SkyHi edges Homer

Posted: Sunday, May 08, 2005

The Skyview boys soccer team defeated Homer 4-3 Friday in Homer in a Northern Lights Conference Southern Division game.

Both the Panthers and the Mariners were 3-0 in the Southern Division heading into the game. Skyview's win assures the Panthers the No. 1 seed from the south in the conference tournament.

The Homer boys also lost 2-1 Saturday to Nikiski, but Homer will still be the No. 2 seed from the south.

Homer girls 5, Skyview 0

Skyview girls 14, Houston 0

The Panthers rebounded from a Northern Lights Conference Southern Division loss Friday to the Mariners with a NLC victory over the Hawks Saturday.

Friday, the Panthers fell to 1-3 in the division with the loss to the Mariners. Skyview now plays Soldotna Monday to determine which team gets to go to the conference tournament.

"We were very slow and not very aggressive," Skyview coach Ronnie Kier said. "Homer won every 50-50 ball. They were passing well, moving well and playing better soccer."

Saturday, Kier said all the hard luck the Panthers have had finishing all season vanished.

"Our girls were putting in shots that in other games were not going in," Kier said.

Malarie Millay had a hat trick, while Nicole VanRyzin, Chantal Schefers, Amber Kunz and Ginny Berg each had two goals. Laura Smith, Jackie Rainwater and Katie Thornton added scores.

Kier said VanRyzin and Berg scored goals on headers off of crosses. Kier said that was a big deal because he had told the girls they could score goals like that in the beginning of the season, but the girls were skeptical.

Kenai Central girls 3, Seward 2

Wasilla girls 4, Kenai Central 3

The Kardinals finished up an undefeated season in the Northern Lights Conference Southern Division against the Seahawks Friday before having their six-game winning streak snapped by the Warriors Saturday.

Friday, the Kardinals went into the game at Seward knowing they had the No. 1 seed from the Southern Division wrapped up.

"It was one of those fun games where we played everybody," said Kenai coach Dan Verkuilen, whose team is 6-3 overall.

Rochelle Stretch had a hat trick for the Kardinals, while Verkuilen said Chelsie Harris also was very active in attacking the goal.

Saturday, the Kards hosted the Warriors. Wasilla had the wind in the first half and took a 2-1 lead, with Keely Boyle getting Kenai's goal on an assist from Taylor Brewer.

In the second half, Brewer tied the game at 2 with a blast from 30 yards out 12 minutes into the game. At the 25-minute mark, Stretch scored from a tough angle to give the Kards the lead.

However, the Warriors scored two goals to pull out the comeback victory.

Kenai Central boys 4, Seward 1

Kenai Central boys 1, Wasilla 1

A young Kardinals squad continued to show improvement by finishing a four-games-in-five-days stretch with three wins and one tie.

In both the games at Seward and the game at Kenai against Wasilla, Kenai started eight freshmen and sophomores.

"We've come a long way this year," Kenai coach David Landry said. "The boys are believing in the system and they're starting to execute it very well."

The Kardinals finish the regular season with a 3-4-2 record overall and a 3-2 record in the NLC Southern Division. Kenai will get the No. 3 seed from the south at the conference tournament.

Against Seward, Kenai received goals from Tyler Smith on an assist from Brandon Goggia, McKenan Steinbeck on an assist from Brandon Goggia, Dusty Ward and Kyle Latz on an assist from Ju Kim.

Against the Warriors, the Kardinals broke a scoreless tie in the second half when Ryann Hansen scored off a free kick from Goggia. Latz also was in on the play. Wasilla then tied the game on a penalty kick.

Landry said his defense, featuring senior Hansen and freshmen Goggia, Devin Boyle and Jeremy Dyson, is playing great. He also said freshman Steinbeck and sophomore Brad Fusaro have been creating chances up front. In the midfield, Landry said sophomore Ward and junior Latz are doing a good job.

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