Kenai booters hand Seahawks loss

Posted: Tuesday, May 07, 2002

The Kenai Central High School girls soccer team defeated Seward 1-0 Monday, picking up valuable Southern Division points in a Region III match at Kenai.

The Kenai boys also prevailed, defeating the Seahawks 8-1.

Kenai girls coach Dan Verkuilen said his side was able to dictate the pace of play and put plenty of shots on net, but between the efforts of Seward goalkeeper Jamie Frederickson and some near misses, only came up with one goal.

"We've been taking a lot of shots, and we had really nice passing," Verkuilen said. "We got a lot of touches and a lot of shots. It just seems like we're having a hard time finishing."

Laura Moore tallied for the Kardinals, touching home a rebound on a hard shot by Karli Knudsen.

"The defense and the midfield were solid, and the passing was the best I've seen from a Kenai team," Verkuilen said. "I told the girls, 'Hey, if we win every game 1-0, who cares?'

"It was a really pretty game to watch."

Verkuilen credited Kirsten Ehrhardt, Janna Krein and Rachel Popp with solid matches and added that Rachel Knowles took several excellent shots.

The Kenai boys scored early against Seward, getting a goal from Cory Whitely, set up by Carlos Carreon and Nick Barnes, just a minute into the match.

Owen Brewer made it 2-0 at the eight-minute mark, assisted by Richard Alexander, and Marcus Webster converted a penalty kick in the 12th minute for the Kardinals.

Adrian Borchgrevink netted and unassisted tally 14 minutes into the match, then made it 5-0 for the Kardinals with a goal set up by Barnes and Alexander in the 30th minute.

Jose Araya added one more for the Kards just before the half, assisted by Brewer.

Carlos Carreon netted an unassisted goal to open the second half for the Kardinals, and Wally Ward finished off the scoring with an unassisted blast with five minutes left in the match.

The Kardinals were coming off a 4-0 win over Grace Christian Saturday which featured a pair of goals by Micah Lillard, and a tough 2-0 loss to Colony Friday.

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