Nikiski girls topple Hutchison

Posted: Friday, April 23, 2010

The Nikiski girls soccer team beat Hutchison 2-0 in Thursday action played at The Dome in Anchorage. The boys tied 3-3.

Hillary Bogard and Cydney Spurgeon scored for the girls. Logan Tuttle provided the assist on Spurgeon's goal.

For the team's first time playing outside, head coach Mandy Adair wasn't sure what to expect. But she said she was happy with the end result.

"The girls really came together," Adair said.

She said much of the game was evenly matched, but her squad picked its play up toward the end.

Nikiski boys 3, Hutchison 3

Stefan Krogseng had two goals for the Bulldogs and Sam Taylor added a tally.

Nikiski dominated the second half but Hutchison's keeper played well, said Bulldogs head coach Jim Coburn.

"We were on their side the whole half," he said. "Their goalie stood up pretty tall."

Thursday's game was just the second time all season Nikiski has played on a regulation-size field, as April snow has kept central peninsula soccer indoors thus far.

"We are definitely trying to shake the rust off from not playing on the field all year," Coburn said.

Nikiski's only other time spent on a field was a 10-0 loss to Colony on April 8 in Anchorage. It's difficult to play a game without practicing on a field, Coburn said.

Though he wanted a victory, Coburn said he was happy with the improvement his team made in the second half of the game.

Nikiski's girls play at Houston today at 4 p.m. The boys follow at 6 p.m.

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