SkyHi blanks Colony

Posted: Sunday, April 18, 2004

The Skyview boys soccer team set a new high mark and a new low mark Friday at Colony High School.

The Panthers defeated the Knights 2-0 for Skyview's first victory over Colony in Skyview's history.

That's the high mark.

The low mark was the condition of the pitch, which Skyview coach Dave Carpenter called the worst his team has ever played on.

Making matters worse is the fact the players were not allowed to wear cleats for fear of making the field worse.

"It just made for a lot of slipping and a lot of sliding around," Carpenter said. "It created breaks in the flow."

Carpenter wasn't about to complain, though, because he said it was nice to finally get a game in this year.

Even nicer was the program's first victory over Colony. The Panthers were the top seed from the Southern Division last year, but the Knights cut short Skyview's season last year with a win in the first round of the Region III Tournament.

"Watching the reaction of the kids, after the game was over, they came off the field as if they were expecting the game to go that way," Carpenter said of Friday's victory. "It did feel good to get a little even, but these kids know it wasn't the region tournament.

"These kids still know what is out in front of them."

After a scoreless first half, Kyle Eshleman got the Panthers on the board 13 minutes into the second half.

Elliott Gauthier dribbled just inside the penalty area and fired a shot on goal. The Colony goalkeeper made the save, but the rebound kicked out right to a waiting Eshleman.

Then, 28 minutes into the second half, the Panthers took advantage of a restart to push the lead to 2-0. Trevor Barber hit a perfect cross to Sebastian Spicher, who calmly headed the ball into the net.

Two goals would be more than enough for the Panthers, as keeper Matt Stalnik recorded a shutout while stopping 10 shots.

Carpenter said Stalnik only had to make two really hard saves all day thanks to his defense.

Gabe Fellman played sweeper for the Panthers, while Chatchay Apaipak was the sweeper. Other defenders were Richard Derkavorkian and Cory Fowler.

"We matched up man-to-man with them real well," Carpenter said. "We had better speed at both ends of the field."

The Panthers, who are scheduled to host Nikiski Tuesday at 6 p.m., were able to put 13 shots on goal.

Grace Christian sweeps Seward

The Grace Christian soccer teams picked up victories over Seward Friday at Anchorage Football Stadium.

In the girls game, the Grizzlies won by a 7-0 score, with Grace Christian junior Ally Irving netting five goals. Dakota Stranik and Rachel Lucia also found the back of the net for the Grizzlies.

In the boys game, the Grizzlies notched a 3-0 victory. Steve Booher, Brenden Elkins and Nick Ravella had goals for the Grizzlies.

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