The Homer boys soccer team moved to 7-0-2 overall and 3-0 in the Northern Lights Conference Southern Division with a 5-1 victory over host Kenai Central on Monday.
“They’re a solid team,” Kenai coach John Morton said of the Mariners. “Once again, we gave up a goal early. It’s tough to fight back from that against a tough team.”
Morton said his squad was down 3-0 at halftime, but said his team really controlled the game in the second half. Kenai’s goal came on a dangerous ball to the far post that glanced in off a Homer defense.
“Wasilla’s also a tough team and we played them fairly well,” Morton said. “If we fix a few issues, we have a decent chance of beating a team like that next time we see one.”
Kenai girls 3, Homer 0
Sydney Taylor earned the shutout in net in the NLC Southern Division victory for the host Kardinals.
Kenai is now 4-2-1 overall and 3-1 in the division.
In the fourth minute, Cassie Ross sent a ball up to Allie Ostrander, who found Lauren Schams for a goal.
In the 25th minute, Schams broke through and the ball bounced up in the air. Jenna Calhoun made good on the chance with a volley.
“In the second half, we had a lot of good chances,” Kenai coach Dan Verkuilen said. “We’re still not quite finishing.”
With two minutes left in the game, Schams scored again on an assist from Dacia Shier.
Verkuilen said Ross, Heidi Perkins, Vanessa Anderson and Caitie Steinbeck did a good job of keeping pressure out of Kenai’s end. He also said Taylor Ostrander did a good job owning the midfield.
Soldotna girls 8, Nikiski 0
The visiting Stars remained undefeated.
Soldotna is now 8-0 overall and 4-0 in the NLC Northern Division, while Nikiski is 3-5-2 and 0-2-1.
The goals in the first half were Paytience Burnett assisted by Emily Schneider and Kylee Wolfe at five minutes, Kiana Hendricks assisted by Taryn McCubbins and Miranda Wolfe at 25 minutes, and Phoebe Napolitano assisted by Miranda Wolfe and Skylar Shaw at 32 minutes.
The goals in the second half were Burnett assisted by Kylee Wolfe at four minutes, Julie Litchfield assisted by Burnett and Kylee Wolfe at six minutes, Miranda Wolfe assisted by Litchfield at 14 minutes, McCubbins assisted by Kylee Wolfe and Heidi Westerman at 33 minutes, and McCubbins assisted by Kylee Wolfe and Juliet Bramante at 34 minutes.
Katelynn Kerkvliet had the shutout in net. SoHi coach Jimmy Love said the goalie and defense have given up just one goal in eight games.
Love said the Stars did a good job in the first half of carrying out instructions to get shots on net whenever possible.
“They are a very organized team,” Nikiski coach Mandy Adair said of the Stars. “They were able to control the tempo of the game pretty well.”
Adair said her team did a good job competing. She also said Kiana Edgmon had a strong game at sweeper.
Soldotna boys 3, Nikiski 0
The visiting Stars scored three times in the second half to notch a Southern Division victory Monday.
SoHi is now 6-2, 3-1, while Nikiski is 3-6-1, 1-2.
“With six games in seven days, and getting on that large field, we were definitely feeling it a bit,” SoHi coach Jeff Siemers said.
Jonas Perletti, assisted by Cory Carver, scored three minutes into the second half. Cameron Grothe had a penalty kick at the 65th minute, while Cory Carver converted a free kick in the 72nd minute.
Kayne North had the shutout, saving a penalty kick late in the game.
Siemers said the defense was led by Keely Abendroth.
“Nikiski did a good job defending,” Siemers said.
Nikiski coach Jim Coburn said his team continues to improve.
“Our whole team played well today,” Coburn said. “SoHi came out pretty strong. They’ve got a good group of boys that plays pretty hard. They were able to finish when they had the opportunity.”