Thursday soccer roundup: Nikiski girls knock off Wasilla

The Nikiski girls soccer team scored a goal with about five minutes left to topple visiting Wasilla 3-2 on Thursday in Northern Lights Conference action.

“This is huge,” Nikiski coach Mandy Adair said after her team improved to 3-3-2. “Anytime we can beat a school as big as Wasilla it’s big for us. Wasilla’s always been a dominant program. It’s a big win for us as a program.”

The Bulldogs took a 2-0 lead in the first half after goals from Bailey Buchholz and Morgan Tschida.

Wasilla fought back to tie the game in the second half, but Brittany Scott played a free kick in the penalty area to Tschida, who finished the game-winner.

Adair said Scott played well on defense, Dyann Wik played well in her first time at varsity stopper and Koey Dixon did a good job in the midfield.

“It says a lot about the personality of our team,” Adair said. “We let them back in the game, but we did not let down. We kept trying to get chances on their net.”

Nikiski hosts Ketchikan at 4 p.m. today.

Wasilla boys 8, Nikiski 1

The Warriors rolled to a Northern Lights Conference victory over the host Bulldogs.

“I thought Wasilla played really well,” Nikiski coach Jim Coburn said after his team fell to 2-5-1. “They really controlled the midfield and when they got their opportunities they were able to finish.”

Logan Harrison had the goal for Nikiski.

Ketchikan girls 4, Skyview 0

The Kings notched a nonconference victory at Skyview on Thursday.

Skyview coach David Carpenter said defenders Chelsea Winter and Katie Clonan were only able to play the first 15 minutes of the game because they had to go accept scholarships. Defender Shelbe Holben did not play due to injury.

“We got a lot of playing time for a lot of different players,” Carpenter said. “We had three defenders back there who had not worked together. In the end, with a nonconference game, it could be good for us.”

Carpenter said goalie Dallas Derflinger was tested and held up well.

Skyview travels to Homer for a 10 a.m. game Saturday.

Homer boys 6, Houston 1

The Mariners rolled to a Northern Lights Conference victory Thursday.

Homer is now 5-0-2. The Mariners host Skyview at noon Saturday.

Homer girls 5, Houston 0

The Mariners controlled an NLC contest with the Hawks.

Ketchikan boys 2, Skyview 0

The Skyview boys dropped a game to Ketchikan on Thursday at Skyview.

The Kings’ first goal came off a penalty kick in the first half, and the second score off of a corner kick in the second half.

“We were giving them space in the middle, so I told them to clog up the middle in the second half,” Skyview coach Brandon Goggia said. “But that’s all that came of it.”

Goggia commended Jordan Jones on a job well done on the defensive end, and Austin Craig on defense. 

The Panthers’ record is now 1-6 overall, and they are set to play Homer on Saturday at noon. 

“We’re pretty excited for it, and we know they’ll be tough,” Goggia said. “We’ll play some defense and hopefully get something out of it.” 

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