The Nikiski high school girls soccer team nearly pulled of an upset with a 1-1 tie against the Colony Knights on Friday morning at The Dome in Anchorage.
The Nikiski boys played defiantly but ultimately ended with a 5-0 loss, also against Colony.
“It was a pretty awesome game for us, so I’m proud of them,” girls coach Mandy Adair said.
Junior Bailey Buchholz scored early for Nikiski to take the lead.
“She outworked their defense and got a shot, and the keeper came out kind of early,” Adair said. “It was pretty even the whole time. Our freshman goalie Rachel Thompson really made some great saves out there too.”
However, Colony managed to even up the contest on a corner kick in the second half.
“They got a body on the ball and got a good bounce, but it was a good effort all around,” Adair said.
The Nikiski girls will next face up against Houston, Tuesday at the Dome in Anchorage.
On the boys side, the loss to Colony could be attributed to the fact that Nikiski still has not been outside to practice yet, as the snow has forced both boys and girls soccer teams to utilize the inside gym, but head coach Jim Coburn does not make excuses.
“Colony was more organized as a team, and that was our first time on an actual pitch this year,” Coburn said. “It’s hard to get your passing down when you’re going from a small area to work with to a large area, but the guys did a good job, they never quit, and they played hard to the end.
“Playing a team like Colony makes you realize your weaknesses, and they certainly did that to us.”
With a good mix of grade levels representing the boys team, Coburn said the possibility of making it to the regional championships is not out of the question.
The Nikiski boys will be playing Houston next on Tuesday at the Dome in Anchorage.
In other action on Friday, the Palmer and Homer boys played to a scoreless tie.