Mackenzie Krieser was opportunistic and Gina Barbieri was a stalwart in the net for St. Mary's in a key District 6 girls soccer match Saturday.
Krieser broke a scoreless tie in the 70th minute and the Crusaders went on to post a 1-0 victory over Hidden Valley at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
"It was a typical match between Hidden Valley and us," St. Mary's coach Dave Potter said. "It could have gone either way."
Hidden Valley won back-to-back Class 4A/3A/2A/1A state titles in 2006-07.
The Crusaders' goal came when sophomore midfielder Charis Darnall played a looping shot from outside the 18-yard box that came down close to the Mustangs' net. Hidden Valley keeper Katie Figoni managed to get a hand on the ball but couldn't control it. That's when Krieser swooped in, got a foot on the loose ball and knocked in the winning goal.
"Abby Steinsiek caused some interference on the play," said Potter, "and Krieser is hustling all the time."
The Mustangs were more aggressive and had the better play early in the game. But St. Mary's made some adjustments at halftime.
"We got the momentum in the second half," said Potter. "We spent more time of their half of the field."
Barbieri proved to be the difference in the match for St. Mary's. In addition to making some difficult saves, the junior goalie was instrumental in getting the Crusader attack in gear.
"Today was a milestone game for Gina," said Potter. "She was taking drop balls and managed to play them out flawlessly. She steps us in big games."
The Crusaders (3-0-1, 3-0 Dist. 6) received an important contribution from junior defender Lindsay Barnum, who cleared a Mustangs' shot at the St. Mary's goal mouth in the first half.
Hidden Valley had 10 shots to eight for St. Mary's and the Mustangs led in corner kicks, 6-2.
ROGUE RIVER 7, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0 — At Rogue River, Kendra Milligan notched a hat trick in the first half as Rogue River took a 6-0 lead at Chieftain Stadium.
The Chieftains (1-2 Dist. 6) received two goals from Allison Coulter and one goal each from Jessa Fricke and Alex Updegraff.
Brittany Coulter posted the shutout in goal.
HENLEY 3, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 0 — At Jacksonville, Jordin Schloer scored a goal in each half to pace Henley.
Teammate Stevie Stewart had a goal in the 50th minute.
Jenna George recorded 11 saves for Cascade Christian (2-1 District 6), which played without any substitutes.
NORTH VALLEY 9, PHOENIX 0 — At Merlin, Mia Robles scored three goals, and teammates Megan Knitter and Trisha Durham each added two scores to lead host North Valley (2-1).
Nicole Goens and Melissa Jacobsen also scored for the Knights.
- CENTRAL CATHOLIC 2, SOUTH MEDFORD 0 — At Portland, Laura Schaeffer scored in the ninth minute and Nikki Maroney added a goal in the 60th to guide host Central Catholic.
- MT. VIEW 4, ASHLAND 0 — At Bend, Ashland failed to capitalize on some early scoring opportunities and fell behind 2-0 at halftime.
The Grizzlies (0-5) received good play in the midfield from Kai Yearsley.
SUMMIT 6, CRATER 0 — At Summit, using a makeshift roster, Crater was able to hang tough with Summit through the first 32 minutes.
Once the Comets (0-5) started to run out of energy, Summit capitalized with a goal in the 32nd minute and broke it open from there.
The Comets were shorthanded because six starters were suspended.
Sophomore Kalee Case stood out at sweeper for the Comets.
GRANTS PASS 1, ST. MARY'S ACADEMY 0 — At Portland, freshman Keeli Morse scored Grants Pass' lone goal in the 11th minute.
After two failed shot attempts, Morse netted the goal for the Cavers (3-1) and the defense did the rest.
Goalkeeper Nicole Wytchery had two saves and earned the shutout for the Cavers.
SOUTHRIDGE 3, ROSEBURG 1 — At Beaverton, Emma Krnacik scored off a deflection to give Roseburg (3-2) the lead at the 15th minute, but Anna Montoya tallied a pair of goals for Southridge.
The match was tied 1-all at halftime.
Rachel Carlson's goal early in the second half proved to be the game-winning score for the Skyhawks.
Southridge outshot the Indians, 9-4.