The Kenai Kardinals flew circles around the visiting Seward Seahawks on the soccer field Saturday.
The Kardinal girls defeated Seward 3-0 while the boys went on to win 5-2.
The girls pressured the Seward defense early and often keeping goalie Jamie Fredrickson on her toes throughout the match.
The Kardinal defense also played strong and goalie Stephanie Arbelovsky saw only a handful of shots on her way to the shutout.
Senior Kristi Knudsen broke open the scoring 14 minutes into the game. She converted on Jamie Montgomery's pass from the right side, putting the ball over the reaching Fredrickson.
Fifteen minutes later, a scramble in front of the Seward net resulted in a shot by Cory Hershberger hitting defender Ruth Banse in the chest. Banse couldn't keep the ball out of the net and Kenai took a 2-0 lead.
Jessi Reilly converted on a breakaway six minutes into the second half to close off the scoring.
Kenai got several more strong scoring opportunities but Fredrickson used everything at her disposal, including the goal posts, to keep the ball out of the net.
"She comes up big all the time," Seward coach Karol Fink said of the sophomore.
Overall, Fink was satisfied with her team's performance.
"I thought we did a great job," she said. "Last year we lost to Kenai 8-0."
The Kardinals also walked off the field feeling positive about their effort.
"That was probably some of the best we've played as a team," said Hershberger. "We were able to do some team things -- passes, give-and-gos."
With the win, Kenai improved its record to 4-0 for the season.
"Every single game we play and win, we get more confident," Hershberger said. "We're feeling pretty good about ourselves."
The boys team was feeling pretty good later in the day after besting the Seahawks 5-2.
As in the girls game, Kenai came out strong and took an early lead. Unlike it, though, the Seahawks put up quite a fight, testing goalkeeper Sean Nuccio several times in the first half.
The Kards used their power game to run over the defenders on the way to the net. Joel Reemtsma got the first goal of the game on just such a breakaway charge at the 11th minute.
Two minutes later, Reemtsma looked to repeat the same maneuver, but goalie Andrew Dickson snatched the ball off Reemtsma's foot with a sliding challenge.
Minutes later, Greg Landua's deflected shot made it past the harried Dickson after he had made several solid saves.
On an almost identical crash-the-net play several minutes later Reemtsma converted on a one-time shot from Landua.
After the break, both teams came out and played a slightly more open style compared to the closer, more physical first half.
Immediately, Reemtsma capitalized on a breakaway opportunity, completing his hat trick and putting the Kards up 4-0.
There would be 20 minutes of give-and-go play up and down the field before Michael Gunther broke Nuccio's shutout bid with a quick, short shot into the back of the net.
At the game's 78th minute, Kenai's Travis Haskin scored on a rebound from Trent Thomas. It was the senior's first high school goal.
Seward's Ty Stone would make a penalty shot during injury time to establish the 5-2 final score.
Coach Dave Landry said the key to his team's success this weekend is the midfielders.
"It's how we control the midfield that's so critical," he said.
Landry said the Kardinals still have room for improvement and that is their primary goal.
"Every game we're getting a little bit better," he said.
"We're a young team. We're still learning."
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