Homer boys nip Nikiski: Girls play to tie

Posted: Friday, May 06, 2011

The Homer boys soccer team scored in the final 30 seconds to edge Nikiski 2-1 in Northern Lights Conference Southern Division action Thursday.

The first half was scoreless before both teams scored in a span of two minutes midway through the second. The Mariners took a 1-0 lead in the 70th minute when Kyle Wisner scored on an assist from Ismail Mohamed.

The Bulldogs answered on a Homer own goal about one minute after the Homer tally.

In added time, Homer netted the winner against Nikiski goalkeeper Kaden Spurgeon. Quinn Daugharty scored the winner on an assist from Ethan Kizzia. The Bulldogs drop to 2-7-0.

Coburn said Spurgeon and the entire defense played well, even without starting sweeper Sam Taylor, who has missed the past two games with a sore ankle.

"The Bulldogs came to play, and we battled until the final whistle," Homer coach Warren Waldorf wrote in an email after his team improved to 3-0 in the division. "Everybody, including all the fans, were into it. We were fortunate to find ourselves ahead when time ran out."

Nikiski girls 1, Homer 1

The host Mariners and Bulldogs played to a tie Thursday in NLC Southern Division action.

Homer grabbed the lead in the first half before the Bulldogs came back to tie the game midway through the second half. Tessa Lewis started the scoring play when she won the ball and crossed it to Morgan Tschida, who uncorked a shot that looked like it could have went in on its own. Britany Tuttle got to the ball and made sure it went in.

Nikiski coach Mandy Adair said her team had 16 shots. She played three forwards and three midfielders in this game, a change from the two forwards and four midfielders Nikiski had been using.

"It worked well," she said. "We had a few shots that hit the post, and a few more that just missed."

Adair also said Minna Bogard had one of her best games of the season at midfield.

Nikiski is now 0-1-1 in the division. The Bulldogs host Grace Christian at 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

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