Soldotna sweeps Mariners

Posted: Thursday, April 30, 2009

The Soldotna girls began the defense of their Northern Lights Conference crown in style.

Jessi Stenga and Emily Rohloff each had a goal and an assist in leading the visiting Stars to a 4-0 win over Homer on Wednesday in their first NLC contest of the young season.

SoHi last year capped a 12-0 campaign with a win over Wasilla in the conference championship game.

"It's nice to get off to a start there, get that first victory under our belt," said Stars coach Mike Tovoli. "We're happy. We got a chance to play a lot of the younger kids, get them some playing time ... I got to sub a lot and it was a good experience for all."

Rohloff opened the scoring off an assist from Stenga just seven minutes into the game and then returned the favor to Jenna Redford, who headed in a corner kick from Rohloff in the 14th minute for a 2-0 lead.

In the 31st minute, Sydney Goggia scored off an assist from Phoebe Napolitano in sending Soldotna (2-3-1) into the break with a commanding 3-0 cushion.

Stenga then capped the scoring with an unassisted effort with two minutes to go.

"It was great to get out to a quick start," said Tovoli, whose team plays Kenai on Saturday. "We had several opportunities on goal but just didn't cash in on them.

"We did a real nice job of distributing the ball to one another," he added. "Some great passing, some great communication and overall great play."

Soldotna boys 5 Homer 0

Matt Grubb scored twice and Jeff Mullen, Blaine Carver and Anthony Griglione all found the back of the net once in leading the Stars to a NLC win at Homer.

"These are the important games for the regional standings," said SoHi coach Jeff Siemers, whose team led 4-0 at halftime. "So these are the ones we want to win."

Daniel Geller posted a shutout in goal for the Stars, who are now 2-2-1 and travel to Kenai on Saturday.

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