Phoenix wins, secures share of Skyline boys title

MURPHY — With a Skyline Conference championship at stake, Phoenix wanted to get off to a fast start in its final regular-season boys soccer match Saturday.

And Chris Solis made sure of that.

The Phoenix junior striker scored the first two goals as the Pirates romped to a 5-1 victory over three-time defending conference champion Hidden Valley at District Office field.

The Pirates' seventh straight league victory assured them the Skyline co-championship with Henley. A playoff game to determine the Skyline's Nos. 1 and 2 seeds in the Class 4A state playoffs will occur between the Pirates (12-2, 7-1 Sky) and Hornets at 8 p.m. Monday at Mel Ingram Stadium on the Grants Pass High campus.

"We've been on a mission to bring the title back," said Phoenix coach Dennis Flenner, whose Pirates last won the conference championship in 2004. "I was really pleased with our ability to overcome Hidden Valley's desire to keep us from winning the title."

Solis broke a scoreless tie in the 22nd minute, then tallied again 10 minutes later for a 2-0 Pirates' lead. Both goals were set up by strong individual plays by wingers Rafael Castrejon and Miguel Diaz, who beat defenders and placed passes in a perfect spot for Solis to finish.

"(Solis) was on fire today," said Flenner. "He threw a lot pressure and aggressive attack on Hidden Valley the whole game he played. They had to pay attention to him."

At halftime, Phoenix held a 2-0 lead and had a better portion of the action with eight shots on goal to three for the Mustangs.

The Pirates added to their lead early in the second half with two more goals in the first five minutes.

Jalisco Macias broke down the Mustangs' defense with a charge down to the end line and crossed a pass to Lalo De La Cruz, who hit a shot into the net from just outside the goal box.

Then Japanese foreign exchange student Ryo Nishimura was awarded a free kick and converted from 20 yards out.

Hidden Valley avoided the shutout when Robbie Erkeneff beat goalkeeper Gresham Prehn in the 52nd minute.

Southern Sky Boys

CRATER 1, EAGLE POINT 0 — At Central Point, junior Jacob Bagdan scored a second-half goal and Crater's defense did the rest as both teams concluded their regular seasons.

The Comets (8-5-1, 6-2 Southern Sky), however, are not done. They will travel to Portland for the first round of the Class 5A playoffs and will face last year's state champion Glencoe on Nov. 4.

Bagdan's go-ahead goal came off a pass from sophomore Matt Crowl in the 50th minute.

Comets goalkeeper Ben Purtzer only needed to stop one shot thanks to stellar play from his defense, led by left outside back Sam Mitchell.

Southern Sky Girls

CRATER 4, EAGLE POINT 0 — At Eagle Point, Kayla Burns scored two goals, Katie Orr posted another shutout in goal and Crater was able to run the table in the Southern Sky Conference.

Burns scored on a breakaway in the fifth minute and netted again in the 35th minute for the Comets (10-3-2, 8-0 SSC), who will host Thurston on Nov. 4 in the opening round of the Class 5A playoffs.

It was the fifth SSC shutout of the season for Orr, who made four saves.

The Comets received a goal and an assist from Taylor McGee, and two assists from Kinsey Parker.

In the 50th minute, the Comets' Ashley Childers finally put in a goal after two Comet attempts were stopped by Eagles goalkeeper Taylor Anderson. Anderson had nine saves overall for EP (4-8-2, 2-6).

Amanda Dalton helped stop the point of attack for the Comets at midfield in one of her best matches of the season.

District 6 Girls

ST. MARY'S 4, ROGUE RIVER 1 — When Rogue River tied the score early in the second half, Mackenzie Krieser answered by playing a part in three unanswered goals by St. Mary's to help the Crusaders wrap up the District 6 title at St. Mary's High.

The Crusaders (12-2, 10-2 Dist. 6) will go toe-to-toe with the No. 2 seed from District 7 on Nov. 4 in the first round of the state playoffs.

One minute after Kelly Maxey evened the score 1-all with a goal in the 43rd minute, Krieser netted the go-ahead score and then assisted on Anna Thorndike's goal two minutes later.

Krieser, a sophomore who leads St. Mary's with 14 goals, scored the Crusaders' initial goal in the 31st minute and netted again in the 55th minute to complete her hat trick.

HIDDEN VALLEY 7, PHOENIX 0 — At Talent, Jessie Hanger scored two goals and assisted two others to lead Hidden Valley to the District 6 rout.

Ariana Fleischman added a goal and an assist for the Mustangs (11-3, 9-3 Dist. 6), who will play Henley at 6 p.m. Monday at Grants Pass High to determine the Nos. 2 and 3 seeds for the state playoffs.

Rachelle Flick, Allie Tibbits, Matti Lindgren and Ashley Hart also scored for Hidden Valley, with Shelbi Benson picking up an assist.

Katie Figoni and Flick combined for the shutout in goal.

NORTH VALLEY 7, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 0 — Mia Robles, Nicole Goens and Megan Knitter each scored two goals as North Valley rolled to a District 6 win at host Cascade Christian (3-11, 2-10 Dist. 6).

Robles wasted no time for the Knights, scoring the first goal in the opening minute of play, then connected again in the 47th minute.

Goens scored consecutive goals in the 16th and 41st minutes and Knitter pounded in a pair of second-half scores. Brooke Fray added a pair of assists for the Knights.

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