The Kenai boys soccer team tied defending state champion Colony Saturday 1-1 in a game played at Colony High School.
The Knights had a 1-0 lead until about 11 minutes remaining, when Adrian Borchgrevink scored the equalizer. Greg Landua started the play with a throw-in to Marcus Webster. Webster played the ball to the far post, where Borchgrevink put it in with one touch.
Although it was very sunny at Colony, it also was very windy. The Kardinals had the wind in their faces in the first half but still managed to get a penalty kick, although they missed it.
The Knights did score one goal with the wind at their backs, but in general goalie Eric Nyce did an excellent job of thwarting scoring opportunities. The Kardinals also received solid play from the defense, particularly Corey Janson, and from midfielder Landua.
Making the tie even more impressive is that Kenai had only practiced on grass twice before the game.
The Kardinals warmed up for the Colony game Friday with a 6-0 stomping of Houston at Colony High. That was Kenai's first game of the year.
Nyce and Ross Baldwin combined for a shutout in the game, while Borchgrevink had two goals, Landua had a goal and an assist, Nick Barnes had two assists and Ben Haring had a goal and an assist.
Also scoring goals for Kenai were Owen Brewer and Jose Arroyo. Others collecting assists for the Kardinals were Wally Ward and Richard Alexander.
Skyview girls 4, Grace 0
The Panthers opened up their season with a shutout of Grace Christian in a Region III match at the Anchorage Football Stadium.
Skyview took a 2-0 lead at the half on goals from Christina Colvin in the 27th minute and Katie Verba, assisted by Jamie Beever, in the 30th minute.
Marina Holt scored a pair of second-half goals for the Panthers. Holt notched an unassisted tally in the 73 minute, then finished off a cross from Amy Lambe five minutes later.
"The first two goals were from outside the (18-yard) box. They were both nice shots," said Skyview coach Tony Lewis. "The assist from Amy was real nice. She took the ball from behind midfield up the right sideline, beat a couple players, drew the defense to her and made a nice cross."
Lewis said he hadn't noticed Lambe's speed on the outside during the team's training sessions in the gym, but it quickly became evident on a full-sized pitch.
Lewis credited Melissa Bixby with a strong game at center midfield and said stopper Jenny Carpenter was able to shut down just about every Grizzly foray across the midfield strip. Skyview keeper Ailis Vann recorded one save for the shutout.
"I was really pleased," Lewis said. "It was out first time on a big field. We used the whole field and stayed wide, which is difficult to do when you haven't been outside."
Homer boys 2, Nikiski 0
Palmer boys 3, Nikiski 0
David Bayes and Rudy Multz scored for the Mariners as Homer opened its season with a Region III win over visiting Nikiski.
The Bulldogs (0-2-0) were coming off a season-opening loss to Palmer Friday in Anchorage.
Bayes nodded home a header in the 33rd minute of the match Saturday, assisted by Mert Anameric. Multz scored eight minutes into the second half, assisted by Russ Kuipers.
Homer keeper Aaron Smith earned the shutout.
Nikiski coach Jim Coburn said the Bulldogs' keeper, Josh Winters, also played a stellar game, making a school-record 22 saves.
Coburn said he has been impressed with Chris McCaughey and his efforts on the left side of the defense, shutting down his man in both games. Right defender Kyle Alexander also had a strong match against Homer.
Kenai girls 2, Houston 1
Colony girls 5, Kenai 2
The Kardinals started out their season Friday with a 2-1 victory over the Hawks.
Houston netted the first goal of the game 20 minutes into the first half.
"We had eight new kids playing positions they haven't played before," said Kenai coach Dan Verkuilen. "We got off the bus with Houston and there was a half hour until game time.
"We came out pretty flat, but I think that first goal woke them up."
About 15 minutes after falling behind, Kenai's Kirsten Ehrhardt tied the game when she scored on a corner kick. In the second half, Jessi Reilly scored the game-winner when she volleyed in a cross from Rachel Knowles.
The Kardinals also got off to a slow start against the Knights, allowing three goals in the first 23 minutes of the 5-2 loss.
"That Colony game was sweet," Verkuilen said. "We were with them shot for shot, they're just still a little more slick at finishing the ball."
In the game, Kenai's goals came from Karli Knudsen, on an assist from Jamie Montgomery, and Reilly, on an assist from Erin Smith.
Skyview boys 5, Grace 4
The Panthers opened up their season with a win over Grace on the Anchorage Football Stadium turf.
Ty Edward netted a hat trick in the first half for the Panthers, including two goals in the first five minutes. Leon Galbraith tallied twice for the Panthers, including a goal, assisted by Brendan Martin, just 1:11 into the match.
Edward scored his first goal, and unassisted strike, at 4:40 of the first half, and followed that with a score off a direct kick just a minute later.
Edward completed the hat trick with six minutes to play in the first half, and set up Galbraith's second goal at 6:24 of the second half.
Grace netted a goal in the first half and three in the second half.
"Those first three goals came so fast, it looked like it was going to be a cakewalk," Skyview coach Dave Carpenter said. "We started shuffling kids through, and we didn't get our rhythm back in the second half."
Carpenter said Travis Endsley played a strong match at stopper while Mitchell Burdick had a solid effort in goal.
Homer girls 4, Nikiski 1
Palmer girls 3, Nikiski 0
The Homer Mariners started their season off with a Region III victory at home over the Nikiski Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs dropped their first match of the season Friday to the Palmer Moose in Anchorage.
Nikiski (0-2-0) and Homer (1-0-0) were tied at one at the half, but the Mariners scored three times in the second half to secure the win.
Homer's Fianna Condon picked up her second goal of the game on a penalty kick 12 minutes into the second half. Syverine Abrahamson followed that with a goal in the 26th minute and Alex Drathman converted her penalty kick for the Mariners with three minutes left in the match.
Laura-Beth Covich tallied for the Bulldogs, notching an unassisted goal 35 minutes into the first half.
Nikiski coach Richard Kelso was impressed with the play of his defense, including Karen Rabung in goal and Rainey Reilly, Kayle Meyer and Aurora Zinck across the back.
"I thought we played fairly well," Kelso said. "Our midfield worked hard."
The Bulldogs were coming off a 3-0 loss to Palmer on the Anchorage Football Stadium turf Friday.
"It was a bit strange for us, but we worked hard as we normally do," Kelso said.
Kelso credited Reilly, Covich, Annie Duttle, April Lofstedt and Amanda Weaver with a strong effort against the Moose.
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