The streaking St. Mary’s boys soccer team survived an off day by its usually reliable offense to pull out a 2-0 victory over crosstown rival Cascade Christian in a District 5 match between league leaders Wednesday at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
Junior Milan Bobek scored off a pass from Preston Jernigan in the 10th minute to give the Crusaders the early advantage, and the designated home team added an insurance goal eight minutes later when Andrew Rietmann scored off a pass from Bobek.
Rietmann’s proved to be the final goal for St. Mary’s, which has won six straight games to improve to 6-0-1 overall and 6-0 in District 5. Crusaders head coach Eisa Tiaa Tutu said his team was out of sync after scoring 46 goals in its previous five games.
“We couldn’t put two passes together and we couldn’t shoot to save our lives,” he said.
Tiaa Tutu added that Luka Cvijanovic and keeper Hunter Holdermann stepped up for the Crusaders.
Cascade Christian had a four-match win streak snapped, falling to 4-1-1.
ROGUE RIVER 8, ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST 1: At Rogue River, Garren Decker scored four goals and dished out two assists and Sebastian Poston had two goals and an assist as Rogue River (5-2, 4-2 Dist. 5) won for the third time in its last four games.
Simeon Poston and Zyles Perryman added a goal apiece for the Chieftains.
Rogue Valley Adventist (0-5-1, 0-5-1) scored in the 48th minute to avoid the shutout.
ST. MARY’S 10, LAKEVIEW 0: Senior wing Meghan Michels notched her third hat trick of the season and dished out four assists, and senior forward Maddie Wheelock also scored three goals as the Crusaders (5-1, 2-0 Dist. 5) rolled to their fifth win in a row at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
Also stepping up for St. Mary’s were senior wing Gabi Castillo (goal, assist) and midfielders Emma Bennion, Riley Kreul and Ibixica Alvarez, each of whom scored a goal. Bennion also had an assist.
Lakeview (5-1-1, 2-1) suffered its first loss of the season and was blanked after having entered the game averaging 3.7 goals per contest.
ROGUE RIVER 2, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 1: At Rogue River, Maddison Bless and Alyssa Sizemore each scored in the first half as the Chieftains ended a 14-game losing streak against the Challengers.
The victory improved Rogue River to 4-2 overall and 1-0 in Dist. 5, while Cascade Christian fell to 2-6 and 0-3.
Prep Cross Country
HENLEY INVITATIONAL: At Klamath Falls, senior Lupita Alegria placed second overall to help the Phoenix girls capture the team title, and the Phoenix boys placed second behind overall winner Noah Marshall on a hot, dusty course.
Alegria finished the 5,000-meter race in 21 minutes, 44 seconds to come in behind only winner Kira Morrow of Henley. Also for the Pirates, freshman Sophia Stubblefield placed fourth in 22:37, sophomore Shelby Platt placed ninth in 24:52 and juniors Jasper Cortell and Clarice Mathewson placed 12th and 13th, respectively.
For the Pirate boys, Marshall, a sophomore, completed the course in 17:25 to easily best runner-up Patrick Clayburn (17:33) of North Valley.
Also for Phoenix, Yovanni Bazan-Chavez took ninth in 19:57 and Dilan Mathieu 10th in 20:04.
ROGUE COMMUNITY COLLEGE 1, CHEMEKETA COMMUNITY COLLEGE 0: Logan Billy scored the only goal of the game in the 67th minute as the Ospreys improved to 3-4-1 overall, 2-2-1 in Northwest Athletic Conference.
Chemeketa fell to 1-9-0, 0-5-0 in league play.