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Sports Briefs

Posted: Monday, April 29, 2002

Skyview has unsuccessful weekend road trip

The Skyview High School boys soccer team experienced a difficult road swing, losing three games in Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitna Valley.

The Panthers lost 6-0 versus Colony Thursday, 3-0 versus Palmer Friday, and 4-0 against Wasilla on Saturday.

Panthers coach Dave Carpenter said weather hindered much of his team's opportunity to practice before the Thursday game.

"That was our first time on the field," he said.

Carpenter said his team received a brash wake-up call against a well-put-together Colony team.

"We were overmatched," he said. "They were three weeks ahead of us and were pretty organized. They reminded our kids how to play."

The Panthers, Carpenter said, played even first half against the Palmer Bears Friday, keeping the score tied at 0 until misfortune stepped in and changed the game. He said a Palmer player, making a penalty shot, scored off the deflected attempt -- an illegal move.

"We had a talk with the referee after that," Carpenter said. "He apologized. But the kids were a little disheartened after that."

He said Palmer managed two more points in the second half.

Saturday, he said his team came out flat in the first half, allowing 3 Wasilla goals. A final Warrior goal in the second period capped the game.

Carpenter pointed to potential for success on his team, with defensive showing over the weekend, but said just having scoring attempts would help.

"We haven't shot at the goal yet in a game situation," he said. "Mike Bell had 13 saves (Friday). They weren't just chicken shot. They were really nice rocket shots that he had to come forward for.

"We had great performances by David Quelland at halfback, Josh Rowell at center, and a really super job by Josh Miller, at sweeper," Carpenter said. "Freshman Trevor (Barber) may have found a spot on the varsity at right forward."

Thursday

Colony 6, Skyview 0

Friday

Palmer 3, Skyview 0

Saturday

Wasilla 4, Skyview 0

Stars fall to Colony

Colony boys soccer 2, Soldotna 1

Soldotna High School boys soccer team collected a loss from Colony High School Saturday as the Stars were defeated 2-1.

"Colony scored within the first five minutes of the game," said Stars coach Jeff Siemers. "But we came back to even up the score at the 30-minute mark on a goal by Mike McIntosh."

Colony scored another goal half-way through the second half, however, to win the game. Siemers said his team did a good job, in spite of the loss.

"Overall, it was an evenly matched game," he said. "We just couldn't put the ball in the net."

Soldotna Girls 3, Houston 0

Jennifer Senette

Rachel Besse (2 pts.)

Colony 4, Soldotna 2

Jennifer Senette

Sam Penner

Roddick beats Sampras to defend title

HOUSTON -- Andy Roddick outslugged Pete Sampras to successfully defend his title in the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship, rolling to a 7-6 (9), 6-3 victory Sunday.

The 19-year-old Roddick had 13 aces to 12 for Sampras, who was trying to win a tournament for the first time since his seventh Wimbledon title in 2000. Sampras is winless in 25 events.



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