Sports Brief: Colony soccer sweeps Nikiski

Posted: Tuesday, April 05, 2011

The Colony soccer teams swept Nikiski on Monday at the Dome in Anchorage. The Colony boys won 8-0, while the girls won 5-0. It was the first game of the year for Nikiski. In fact, boys coach Jim Coburn said this was the earliest the program had ever played a game.

For that reason, Coburn and girls coach Mandy Adair said the trip was a success.

"Anytime you can get out of the gym in April, it is a victory," Coburn said.

Colony had already played a game this year against West Valley. The Knights also get to practice on a bigger surface at the Wasilla Sports Complex. Colony had the shots at 29-0 in the game, but Coburn said he thinks his squad had one shot on goal.

"They dominated the game," Coburn said. "There's no question about that."

Coburn said Kaden Spurgeon played his first game in goal for the Bulldogs and did a great job. The coach said he was able to rotate young players into the lineup and has a much better idea of how his varsity lineup will look.

Adair also said the game was key in forming her team.

"We have some juniors that have come out to play that have never played with us before," Adair said. "They are pretty athletic. To get out and compete before we normally do was a great opportunity."

The coach said Angie Parrish had a great game in goal. Junior Kinsey Martin, a newcomer, played at center midfield, while Kelsey Williams, a junior who missed last year due to a knee injury, did a good job at sweeper.

Nikiski plays Monday at the Dome against Palmer, with the girls starting at 11:30 a.m. and the boys starting at 1 p.m.

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