TALENT — Freshman Victor Martinez continued the dazzling start to his career while putting on a show for Phoenix fans in the boys soccer team’s first home game of the season on Monday.
Martinez registered a hat trick, the Pirates’ defense limited Hidden Valley to just three shots and Phoenix claimed a 4-0 Skyline Conference victory at Hagler-James Park.
Martinez put the Pirates (5-0, 2-0 Sky) on the scoreboard in the ninth minute on a pass from Johnny Esquivel and gave them a 2-0 lead five minutes later on Cain Vargas’ assist.
Bryson Flenner set up Martinez in the 56th minute as the freshman completed the feat.
The Pirates’ Randy Rodriguez added to the lead with a goal in the 67th minute on Esquivel’s second assist of the contest.
Esquivel provided superb play at outside defender and Dan Martinez’s defense at center back gave the Pirates a boost.
The Mustangs dropped to 1-4 overall and 0-2 in Skyline play.
HIDDEN VALLEY 5, PHOENIX 0: At Murphy, Phoenix held its own after surrendering two early goals but Hidden Valley tallied three times over the last 15 minutes to come away with the Skyline Conference victory.
Senior Lupita Alegria had a standout game in the midfield for the Pirates (2-2-1, 1-1 Sky).
The Mustangs moved to 5-1 and 1-1.