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SoHi soccer sweeps Homer

Posted: April 30, 2013 - 10:02pm

The moose ambling by the fence Tuesday night at the corner of the Soldotna High School soccer field had better be careful.

There’s a pretty dangerous wolfpack on that field. Or, Wolfepack, to be more precise.

Miranda Wolfe had four goals and sister Kylee Wolfe added three as SoHi rolled past Homer 8-0 on Tuesday in Northern Lights Conference Southern Division action.

The Stars are now 2-0-1 overall and 1-0 in the division, while Homer falls to 1-1-1 and 0-1.

The Soldotna boys made it a clean sweep of the Mariners, coming back from an early deficit to notch a 3-1 victory. SoHi moved to 1-2 and 1-0, while Homer is 1-2 and 0-1.

After Kylee missed the first two games and Miranda played defense for the first two games, Miranda was moved up to striker and Kylee returned to her left midfielder spot for Tuesday’s match.

SoHi coach Jimmy Love said he lost some speed in the back from last year, so he put Miranda back there to give him more speed. Even on defense, Miranda, who played striker last year as a freshman, had a goal last weekend.

So Love decided to move her back up front.

“I guess you could say I made the right decision,” he said.

The first two goals, in the 10th and 22nd minutes, were set up by runs up the right side by Kelci Benson. On the first, Benson found Miranda running in the box. Miranda cracked a shot on net, and Kylee put in the rebound.

On the second, Benson crossed to an open Kylee, who put the ball away.

Miranda then gave the Stars a 3-0 lead before the half when she was fouled in the box in the 34th minute and completed the penalty kick.

“They just finish and play it simple,” Love said of the Wolfes. “They don’t overcomplicate things.”

Miranda, who said after the game she has always had a nose for the goal since starting the game at 6, had three goals in the first 11 minutes of the second half. On the first, she broke down the middle and scored.

The second and third were mirror images of each other. First came a corner kick from the right corner by Julie Litchfield, which Miranda nodded into the back of the net. Just two minutes later, Litchfield and Miranda again hooked up, this time from the left corner.

SoHi finished up the scoring when Natalie Kress scored on an assist from Emily Werner and Kylee completed her hat trick.

“We just played to feet and had a lot of communication,” Miranda said.

Love agreed.

“Today was much better,” he said. “It was the old style. We played to feet. We had some nice finishes and our communication was tenfolds better.”

Despite losing Miranda to the forward position, Love said the defense held up fine. He said the defensive effort was led by strong communication between Alex Ashe in the center and goalie Katelynn Kerkvliet.

Homer looked solid in drubbing Houston on the road and earning a tie with Wasilla, but SoHi showed the Mariners another level of soccer.

“I’ve always had the philosophy that you play the best teams in order to get better,” Homer coach Mickey Todd said. “It’s hard to play really good soccer until you see what really good soccer can be.”

Todd said he is missing three starters to injury right now, but added that even a healthy squad would not have stopped the Stars.

“They have great ballhandling skill, they’re well-disciplined and they know the game well,” he said.

He gave freshman Sam Draves credit for continuing to fill in for the starter in goal. He said Draves had not played in goal until the games started on Friday.

In the boys game, Kenneth Schneider staked Homer to the lead just 12 minutes into the game when he put home a shot that Peter Ellert had clanked off the post.

“We kept our heads up and we continued to play well,” SoHi coach Jeff Siemers said of the reaction to the early goal.

Just six minutes later, Cory Carver knotted up the game when he scored on an assist from Cameron Grothe.

In the 61st minute, Ty Fenton headed in a cross from Grothe for the lead. Carver then iced the game with two minutes to play, scoring on an assist from Charalambos Asimakopoulos.

Siemers said Jared Tovoli played a solid game at right midfield, while Kayne North was steady in goal after Homer’s early strike.

The SoHi girls next face Seward at SoHi today at 3:30 p.m., while the boys host Ketchikan on Friday at 5:30 p.m. for their next game.

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