Sports Briefs

Posted: Thursday, May 05, 2011

Kenai booters sweep Seward

The Kenai Central girls and boys soccer teams swept host Seward on Wednesday in Northern Lights Conference Southern Division action. The girls won 2-0, while the boys took a 3-2 contest.

The Kenai girls improved to 3-0-1 in the division and overall with another dominant defensive effort. Starting goalie Sydney Taylor earned her third shutout of the year, as Kenai coach Dan Verkuilen said the Seahawks did not get a shot on goal. The Kardinals have allowed just one goal all year.

Lauren Schams started a scoring play just three minutes into the game when she played the ball to Jen Calhoun. Calhoun found Vanessa Anderson, who drilled a 25-yard shot over the top of the goalie.

Kenai would not dent the net again until the 75th minute, when Raquelle Reynolds scored on an assist from Taylor Ostrander.

Verkuilen said Allie McGahan, Shelby Toombs and Ostrander did a nice job controlling the midfield.

"It was good all-around play as a team," Verkuilen said. "We're building up from the back really well. Our midfielders are distributing the ball well, and our forwards are getting a lot of opportunities, they're just not finishing them. That will come."

The Kardinals play at Grace on Friday at 5 p.m. and at Wasilla on Saturday at 11 a.m.

Kenai boys 3, Seward 2

The Kardinals built a 3-0 lead, then held on to move to 2-2 overall and in the division.

Fox Michaud starting the scoring for Kenai in the ninth minute on an assist from Alex Springer. Avery Palchikoff and Tavo De La Torre scored unassisted in the 40th and 42nd minutes, respectively, to give the Kardinals a 3-0 lead before Seward battled back.

Assistant coach Wally Ward said goalie James Watkins did a good job of taking command of the defense.

"I was really impressed with Seward," Ward said. "They only had one or two subs, but the played tough. I think that's the best team from Seward that I've seen."

The Kards play at Grace on Friday at 3 p.m. and at Wasilla on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Homer softball team tops Soldotna

The host Homer softball team defeated Soldotna 12-7 in seven innings on Wednesday in Northern Lights Conference action.

The Mariners improve to 2-0 in the league and overall by topping the Stars, who fall to 1-1.

The game was back-and-forth. SoHi grabbed a 1-0 lead after its half of the second, but Homer came back in the bottom half of the frame for a 2-1 lead. Each team scored three runs in the third inning, then SoHi again scored three in the fourth to go up 7-5. Homer took command of the game in the bottom of the fourth by scoring six runs.

Zoe Fogg started the game for the Mariners on the hill, while Hannah LaRue finished up.

"I think both teams made a couple of errors, but I don't think there were any errors that particularly decided the game," Homer coach Bill Bell said. "We really started hitting the ball. We had some players go 2 for 3 that didn't get a hit against Kenai."

Nikki Hegge pitched the first three innings for Soldotna, giving up four hits and five runs -- two of which were earned. Hegge punched out two. Briana VinZant pitched the final four innings, giving up seven runs -- two of which were earned. She gave up four hits while striking out three.

"We normally pride ourselves on defense, and it wasn't as good as it should have been," Soldotna coach Dave Cleveland said. "It wasn't one or two errors that killed us, it was all-around defense."

Kaycee Munn knocked one out of the yard for the second time in two games for the Stars. The three-run shot was the highlight of a 2-for-4 day for her.

SoHi keeps up its heavy dose of conference play today, when it hosts Kenai at 4 p.m. On Friday, the Stars host Kodiak at 4 and 6 p.m. On Friday, Homer travels to play Eagle River at 6 p.m. and West at 7:45 p.m. in nonconference action.

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