PALMER — Lorie Miner expected Soldotna to provide her team with arguably its most difficult test of the young season. Following a tough 1-1 draw with the Stars on Saturday, the longtime Colony girls head coach said she would have liked to see the Northern Lights Conference rivals face off when high winds didn’t rule the day.
“We couldn’t find our passing game. The wind was whipping,” Miner said following the game.
Rebecca Mackey notched the lone goal for the Knights, scoring off a direct kick following a foul in the first half. Mackey’s score gave CHS the 1-0 lead. Skylar Shaw scored with the assist from Emily Werner one minute later to tie the game for Soldotna (1-0-1 overall).
The Stars goal snapped Colony’s streak of more than five full matches without allowing a goal. In six prior matches this season, Colony had only allowed a goal to Wasilla in the first half of its season opener.
Soldotna had 10 shots on goal.
“We knew they’d be a tough team,” Miner said.
Soldotna coach Jimmy Love said he is satisfied with the improvement the team continues to show each week.
“We probably didn’t have the results we ultimately wanted, but it’ll do for now,” Love said. “It was time to get all our ducks in a row.”
Colony boys 4, Soldotna 0
The Colony boys scored all four of its goals during the first half of a shutout win over Soldotna on Saturday.
Andrew Knowles and Kyle Bolam each scored twice for the undefeated Knights. Knowles scored off a pair of Colony corner kicks, accounting for his team’s first and fourth goals. Jake Spannagel set up each of Knowles’ goals.
Bolam used his goals to help the Knights push their advantage to 3-0.
“Probably team play overall,” Colony head coach Jeremy Johnson said of what stood out during the four-goal first half. “We were really knocking the ball around, creating chances on crosses.”
Sean Haley earned the shutout in the Knights net.
Soldotna coach Jeff Siemers was happy to have held Colony scoreless in the second half, as goalkeeper Kane North held the Knights at bay for the 40 minutes.
“When you’ve been playing inside the whole season, the outside elements really affect you psychologically and physically as well,” Siemers said.
SoHi’s next game is at home against Homer on Tuesday.
The Stars’ scheduled game against Palmer on Friday was cancelled due to field conditions.
Wasilla boys 4, Homer 0
Playing into the wind during the entire first half, Wasilla scored three of its four goals and posted a shutout win over Homer on Saturday at WHS.
“Homer put on a lot of pressure in the first 10 minutes or so. We were able to counter, and get a goal. It seemed like that changed momentum a little bit,” Wasilla head coach Blake Livingston said.
Elijah Crawford provided that momentum-changing goal, finishing a shot created by Kyler Perry.
Perry, Wasilla’s senior captain, took the ball deep into the corner, and put it in front of the goal for Crawford.
Perry converted a penalty kick in the first half, and Grig Lozko also scored to give Wasilla the three-goal lead at the intermission.
Lozko added his second goal of the game in the second half. Corey Hogan earned the shutout in the Wasilla net.
“Clearly they were the better team today,” said Homer coach Warren Waldorf.
Homer boys 11, Houston 0
The Mariners dominated the Hawks on Friday, charging out of the gate for a 5-0 lead at the half.
Peter Ellert notched four goals for Homer, teammate Ethan Kizzia added two goals, Konstantin Reutov had a goal and three assists and Drew Brown and Connor McCarron each had one goal.
Even Homer goalie Grant Arseneau got in on the action, scoring twice in the second half, as Brown took over goal duties in the second half, but suffered a leg injury which had coach Waldorf concerned.
“We had him X-rayed but we don’t think there’s a fracture, but there’s definitely some deep contusions,” Waldorf said.
Homer girls 2, Wasilla 2
In girls’ action, wind dictated the flow of Wasilla’s tie with Homer on Saturday.
Homer, playing with the wind at its back, scored a pair of first-half goals to give the Mariners a 2-0 lead. Mady Gerard took advantage of an early handball from Wasilla and converted a penalty kick in the sixth minute. Gerard notched her second goal of the game in the 36th minute to give Homer a 2-0 lead at halftime.
Wasilla, playing with the wind during the final 40 minutes, forced the tie with a pair of second-half goals.
Freshman Addie Mesick popped in a rebound about 10 minutes into the second half to cut Homer’s lead in half. Makayla Branson knocked in a loose ball during a scramble in front of the net to tie the score with about 10 minutes remaining in regulation.
“It was kind of like playing two different games with the wind,” Homer coach Mickey Todd said. “It was brutal.”
Homer girls 8, Houston 0
Mady Gerard had four goals in helping the Mariners to a overwhelming win over the Hawks on Friday.
Hope Hudson chipped in with two goals and Maggie Koplin had one goal and four assists,
Homer is scheduled to play Soldotna on Tuesday, and will entertain Nikiski for their first home game on Thursday.
Seward girls 2, Houston 0
The Seahawks took a long overdue win on Saturday in the Valley, shutting out the Hawks for their first win in over two years, according to coach Tim Lebling.
“It’s a good milestone for the girls to get,” Lebling said. “After last week, playing bigger schools, it was good to get out there and play our game, it was a good morale win for us.”
Gretchen Lindquist scored in the 10th minute, and Hana Stovall added a second goal at the 58-minute mark.
Seward goalkeeper Cambria Robinson only faced three shots on net.
Seward will travel up to Soldotna on Wednesday, then will host Skyview on Friday for their first home game.
Wasilla boys 8, Skyview 0
Grig Lozko and Elijah Crawford each scored a pair of goals to lead Wasilla to the win over Skyview Friday at Wasilla High.
Ethan Keenan and Nate Hanson also scored first-half goals for Wasilla. Kyler Perry and Zach McCann scored in the second half.
Alexis Abbott and Teyonnah Williams scored to lead Wasilla to a 2-0 girls win over the Panthers.
The Soldotna and Seward games were cancelled on Friday due to issues concerning the availability of fields.
Grace Christian girls 6, Skyview 1
The Grizzlies got three first-half goals enroute to a win on Saturday.
Nicole Tromblee got an assist from Taylor Wilson in the 52nd minute to put the Panthers on the board, which closed Grace’s lead to 3-1.
Wasilla girls 2, Skyview 0
The Warriors defeated Skyview on Friday with two first-half goals.
“They played pretty solid in the second half, we got our looks at the net,” said Skyview coach David Carpenter. “We still have some things to work out, but I’m pretty pleased with the team.”
Carpenter also mentioned that Skyview goalie Dallas Derflinger did well in making some crucial saves.
Skyview will travel to Kenai Central on Wednesday for their next matchup.
Colony girls 6, Nikiski 0
The Bulldogs suffered a shutout on Friday at Colony, as the Knights were able to score three goals in each half and cruise to the win.
Freshman Peyton Johnstone posted a hat trick for Colony.
The final goal of the game came on a penalty, brought on by a hand ball from a Nikiski player in the box.
“We know that Colony is a really strong squad, but we got some good experience,” Nikiski coach Mandy Adair said. “We’re continuing to improve and getting better at playing defense.”
Colony boys 3, Nikiski 0
Jake Spannagel scored twice to lead the Colony boys to a 3-0 win over Nikiski on Friday. Asher Dale also scored.
Greyson Grediagin earned the shutout for Colony.
Nikiski coach Jim Coburn said he thinks Colony is one of the best teams in the Northern Lights Conference.
Lincoln Johnson had 14 saves in goal for Nikiski, and Coburn said he wanted to mention the defensive effort of Devon Berry, Garrett Feller and Josh Brown.
Nikiski will face Kenai on Monday.
The Peninsula Clarion contributed to this story