Nikiski boys soccer coach Jim Coburn said Beau Calderwood is a kicker on the football team.
If he performs on the gridiron like he did on the pitch Saturday, the Bulldogs may want think about kicking more field goals.
Aided by the wind, Calderwood launched a 35-yarder over the defense and into the upper corner of the net, providing the third tally in Nikiski’s 5-0 rout of visiting Houston, the Bulldogs’ first win of the season.
“I called it. I asked him to shoot the ball, put his foot on the ball. He does it all the time at practice and puts it right on goal,” Coburn said. “I asked him to take the shot. He’s got a strong leg.”
He wasn’t the only one who found the back of the net, though.
After a scoreless first half dominated by Nikiski (1-5) who sent several shots over the net and clanked two off the crossbar Wiley Bennett converted a penalty shot in the 49th minute for a 1-0 lead.
Playing a man down following an ejection, the Hawks defense was busy the rest of the contest.
About 10 minutes after the first goal, Houston goalie John Sullivan punched a bouncing ball into the air, but Nikiski’s Paul Delago was there for a rebound, which he sent off the post. The ball then ricocheted off Sullivan and into the net.
Calderwood capped the scoring barrage with the Bulldogs’ third goal in a 12-minute span.
“I knew we’d get it eventually. If they didn’t get frustrated and do something stupid,” Coburn said. “If they just kept playing their game and playing with good sportsmanship, it would pay off.”
At 73-minute mark, Calderwood found Ian Krogseng inside the box, who sidestepped a defender and sent a shot flying into the left corner of the goal. Freshman Josh Hall then made 5-0 when he one-timed a cross past Sullivan in the final minute.
“He felt like he wasn’t getting his foot on the ball, was having a bad game but the patience finally paid off,” Coburn said of Hall. “He’s really excited. It’s his first high school goal.”
The rest of the team is excited, too.
“I’m happy for them. They’re getting better,” he said. “They’re a young team but they’re getting better every day.”
Houston girls 3, Nikiski 1
The Hawks took a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute of the game and never looked back in topping the Bulldogs.
A long throw-in bounced over Nikiski goalie Hailey Driver and Houston senior Dana Ranum was there for the easy tap in and early lead.
“We weren’t really on our best game (Saturday), that’s for sure,” said Bulldogs’ coach Tom Bennett. “We couldn’t seem to put our foot on the ball.”
After squandering several opportunities, the Hawks struck again when sophomore Kacey Newman broke in on Driver and sent it by her for a 2-0 lead in the 25th minute.
Only five minutes into the second half, sophomore Ariel Katzenberger scored off a corner kick for a commanding 3-0 lead.
“We put a few good things together, but we’ve got stuff to work on,” Bennett said. “We’ve got to work on our timing and our passing is not what it needs to be.”
The Bulldogs (0-6) finally got on the board in the 54th minute when senior Rachel Bogard capitalized on a corner kick.
“I was glad that we were able to do that,” he said. “Our goalie stopped quite a few shots on goal and the girls seemed to have a good time, so that’s a big plus.”
Seward boys 3, Homer 0
Thomas Witthake, Joe Nyholm and Mike Zwiefel each scored as the Seahawks downed the visiting Mariners on Saturday.
The Homer girls routed Seward, 9-0.
Homer girls 5, Wasilla 3
The Mariners overcame a two-goal deficit with five second-half goals in edging the visiting Warriors on Friday.
Randi Smith staked Wasilla to a 1-0 lead in the fifth minute and added another tally in the 32nd minute.
She scored again in the 69th minute, but it wasn’t enough.
Senior Claire Siekaniec scored four goals and Diana Krompf added another as the Mariners opened the second half with four goals in the first 12 minutes.
Wasilla boys 5, Homer 0
Jordan Ingalls recorded a hat trick and John Pahkala and Aaron Bean each added a goal as the Warriors beat the Mariners on Friday.
Ingalls scored all three goals in the first half.
Seward girls 2, Houston 0
Janessa Anderson scored both goals and Juno Prochazka added an assist as the Seahawks blanked the visiting Hawks on Friday.
Wasilla girls 1, Skyview 0
The Warriors received a goal from Rachel Kennedy to defeat the host Panthers on Saturday.
Wasilla boys 3, Skyview 0
Ingalls broke Wasilla’s single-season scoring record with two goals to help defeat the host Panthers on Saturday. Ingalls now has 18 goals this season. Aaron Sharrow also scored for the Warriors.
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