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Weekend soccer roundup

Soldotna girls stay perfect

Posted: May 5, 2012 - 10:40pm

The host Soldotna girls soccer team defeated Northern Lights Conference foe Wasilla 5-0 on Saturday to improve to 7-0.

“I thought we could have been in this position, but you never know what everybody else is going to have,” Soldotna coach Jimmy Love said of his team’s record. “We still have four games to go before regions, and regions is a whole other season.

“We’ve got to maintain everything.”

The first half goals were Miranda Wolfe from Katelynn Kerkvliet, and Taryn McCubbins from Kylee Wolfe and Juliet Bramante. The second half goals were Kylee Wolfe from McCubbins and Alex Ashe, McCubbins from Kiana Hendricks and Ashe, and Emily Schneider from Miranda Wolfe.

Kerkvliet had the shutout in the net, and Love said the defense was so good she only had to stop four shots.

Love also said Julie Litchfield had a good game at midfield.

Wasilla boys 3, Soldotna 0

Soldotna dropped a Northern Lights Conference game against the Warriors on Saturday in Soldotna. 

After a scoreless first half, Wasilla managed to slip the ball past Soldotna goalkeeper Kayne North in the 50th minute.

“It was some intense, decent play out there, but Wasilla was just able to put away opportunities better than us,” Soldotna coach Jeff Siemers said. “We’re looking forward to playing them in regions.”

Wasilla’s last two goals came late in the match.

Siemers said there was a scuffle at the start of the second half and each team lost a player due to a red card.

Soldotna faces up against Nikiski on Monday at 6 p.m.

Skyview girls 1, Homer 1

The visiting Panthers kept things interesting in the NLC Southern Division by earning a draw with the Mariners. Skyview is now 0-0-2 in the division and 1-3-3 overall.

Homer scored first on a free kick from Sarah Andrews. Skyview equalized on a strike from Nicole Tromblee.

“We won the battle of the corner kicks, and probably kept possession on their end most of the time, but it was the old finishing problem,” Skyview coach David Carpenter said.

The coach said Dallas Derflinger was solid in net and Shelbe Holden had a good game on defense.

Homer boys 3, Skyview 0

The host Mariners scored three times in the second half to pick up a Southern Division victory Saturday.

Skyview coach Brandon Goggia, whose team is now 0-2 and 1-7, said the Mariners scored early in the second half on a weird bounce. After that, the coach said his team had to stop focusing on defense in order to try and score, so Homer was able to put in two more goals.

Goggia said Bailey Jones had a great game in net. An unofficial account had Homer putting 50 shots on net.

Homer improves to 6-0-2 overall and 2-0 in the Southern Division.

Ketchikan boys 2, Kenai 1

The Kings scored in the second half to break a tie and notch a nonconference victory Saturday. Kenai fell to 2-3-1 overall.

Ketchikan scored early, but Nathan Narlock equalized before the end of the first half. Arthur Prado passed to TJ Wagoner, who found Narlock.

Kenai coach John Morton said sweeper Keegan Remsen was taking the SAT, so Kyle Scarlett did a good job filling in.

“They’re solid. They play well together,” Morton said of the Kings. “We had some good chances that didn’t fall.”

Ketchikan girls 1, Kenai 1

The Kings and host Kardinals played to a nonconference tie Saturday.

Lauren Schams had a goal 14 minutes into the second half to put Kenai on top. Ketchikan scored late in the game on a penalty kick.

Kenai is 3-2-1 overall.

Soldotna girls 11, Houston 0

The Stars cruised to a Northern Lights Conference win Friday in Soldotna.

Miranda Wolfe had a hat trick for Soldotna. Kylee Wolfe, Kelci Benson and Julie Litchfield each had two goals, while Molly Fenton and Skyler Shaw added tallies for the Stars.

Katelynn Kerkvliet and Kylee Wolfe combined for the shutout at goalie.

Soldotna coach Jimmy Love said his team was working on shooting the ball more, and following up those shots. The Stars were able to get 30 shots.

“With shooting and crashing the net, we certainly got that point across,” Love said.

The coach also wanted his team to work on spacing. Although Love said there was a lot of space available against Houston, he did say his team did a good job of staying spaced out.

Soldotna boys 6, Houston 0

The host Stars took a 5-0 lead at halftime in the Friday NLC contest on the way to improving their record to 4-1-0 overall.

Cory Carver scored in the second and eighth minutes, both times assisted by Cameron Grothe. Grothe then scored in the 13th minute unassisted.

In the 23rd minute, Grothe scored on an assist by Carver. In the 29th minute, Charalambos Asimakopoulos finished up the first-half scoring on an assist from Sebastian Gabriel.

In the second half, Hunter Koch, assisted by Jake Eckerman, finished up the scoring.

Kayne North had the shutout in goal.

Wasilla boys 3, Kenai 0

The Warriors scored three times in the first 30 minutes Friday in Kenai to post an NLC victory.

“We just came out a little flat-footed,” Kenai coach John Morton said after his team fell to 2-2-1 overall. “That’s a solid team. They had some guys winning the ball in the air down there in the first 30 minutes of the game.”

Morton said his team played a lot better in the second half and kept Wasilla off the board. The coach said that Wasilla was subbing a lot in the second half, so that probably helped his team as well.

Wasilla girls 2, Kenai 1

The visiting Warriors notched an NLC victory on Friday.

Ketchikan girls 1, Nikiski 0

The visiting Kings scored on a penalty kick with less than a minute to play to take the Friday nonconference affair.

Nikiski coach Mandy Adair said Rachel Thompson saved the initial penalty kick, but in a mad scramble for the rebound the Kings somehow got the ball across the line.

“It was a close goal,” Adair said after her team fell to 3-4-2 overall.

Adair said the player that took the penalty kick for Ketchikan was injured in the scramble, so the game was called right after the goal.

“Rachel played an amazing game,” Adair said. “She stopped a lot of shots. It was a disappointing way to end the game when both teams fought hard and had good opportunities to score.”

Adair said the penalty kick was called when the ball took a weird bounce in the box and hit the arm of a Nikiski defender.

The coach said Koey Dixon did a good job at center midfield, while Cydney Spurgeon stepped up and played well at forward.

“Our defense was strong across the board,” Adair said. “They were able to close them down and not let them have any quality shots.”

Ketchikan boys 4, Nikiski 0

The host Bulldogs dropped a nonconference contest Friday to fall to 3-4-1.

The Kings scored three goals in the first half and a goal in the second half.

“Ketchikan played a good game,” Nikiski coach Jim Coburn said. “We weren’t able to finish when we had the opportunities.

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