KLAMATH FALLS — It wasn’t easy, but the Phoenix boys soccer team made its league championship official with Monday’s win over Mazama.
The Pirates used a second-half goal from freshman Victor Martinez to ward off the scrappy host Vikings for a 1-0 victory, giving the Pirates a three-peat in the Skyline Conference.
“It was a good victory but we had to work really, really hard to get it which is good right before the playoffs,” said Pirates coach Dennis Flenner, who collected his 14th conference title in 24 seasons. “It was a really big day for us to go undefeated but now we’ll prepare for the playoffs and move forward.”
In the 58th minute, Johnny Esquivel stole the ball at the defensive end of the field, dribbled upfield and found Martinez with a through pass. Martinez obliged by collecting, turning and firing a 30-yard shot into the net with his left foot.
Goalkeeper Moises Rivera helped the Pirates (12-0-1, 9-0-1 Skyline) keep a clean sheet with a big save while the defense of centerbacks Joe Navas, Dan Martinez, and Cornelio Carrera-Flores limited the offensive opportunities for the Vikings (7-5-1, 4-5-1).
CRATER 1, NORTH BEND 1, Tie: At Central Point, Crater was on its way to its second Midwestern League victory of the season until North Bend knotted the score 1-all with less than two minutes to play, resulting in a stalemate.
Mattilyn Pierce scored for the Comets (4-5-4, 1-5-1 MWL) at the 22-minute mark, and Crater’s defense limited North Bend’s opportunities the rest of the way.
Comets goalkeeper Lauren Noyes made a big save in the 60th minute that would have tied the match for the Bulldogs (7-4-3, 1-4-3).
MAZAMA 1, PHOENIX 0: At Talent, despite outshooting Mazama, Phoenix allowed a goal with about 20 minutes remaining, giving the edge to the Vikings in the season finale for both Skyline Conference squads.
The Pirates (4-7-2, 3-6-1 Skyline) outscored the Vikings (2-10-2, 1-9), who earned their first Skyline victory of the campaign, 12-3.
WILLAMETTE 3, EAGLE POINT 0: At Eagle Point, in the Midwestern League finale for both teams, Eagle Point was unable to stay with Willamette, which claimed a 25-15, 25-19, 25-13 win.
Senior Emmalee Stevens amassed 41 digs, senior outside hitter Alyson Scheffler collected four kills and 11 digs while Kaylee Shelton went for five kills and six digs for the Eagles (3-13, 4-15 MWL).
The Wolverines moved to 10-10 overall and 8-8 in MWL play.