CIA defends Borealis Conference crown

The Cook Inlet Academy coed soccer team defeated Wasilla Lake Christian 7-3 on Saturday in Palmer to defend its Borealis Conference title and finish with a record of 21-1-2.

The Eagles also collected a bunch of postseason awards.

Cara Davidson was the MVP of both the all-conference team and the all-tournament team. Eagles on the all-conference squad were Megan Bauder, Nicole Moffis, Madison Orth, Bryce Horton and Koebryn Mlynarik.

CIA players on the all-tournament team were Bauder, Orth and Horton.

A number of Eagles also made the all-academic team with a 4.0 grade-point average. Those student-athletes were Bauder, Davidson, Orth, Seth Davey, Caleb Lyons, Keefe O’Dell and Adam Utchman.

The championship game saw the Rams take the lead on a goal by Ben Sande, but CIA came right back to equalize when Connor Leaf assisted Timmy Smithwick.

Smithwick then assisted on a goal by Scott Habermann, and Habermann assisted on a goal by Smithwick, as CIA went up 3-1. However, Wasilla Lake tied the score at 3 before the end of the half.

The Eagles dominated the second half to sew up the title. Smithwick scored twice, and Habermann and Horton added goals.

CIA finished 4-0 at the tourney, starting with a 5-2 victory over Lumen Christi on Friday morning.

Leaf had the lone goal of the first half for CIA, converting an assist from Moffis. Smithwick had three goals in the second half, while Leaf also added a tally.

On Friday night, CIA took down Wasilla Lake Christian 6-0.

Goalkeeper Mlynarik and defenders Horton, Davidson, O’Dell and Mylon Weems were pivotal in the shutout.

The goal scorers in the game were Habermann, Leaf, and Riley and Timmy Smithwick.

In the semifinals on Saturday morning, CIA came from behind to defeat Tri-Valley 3-1.

After Tri-Valley took a 1-0 lead, Horton had two goals and Habermann added a tally as CIA moved to the final.


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