The Nikiski and Skyview girls soccer teams wrapped up spots in the Northern Lights Conference tournament with victories Saturday.
In the Southern Division girls side, Soldotna is No. 1, Kenai is No. 2, Nikiski is No. 3 and Skyview is No. 4. For the boys, Homer is No. 1, SoHi is No. 2, Kenai is No. 3 and Nikiski is No. 4.
The Homer girls could have played their way into the tourney with a win Saturday, but lost to Nikiski 1-0. The Bulldogs finished 2-2-1 in the division, while Homer was 1-3-1. Skyview was 1-2-2.
Just one minute into the game, Taylor Calderwood played a long ball from her sweeper position to Bailey Buchholz, who brought it down and scored.
“After that, there were a couple of chances both ways,” Nikiski coach Mandy Adair said. “Everybody tried to step up and make a difference in the game.
“We were able to hold them off.”
Rachel Thompson and Buchholz combined for the shutout in net.
“Homer came hungry and fought hard,” Adair said.
Nikiski honored seniors Brittany Scott, Minna Bogard, Koey Dixon, Dyann Wik, Cydney Spurgeon, Sarah Hall, Sallee McClure and manager Kelsey Williams at the game.
Homer boys 8, Nikiski 1
The Bulldogs scored first, but the Mariners recovered to finish 5-0 in the division and 9-0-2 overall.
Nikiski finished at 2-3 in the division.
Konstantin Reutov had a hat trick, while Connor McCarron scored twice. Robin and Mario Glosser each scored one goal, while Nikiski had an own goal.
Lennart von Schlichting had two assists, while Grant Arseneau, Lewis Koplin, Mario Glosser, Robin Glosser, John Walsworth and Kyle Wisner all had one assist.
Skyview girls 3, Seward 0
The host Panthers overcame illness to top the Seahawks in NLC Southern Division action Saturday.
Skyview moved to 1-2-2 in the region and 2-5-3 overall.
Ciarra Mahan, filling in for Mary Hauptman at center midfield, struck first for Skyview in the second minute.
In the 28th minute, Hayley Ramsell crossed to Cheyanne Laber, who scored with one touch.
Then, 20 minutes into the second half, Mahan finished with another goal.
Dallas Derflinger earned the shutout in net.
Carpenter said his team was missing starters Hauptman, Nicole Tromblee and Shelbe Holden due to illness. He said Skyview had four freshmen on the field at times, and he was happy with the way they played.
He said that the game will provide valuable experience for the future.
He said Laber had an excellent game up front, while the defense of Sawyer Link, Katie Clonan and Chelsea Winter did well.
“Sawyer and Katie were especially on top of their game,” Carpenter said.
Seward boys 4, Skyview 3
The Panthers and Seahawks got together for some nine-on-nine action on Saturday at Skyview, because Seward was short on players.
Skyview coach Brandon Goggia said he is not sure if it counted as an official game. It didn’t matter because both teams will not make the conference tournament.
“We just went out to have fun with it and what not,” Skyview boys coach Brandon Goggia said. “It was the last game for five seniors, so we gave them as much playing time as possible.”
Nathan Penrod led Skyview with two goals.
Goggia also said Jeff Knott had a good game at center midfield.
Homer girls 2, Seward 0
The Homer girls soccer team defeated Seward on Friday in Homer in Northern Lights Conference Southern Division play.
The Mariners improved to 1-2-1 in the division and 2-6-1 overall.
At the 25th minute, Aspen Daigle scored for Homer, assisted by Maggie Koplin. In the 50th minute, Mady Girard scored on an assist from Lindsey Seneff.
Rachel Boan had the shutout in net for the Mariners.
“Our girls are playing hard,” Homer coach Mickey Todd said. “They are finally figuring out how to play. It’s too bad the season has to end in the next week.”
Todd said Elaine Miller, Koplin and Gerard all had solid games.
Homer boys 1, Seward 0
The Mariners picked up a forfeit win over the Seahawks on Friday.
Homer is now 8-0-2 overall and 4-0-0 in the NLC Southern Division.