PALMER — The 2013 season has already been tough on the Palmer Moose for a few reasons.
Like basically everyone outside of the Anchorage area, opportunities to play in official matches have been scarce. Palmer had two games under its belt heading into play Saturday. But those matches were against a pair of 2012 state tournament teams, and resulted in 4-0 losses to the perennially tough South Anchorage Wolverines and the defending Northern Lights Conference champion Wasilla Warriors.
So not only were the Moose looking for their first win of the season, they were also looking for their first goal Saturday. Palmer may not have captured the victory, but the Moose did finally find that elusive first score.
Junior Phillip Palm converted a penalty kick during the final minutes of regulation to force a 1-1 tie with Kenai Central at Colony High School Saturday evening.
Kenai keeper Wren Norwood stood out against Palmer and during a 3-0 loss to Colony on Friday.
“He was the player of the game by far,” Morton said of Norwood’s work against the Knights. “He made so many beautiful saves.”
Josh McKee got inside the box and scored during the 12th minute to give the Kards the early 1-0 lead. Backstopped by Norwood, the Kards were able to hold that advantage until the final minutes.
Kenai lost its grip of the lead, with the Palm penalty kick.
“It’s frustrating,” Morton said. “It’s soccer. It happens.”
Overall, Morton was pleased with things he saw during his team’s two-day stay in the Valley.
“We, as a team, played well. They had some opportunities, but I think we dominated the game,” Morton said of Kenai’s match against the Moose. “We played much better than yesterday. This was only our second game, and yesterday was only our second time playing on a real field.”
Colony’s Kyle Bolam, Harrison Menard and Chris Olsen scored goals against Kenai on Friday.