Three games into the season, the Skyview girls soccer team is unbeaten -- and winless, too.
The Panthers, who opened the campaign with a 1-1 draw against Kenai Central on Thursday, played to draws against Hutchison on Friday and Seward on Saturday.
"I hadn't had a tie in 15 years," coach David Carpenter said. "We haven't lost, but we haven't beaten anybody. It's like we're playing to the competition."
Carpenter was happy with the season-opening draw against Kenai Central because the Kards outplayed Skyview in most areas of the game.
On Friday in nonconference play, however, the tone was different.
Skyview opened a 2-0 lead in the first half on a pair of goals from striker Alicia West -- who netted the only goal in Thursday's game against Kenai Central -- but let the lead slip away with two defensive miscues.
Hutchison scored twice in two minutes before halftime, cutting into the lead on Shayna Thomas' goal in the 35th minute and pulling even on a Yata Davis strike in the 37th.
Skyview suffered defensive breakdowns on both plays, giving Hutchison open looks against Skyview goalkeeper Amanda McDowell.
"You can't expect her to bail you out every time," Carpenter said of McDowell. "Goalies will make those saves seven out of 10 times -- with Amanda it's more like nine out of 10 -- but we just had mental lapses."
The Hawks had a chance for the lead on a free kick from straightaway in the 57th minute, but McDowell made a diving one-handed save on a bending shot to her right.
West was active on the left wing all day, but didn't get any clear looks over the closing 40 minutes. She said she's at her best in open space, where she can use her speed and take quick shots.
Those opportunities, she added, will come as the team gains chemistry.
"We just need to work on our communication and spacing," West said. "But I think we are doing really well."
On Saturday in Northern Lights Conference Southern Division play, Skyview moved to 0-0-3, and 0-0-2 in the division, in a 1-1 draw against Seward.
The Seahawks took a 1-0 lead shortly into the second half on a goal from Catie Zweifel. About 10 minutes later, Nicole Trombley tied the score for Skyview.
Rebecca Egan started in goal in place of McDowell, who was unavailable.
The Panthers visit SoHi at 3:30 p.m. Monday and host Homer at 4 p.m. Saturday.
"We're going to have to step it up," Carpenter said.
Hutchison boys 7, Skyview 3
Minutes after a season-opening loss, Skyview boys soccer coach Rustin Hitchcock shuddered at the idea of losing his starting goalkeeper.
"It wouldn't be pretty," he said following an 8-0 setback against Kenai Central on Thursday.
Guess what happened a day later?
Goalkeeper Preston Penrod limped off the field and never returned after a collision in the penalty box during a 7-3 nonconference loss at home against Hutchison on Friday.
The score was tied 2-2 in the first half when Penrod banged into a Hutchison player head-on in a race for the ball in front of the goal.
Although he played against Seward on Saturday, he didn't return to goal on Friday.
The Hawks (2-1-0) scored five goals in the second half in a span of 19 minutes -- two on penalty kicks -- to blow the game open against Skyview's reserve keeper.
Hutchison coach Dave Veazey said the turnaround happened because his squad began playing to its potential -- not so much because of the play in goal.
Kris Kozak scored Hutchison's first three goals, while Haydon Nilson had two. Brothers Peter and Christian Shurr each scored once.
"Our guys started moving the ball around and playing like we are capable of playing," Veazey said. "They came out overconfident, but in the second half they started to play their game."
On Saturday in the NLC Southern Division, Seward defeated Skyview 6-2 behind a pair of goals from Gabe Stovall. Four other Seward players found the back of the net.
Skyview visits SoHi at 5:30 p.m. Monday and hosts Homer at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
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