Pirates rout Chieftains in league playoff

TALENT — Taking nothing to chance, the Phoenix boys soccer team scored early and often Saturday afternoon to secure at least one more match this season.

Facing fifth-seeded Rogue River in a Skyline Conference playoff, the No. 4-seeded Pirates scored three goals inside the first 13 minutes and beat the Chieftains 5-0 in a runaway at Colver Field.

"We never took our foot off the gas," said Phoenix coach Dennis Flenner. "We've had a problem in the past of scoring early and getting complacent, so we decided we better get our numbers up so things can't get out of hand."

The Pirates (9-6) next travel to face Henley on Tuesday for the right to determine the No. 3 representative to the state playoffs from the Skyline. League champion Hidden Valley and runner-up North Valley have already secured berths in the state playoffs.

Victor Mena opened the scoring for Phoenix in the third minute off an unusual assist from Mark Nickodemus, whose shot hit off the cross bar and caromed back to Mena for the header from 6 yards out.

"It looked like a circus play," said Flenner. "It was pretty, but one of those weird things that worked out for us."

Six minutes later, Absalon Castillo hustled to gather a loose ball and then sent a crossing pass toward the goal that was deflected in by teammate Christian Parra for a 2-0 lead.

In the 13th minute, Castillo once again stole the ball deep in Rogue River territory and fired an unassisted shot into the net.

Rafael Castreon scored off an assist from Sam Howell in the 33rd minute to give Phoenix a 4-0 lead at intermission.

Southern Sky Boys Soccer

CRATER 1, EAGLE POINT 0 — At Eagle Point, Crater got a first-half goal from Travis Robbins as the playoff-bound Comets earned a victory over Eagle Point in the regular-season finale.

The Comets (6-8, 5-3 SSC), who will host Crook County on Nov. 6 in the first round, maintained possession throughout the opening half and had a 26-9 shot advantage over the Eagles (2-6, 3-11 SSC).

Robbins' goal came in the 20th minute on a corner kick from Sione Seanez.

Crater goalkeeper Jorge Ruiz had three saves to record his fourth shutout of the season and his second over the Eagles.

KLAMATH UNION 6, MAZAMA 0 — At Klamath Falls, Luis Ortega's hat trick powered Klamath Union past Mazama in a Southern Sky Conference match.

Ortega also assisted on one of Ethan Olson's two goals for the second-place Pelicans (6-2 SSC), who scored five of their six goals before the break.

Southern Sky Girls Soccer

CRATER 2, EAGLE POINT 0 — At Central Point, Rosita Ramirez scored two goals to lead Crater to a win and a share of the Southern Sky Conference title.

The Comets (8-5-1, 7-1 SSC) tied Ashland for first place in conference. The two teams will meet Tuesday at 6 p.m. in Ashland, with the winner securing the top seed and the loser the No. 2 seed to the playoffs.

Ramirez scored off an assist from Rikki Deats in the 60th minute to break up a 0-0 tie. Ramirez then capped the scoring in the 79th minute with her second goal.

KLAMATH UNION 2, MAZAMA 1 — At Klamath Falls, Sarah Light made a go-ahead penalty kick with seven minutes left in regulation to help Klamath Union squeeze by Mazama in a Southern Sky Conference contest.

Carolina Meza also netted for the Pelicans (3-5 SSC) in the 27th minute, while Mikayla Garrard accounted for the Vikings' goal in the 47th minute.

District 6 Girls Soccer

PHOENIX 2, HENLEY 1 — At Klamath Falls, Carlee Storey scored two goals to lead Phoenix to a win in a District 6 playoff.

Storey scored her goals in the 10th and 25th minutes while Henley got its goal in the 35th.

Pirate keeper Courtney Scoggins directed a strong defense that kept the Hornets from mounting a comeback effort. Scoggins tallied nine saves for the match.

Phoenix (6-7, 5-7 Dist. 6) will play St. Mary's on Tuesday, with the winner securing the league's No. 3 seed for the state playoffs.

Skyline Volleyball

ROGUE RIVER 3, PHOENIX 1 — At Phoenix, Phoenix's passing game was out of sync while Rogue River was on target with its service attack, helping dispatch the Pirates, 25-12, 20-25, 25-9, 25-16 in the Skyline Conference play-in game at Phoenix High School.

The victory sends the Chieftains to North Valley for a Skyline playoff next week. The winner advances to the state playoffs as the conference's No. 3 seed.

Pirates senior outside hitter Miranda Barajas recorded 18 digs and seven kills while Tessa Lockett generated 10 kills, three aces and a pair of blocks.

Sophomore setter Brooke Cyphers led the Pirates with 14 assists.

Mountain Valley Volleyball

DISTRICT TOURNAMENT — At La Pine, Butte Falls took advantage of Prospect's inability to find a rhythm and upset the undefeated Cougars in five games in the Mountain Valley district tournament.

The Loggers, the MVL's fourth-place team during the regular season, won the match, 13-25, 25-18, 25-22, 15-25, 15-11.

Butte Falls defeated Hosanna in the next round in four games to secure the league's No. 1 seed to the Class 1A state playoffs. The Loggers (7-9, 7-7 MVL) get a bye in the first round then host a second-round game on Saturday.

Prospect, the league's top team during the regular season, bounced back to defeat North Lake, 25-8, 25-8, 25-12, to seal the No. 3 seed.

The Cougars will play the No. 2 seed from the Sky A League in the first round of the playoffs.

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