The Soldotna girls soccer team opened their season with a 3-1 win over Grace Christian at the Dome in Anchorage on Tuesday.
The Stars got goals from Miranda Wolfe, Skylar Shaw and Reagan Schoessler, and goalie Katelynn Kerkvliet nearly had the shutout win, but Grace scored with five minutes left in the game.
“Overall the game went well, and it was a good time to figure out things we need to focus on for the season,” said SoHi coach Jimmy Love.
Wolfe’s goal in the 32nd minute left SoHi with a 1-0 lead at halftime, and the team padded its lead in the second half. Shaw’s goal came only four minutes into the second half (assisted by Shae VanMeter) and Schoessler’s about 19 minutes into the half (assisted by Natalie Kress and Olivia Conradi).
Earlier in the day, the SoHi boys lost 3-2 to Grace Christian, also at the Dome.
The Stars stormed out to an early lead, getting goals from Ty Fenton in the ninth minute and Cory Carver at the 15th minute, resulting in a 2-0 lead at halftime.
However, Grace got its revenge in the second half, starting with a goal in the 55th minute, an own-goal from Soldotna, then winning the game with five minutes left.
“I think we played well for being on a large field for the first time this year,” said SoHi coach Jeff Siemers. “We came out well and scored, but just missed opportunities to score in the second half. We had plenty of possession.”
Both Soldotna teams will play up in the Valley this weekend, with games against Palmer on Friday and Colony on Saturday. All games will be at Colony, since the fields elsewhere are not yet playable due to the conditions.