PHOENIX — Sophomore Carsyn Gallegos scored all three goals as the Phoenix women’s soccer team held off Mazama, 3-2, and rode a five-game losing streak to claim its first Skyline Conference win on Monday at Phoenix-Talent Rising Stadium.
“She played a great game and she was kind of unstoppable today,” Phoenix coach Stephanie Vandenbusch said of Gallegos. “She put on a show and was the person we were trying to pass the ball to and we got to watch her on the finish.”
Gallegos scored in the 37th minute to give the Pirates (3-7, 1-4 Skyline) a 1-0 halftime lead.
The Vikings (2-5-1, 2-2-1) responded by leveling Game 1 – all just three minutes into the second half, but in the 55th minute Gallegos gave the lead to the Pirates for good with a goal on an assist from Anahi. Villa. Gallegos completed his hat trick in the 66th minute with a penalty that gave his team a 3-1 cushion.
Mazama cut Phoenix’s lead to 3-2 in the 70th minute, but the Pirates defence, led by senior captain and centre-back Ruby Rector, managed to hold the Vikings at bay.
Replacing injured junior goaltender Jayden Vos, rookie Addison McConnell provided six saves for the Pirates.
WATERFALL CHRISTIAN 6, SHELL 4: At Coquille, Autumn Murray scored twice as Cascade Christian used four second-half scores to overcome a slow start and claim a District 4 victory.
After Coquille broke the ice with a score in the fifth minute, the elder Murray tied the game at 1-all with her goal in the 25th minute. Three minutes later, Murray set up Ellie Vanlandingham’s score to put the Challengers (4-6-1, 4-5-1 Dist. 4) ahead 2-1.
With the score tied at 2 all in the second half, Bella Williams’ corner kick found the back of the net in the 50th minute, three minutes before Murray connected again to give the Challengers a little respite with a 4-2 lead.
Aubrey Hess and Taylor Folin of the Challengers both scored clean goals in the 63rd and 67th minutes, picking up deflected shot attempts from Emma Coats.
Defensively, rookie Mae Ferreira has provided outstanding defensive work as the baseline captain.
Coquille’s record fell to 0-10 on aggregate and in the league.
PHOENIX 8, MAZAMA 0: In Klamath Falls, senior Danny Palomino scored a career-high four goals to help Phoenix earn their fourth win in five games.
Palomino scored at the fourth, 15, 17 and 48 minutes. He dribbled and scored two of the goals on his own while the other two were assisted by Isai Pinon.
The Pirates (4-5-1, 4-1 Skyline Conference) also scored two goals from Ethan Martinez – one from an Antonio Camargo pass and the other from his own corner.
Palomino also assisted on Adolfo Carmacho’s score in the 16th minute and Jenner Selden converted with a header from a Tanner Norris corner in the 39th minute.
The loss dropped Mazama to 0-8 on aggregate and 0-5 at Skyline.