TALENT — Phoenix had its big guns firing away in a key Skyline Conference boys soccer match against Mazama Thursday, but it was a couple less likely players who sparked a 1-0 victory at Hagler-James Park.
Sophomore midfielder Miguel Conchas took a pass from sophomore defender Dan Martinez and scored in the 69th minute for the Pirates, who improved to 7-0-1 overall and 4-0-1 in league.
Phoenix entered the contest ranked fourth in the OSAA rankings, and Mazama — which spent time at No. 1 earlier — was eighth. The Vikings dropped to 5-2-1 and 2-2-1 with their second straight setback.
Martinez took a pass from a defender, dribbled to the touch line, then to a corner, where he was surrounded. He dribbled along the end line toward the goal, then passed out to Conchas at 20 yards out.
“He hit a beautiful left-footed shot, upper V, far post,” said Pirates coach Dennis Flenner, “and the celebration ensued.”
Phoenix’s top scorers, forwards Victor Martinez and Bryson Flenner, took 10 and six shots, respectively, but came up empty. The Pirates had 26 shots to Mazama’s eight.
“It’s pretty bizarre to shoot that many times and not come up with some love,” said Flenner. “Their goalkeeper (Fernando Torres) made five or six beautiful saves that could have easily been goals. They made us really work hard for the victory.”
PHOENIX 2, MAZAMA 1: At Klamath Falls, Maggie Carrillo scored a goal and had an assist in the Skyline Conference road victory.
Carrillo, a senior forward, tallied unassisted in the first five minutes then assisted on Mackenzie Christianson’s goal about midway through the period.
Phoenix (3-3-2, 2-2-1 Sky) led 2-0 at halftime.
Alondra Ruvalcaba excelled on defense and midfielders Sandra Villa and Lupita Alegria helped the Pirates control the ball.
EAGLE POINT 3, NORTH BEND 1: At Eagle Point, Eagle Point received strong performances from middles Riley Shopp and Kacy Whitman and defeated North Bend in four games, 25-18, 18-25, 25-13, 25-15, in Midwestern League play.
Shopp, a junior, posted a team-high six kills to go with four blocks, three digs and two aces, while the sophomore Whitman contributed three kills, four digs, one block and one assist.
“Our middles did an awesome job covering the net,” said Eagle Point coach Hannah Mannenbach. “There were a lot of overpasses; we did a good job transitioning and putting the ball away.”
Sophomore setter Kierssa Hogan had 25 assists, five digs and three aces for the Eagles (4-10, 3-9 MWL).
“(Hogan) has made huge growth this season,” said Mannenbach. “She communicated well with our hitters and stepped up to make smart sets. She also made some crucial points with her dumps.”
Emmalee Stevens, the Eagles’ senior libero, pounded a team-best six aces to go with 39 digs.
“The biggest thing these girls did tonight was keeping up their communication and playing every point with discipline and aggressiveness,” said Mannenbach. “We played great as a team and had fun.”
PHOENIX 3, MAZAMA 0: At Klamath Falls, Phoenix got seven kills and six blocks from Delani Parent in a 25-12, 25-18, 25-15 Skyline Conference victory.
Katelyn Hanson contributed five kills, four aces and three digs for the Pirates (6-13, 3-4 Sky).
Anna Ellis had 13 assists, four aces and three kills, Makenna Page seven kills and Abigail George 14 digs and one kill.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 3, SUTHERLIN 0: At Sutherlin, Caroline McMahon had 15 kills to pace Cascade Christian in the Far West League match, 25-18, 25-18, 25-17.
The Challengers (14-3, 6-1 FWL) pulled away about midway through each set.
Olivia Borg had six kills and four aces for Cascade Christian, while Taylor Cave produced 33 assists and four aces and Kaylee Cannon four kills and two blocks.
DOUGLAS 3, ST. MARY’S 1: At Winston, St. Mary’s received a big effort from Katie Rietmann despite losing the Far West League match, 25-23, 19-25, 25-14, 25-16.
Rietmann, a senior middle blocker, put down 14 kills, came up with seven blocks and only had two hitting errors.
Junior outside Natalie Thickett provided 10 kills for St. Mary’s (8-13, 3-4 FWL) and teammate Grace Johnson added seven kills.
Crusader setter Ashley Gurr handed out 24 assists and went 13-for-14 serving with three aces.