The Skyview High School girls soccer team played well under pressure in a pair of road losses, to Palmer Friday and to Colony on Saturday.
The Moose downed the Panthers 4-1, while the Knights took a 4-0 victory in Region III play.
"Palmer is one of the best teams in the league. Our kids did a nice job pushing up," said Skyview coach Tony Lewis. " ... (Against Colony) it was 0-0 at the half, so that was a moral victory for us. To keep what may be the best team in the state scoreless in the first half is a big step up for us."
Katie Kier scored Skyview's lone goal against Palmer, assisted by April Friedly. It was Skyview's only shot on goal.
"It was good for us to put one in and not to get shut out," Lewis said.
Skyview goalkeeper Ailis Vann made 21 saves against Colony.
"Ailis did an amazing job. She stopped balls I didn't think she had a shot at."
Unfortunately, a Panthers' own goal two minutes into the second half opened the door for the Knights.
"The own-goal kind of hurt," Lewis said. "The kids fell back on their heels. To have a goal like that is disheartening, and Colony scored again right after that."
The Knights scored again just one minute later.
Kenai girls 2, Homer 1
Kenai boys 4, Homer 1
The Kardinals left Homer with their first-ever sweep of the Mariners Friday at Homer.
In the girls game, Homer got off to an early one goal lead.
"It was just kind of a wake up call," said Kenai coach Dan Verkuilen. "It was a real difficult game. Homer plays a real physical game."
Even so, Kenai was able to wrest control of the game away from the Mariners on goals by Jessi Reilly and Cory Hershberger.
"They were getting to every loose ball," Hershberger said. "They had more heart than us."
Verkuilen said the Kards were carried to victory by their netminder, Stephanie Arbelovsky.
"Arbo did a great job in nets," he said.
The Kenai boys were able to break through the Mariners' physical game, said coach Dave Landry.
"We controlled the play," he said.
Kenai went up 3-0 in the first half on goals by J.D. Pault, Owen Brewer and Joel Reemtsma. In the second half, Richard Alexander converted a rebound off Pault's second penalty kick of the game.
Homer girls 2, Soldotna 0
Homer boys 1, Soldotna 0
The Mariners rebounded from a pair of losses Friday against Kenai to get a pair of shutouts Saturday against Soldotna.
"The boys game was a real physical game," said coach Harry Rasmussen of the 1-0 victory.
Both of the girls goals were scored by Alexis Hanson in the first half.
"It was a well-played game and the weather was great," summarized Rasmussen.
Palmer boys 4, Skyview 1
Colony boys 7, Skyview 1
Chris Hodel scored a pair of goals in as many games for the Panthers, though that was all the scoring Skyview would do to finish out their Valley trip.
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