Stars sweep East

Posted: Sunday, April 25, 2010

The Soldotna girls and boys soccer teams both picked up victories over East High on Saturday in Anchorage.

The boys topped the Thunderbirds 2-0 after losing to Chugiak 4-0 on Friday. The girls defeated East 2-1 after playing to a scoreless draw with the Mustangs on Friday.

Soldotna boys coach Jeff Siemers said that Friday was the first time his team got on a field all year and it showed against a good Chugiak team. On Saturday, the Stars won behind goals from Blaine Carver, assisted by Cody Carver, and Cody Carver, assisted by Robbie Smithwick. Cody Vandehey got the shutout in goal.

"It's good to come away from a quick trip to Anchorage with a win under our belt," Siemers said.

On Friday, Soldotna girls coach Mike Tovoli said his core players -- Shana Powell, Katie VanMeter, Kassie Sheridan and Kaili Sholin -- helped the team play well.

"We played very well for it being our first time out," Tovoli said. "We came together against a quality opponent. We were a little tentative in the first half on the big surface."

On Saturday, Tovoli said his team came out a little sluggish after playing the night before and fell behind 1-0. Just before the end of the first half, Casey Coupchiak tied the game on an assist from Erica Byerly. About 15 minutes into the second half, Sholin scored the game winner on an assist from Powell.

Tovoli said Kylee Woodford played a solid game on defense and Emily Rohloff was key in the midfield. Goalies Jenna Redford and Sheridan combined for the shutout.

It didn't take long for the Wasilla Warriors to get started Saturday afternoon.

Senior Jake Barber knocked a ball off the crossbar and into the net during the first minute to spark Wasilla during a win over the Seward Seahawks at Wasilla High School.

"Jake started things off 45 seconds in, so that was good," Wasilla head coach Blake Livingston said.

Wasilla scored three times during the first 19 minutes en route to improving 2-1-0 overall.

"We had good possession and focused on the speed of play after the first touch," Livingston said. "Our whole emphasis today was to do the small things that will make us better as the season progresses."

Paul Sliwa, Dustin Hout and Kyler Perry each scored a pair of goals for Wasilla.

Sliwa knocked a shot off of the fingertips of Seward goalkeeper John Treece during the 15th minute to give the Warriors the two-goal advantage. Treece deflected Sliwa's hard shot from inside the box just underneath the crossbar.

Four minutes later, Hout scored the first of his two goals to push Wasilla's lead to 3-0. Sliwa also scored during the final minute of the first half.

Early in the second, Hout found the inside of the left corner of the net to give Wasilla the five-goal lead. Perry scored during the 52nd and 68th minutes to round out the Wasilla scoring.

Gabe Stovall scored during the 58th minute to put the Seahawks on the scoreboard. Sammy Pfluger scored for Seward during the 63rd minute.

It was a night of firsts for the Colony Knights Friday.

Three Colony players scored the first varsity goal in their career as the Knights played for the first time at Colony High School this season. Rick Peschel, Jake Hanchett and Alex Conrad each chipped in the first goal of their careers as the Knights stormed past Seward at CHS.

Peschel, who typically mans the defensive side of the field, ran into offensive third and knocked in a shot off a Matt Kelly cross during the 23rd minute to give the Knights the 3-0 lead.

Hanchett netted his first varsity score, with an assist from Grant Krueger during the 42nd minute. Hanchett also scored again in the 68th minute.

Conrad gave Colony the 6-1 lead with a goal in the 62nd minute.

James Meaney also scored twice for the Knights, which received other goals from Krueger, Hunter Fisher and Aaron Richardson.

Seward capitalized off a Colony turnover and scored its goal, off its lone shot, during the 52nd minute.

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