Parra broke a scoreless tie with a goal just 30 seconds into the second half.

Nearly 15 minutes later, Parra put a cross in front of the goal and Jordan Ruiz slid in to finish to give the Pirates a 2-nil advantage.

Henley (7-3 Skyline), however, struck back on a Danny Celemin score 10 minutes later and Kelly followed with the equalizer.

"There's nothing worse than sitting on a 2-0 lead and then losing it," said Flenner. "We're thinking we have this thing wrapped up, then you walk off the field and look at the scoreboard and think, 'Did that say 3-2?'"

With the loss, Phoenix must play fifth-place Rogue River on Saturday in a league playoff game. The winner of that contest travels to take on Henley next Tuesday, with the winner of that game earning the third and final state-playoff spot.

HIDDEN VALLEY 8, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0 — At Cave Junction, Taylor Willi notched a hat trick and Justen Nielsen added two goals as Hidden Valley clinched first place in the Skyline Conference.

Fellow senior Eric Hines also scored for the Mustangs (8-2 Skyline), with Blake Andreason talllying two goals.

The first-place finish guarantees home-field advantage in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs on Nov. 6.

District 3 Boys

ST. MARY'S 4, CANYONVILLE CHRISTIAN 2 — Keenan Grant had three assists to help St. Mary's in the regular-season finale at St. Mary's High.

St. Mary's, which had already clinched the District 3 championship, improved to 9-0-1 and will host second-place Umpqua Valley Christian next Tuesday in a league seeding game.

All three of Grant's assists came on corner kicks. He set up a Davis Darnell goal in the 18th minute, then twice fed Andrew Larson for scores in the 46th and 48th minutes. Nick DeYarman capped off the scoring with a penalty kick after Joe Delgado was fouled in the box.

Woo-Seok Jung and Alex Mikue scored for Canyonville Christian.

District 6 Girls

NORTH VALLEY 3, ST. MARY'S 0 — At Merlin, sophomore midfielder Lauren Crawford scored two goals and had one assist as North Valley (12-1, 11-1 Dist. 6) captured the District 6 championship at Knights' Field.

Crawford scored in the 10th minute off an assist from Mia Robles for the only first-half goal.

Crawford assisted on a Karli Clark score at the 50th minute.

With just three minutes left, Crawford and Robles combined for the final goal.

North Valley received a strong performance from junior sweeper Taylor Vandehey and senior goalie Chelsea Giesen recorded the shutout in her first full game since suffering a shin injury against Hidden Valley on Oct. 2.

St. Mary's (11-3, 9-3 Dist. 6) finished third in the league and will host a district playoff next Tuesday for a state berth.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 1, ROGUE RIVER 0, SO — At Rogue River, freshman Jenna George started in goal after running the 5K in the Class 3A district cross country meet and posted a shutout to lift Cascade Christian to its first win of the season in a shootout.

George made nine saves, deflecting a penalty kick and stopping three shots in a shootout won 3-2 by the Challengers (1-12-1, 1-11 District 6).

Senior sweeper Jill Bennett played a key role in the shutout for the Challengers, whose only victory last year came in the season finale against Rogue River.

HENLEY 4, PHOENIX 3, OT — At Talent, Henley scored the game-winner in the second overtime session at Colver Field in the regular-season finale for both teams.

Phoenix (4-8 Dist. 6) dominated possession and held an 18-7 advantage in shots on goal but couldn't prevent the Hornets (6-6 Dist. 6) from finding the net late in OT.

Carlee Storey scored twice for the Pirates, while Hilary Sinner added the other goal.

Fifth-place Phoenix will play at No. 4 seed Henley on Saturday in a league-playoff game. The winner will play St. Mary's on Tuesday, with the third and final state-playoff berth from District 6 on the line.

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