Soldotna girls 8, Ketchikan 0
The Soldotna girls improved to 4-0-1 by winning in sloppy conditions at Soldotna on Friday in nonconference play.
Soldotna coach Jimmy Love said there was standing water on a lot of the field due to showers Thursday and early Friday.
“With the way the field conditions were, play wasn’t as grand as we would have liked,” Love said. “The girls on both teams persevered. That probably says more about the girls than anything else.”
Love said a pass would either stop in a puddle or skip off a puddle, making stringing passes together impossible.
Natalie Kress, assisted by Kylee Wolfe and Skylar Shaw, scored just two minutes into the game. Wolfe scored unassisted at the 17-minute mark, and Kelci Benson, assisted by Juliet Bramante, scored before the close of the half.
The second half started with goals by Julie Litchfield, one assisted by Taryn McCubbins and the other by Wolfe. The last three goals were McCubbins from Shaw and Benson, Olivia Conradi from Benson and McCubbins, and Benson from Reagan Schoessler and Shaw.
The Stars girls travel to face Kenai at 5:15 p.m. Saturday.
Soldotna boys 1, Ketchikan 1
For the second straight game, the Kings were caught in stoppage time for the tie in nonconference play.
Two minutes into injury time, Cory Carver scored on a feed from Matti Silta to tie the game. On Thursday, Skyview had scored late to tie the Kings.
Ketchikan had taken the lead with a goal off a free kick in the first half.
“It was really sloppy, probably the most sloppy field I’ve seen,” said Soldotna coach Jeff Siemers, who has been coaching for over 10 years.
Siemers said he was happy his team was able to stay healthy heading into a 3:30 p.m. game at Kenai on Saturday.
Seward girls 3, Skyview 0
It’s rare that the Seahawks get a game in on their home field. It’s rarer still that the Seahawks are able to notch a home victory.
The Northern Lights Conference Southern Division game was the first home game for Seward in two years and the first home victory in four years.
“For our seniors, it’s their first home win,” Seward coach Tim Lebling said. “It’s good, especially for the home folks who came out to watch the game in the rain.
“Give credit to Skyview. They played a tough game and didn’t let up. We appreciate them making the trip over in rainy conditions.”
Neeka Erchinger scored unassisted for Seward about 25 minutes into the game for a 1-0 lead at the half. Just 10 minutes into the second half, Gretchen Lindquist, assisted by Hana Stoval, scored for a 2-0 lead. Maria Jackson knocked in a corner kick from Lindquist to ice the win.
Cambria Robinson kept a clean sheet in the net for the Seahawks.
“It was a great team effort of winning 50-50 balls,” Lebling said. “We’ve found that when we’re winning those 50-50 balls, it usually means we’re doing well in the match.”
Skyview coach David Carpenter said Nicole Tromblee played well in the front, while Sawyer Link was solid at sweeper.
Seward moved to 1-1 in the conference and 2-3 overall. Skyview fell to 0-4 and 0-2.
Seward travels to Nikiski on Monday for a 4 p.m. game.
Skyview hosts Houston at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Soldotna High School. The boys game follows at 1 p.m.