Phoenix ties for league title, faces playoff

KLAMATH FALLS — Phoenix rallied to capture a share of the Skyline Conference boys soccer title Thursday, beating Mazama, 2-1.

The Pirates and Klamath Union, which downed Hidden Valley 2-1, entered the final day of the regular season tied for first place.

After Mazama grabbed a 1-0 lead early in the second half, Phoenix rallied for its seventh straight conference win, making it 8-2 in league and 9-3-1 overall.

"I couldn't be more pleased with the character of these young lads," said Phoenix coach Dennis Flenner. "They worked really hard to overcome so much and we really took care of business tonight."

Phoenix and Klamath Union will meet in a playoff for the top seed to state at 4 p.m. Monday at U.S. Cellular Community Park.

After a scoreless first half, Mazama's Andres Torres tallied in the 50th minute on a goal from 18 yards to make it 1-0.

In the 66th minute, Phoenix's Omar Iboa scored on an indirect kick from 14 yards on a short pass from Desi Hernandez.

Six minutes later, Jose Flores nailed a penalty kick to put the Pirates in front. Mazama was penalized for handling the ball in the box.

"When you get this far into the season, you have to treat each game like it's the playoffs, and it was for us," said Flenner. "We were at the bottom of the bracket early on, but that shows the character, ability and skill of this squad. Their maturity came through when we really needed it."

Junior sweeper Junior Esqueda keyed the Pirate defense.

NORTH VALLEY 4, HENLEY 1 — At Merlin, Trinidad Flores had a goal and an assist in the win for North Valley (4-8-1, 3-7 Sky).

The Knights placed fifth and are hoping for one of five at-large berths to state.

Manuel Miramontes scored with an assist from Mickey Nelson to make it 2-0 at halftime. North Valley got second-half scores from Wesley Hambleton and Isaiah McLittle.

KLAMATH UNION 2, HIDDEN VALLEY 1 — At Klamath Falls, Klamath Union used a late goal to break a 1-all tie with Hidden Valley and become Skyline co-champions with Phoenix.

The Mustangs received its goal on a header from Robin Klimczak in the 39th minute on a pass from Thomas Fate.

MAZAMA 3, PHOENIX 0 — At Talent, Phoenix played one of its best games, holding defending state champion Mazama scoreless until the second half at Colver Field

The Pirates (2-10-1, 0-10 Skyline) received outstanding play from sweeper Rosalia Bazan and stopper Jane Backen, who helped shut down lanes for Mazama. Senior forward Elise Roth did well creating offensive opportunities for the Pirates and goalie Kya McAlister played well.

HIDDEN VALLEY 2, KLAMATH UNION 1 — At Murphy, Ashley Hart scored both goals for Hidden Valley (7-5-1, 5-5 Sky), which finished third in the Skyline and visits Brookings next Thursday in a state play-in game.

Hart scored in the 25th minute, volleying the ball in after teammate Ashley Brown's shot bounced off an opponent.

Hart tallied again in the 47th minute, carrying the ball into the goal on her chest after a magnificent save by the KU keeper.

HENLEY 7, NORTH VALLEY 1 — At Klamath Falls, league-champion Henley had no trouble in the league finale.

The Hornets are 12-2 and 9-1 in the Skyline. North Valley is 5-8 and 3-7.

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