Bulldogs drop pair to Kards

Posted: Tuesday, May 09, 2000

The Kenai boys and girls soccer teams earned victories Monday at Nikiski.

The Kardinals girls, coming off a 7-0 squashing of Houston Saturday, kept right on rolling with an 8-0 victory over the Bulldogs.

Kenai's Cory Hershberger, who missed Saturday's game because she was visiting colleges in the Lower 48, celebrated her return to the area with a hat trick.

Other goals came from Lacey Wisniewski, Jennifer Stewart, Jessi Reilly, Karli Knudsen and Katherine Amen.

The Kardinals received a pair of assists from Jamie Montgomery and Kristi Knudsen, while Kirsten Ehrhardt also had an assist.

"We just couldn't get anything going," Nikiski coach Richard Kelso said. "It was pretty one-sided."

Kenai coach Dan Verkuilen said it was encouraging that once he subbed and got all his players in the mix, including freshmen Rachel Knowles and Holly McCune, his team kept the same intensity.

In the boys game, the Kardinals recovered from a 1-0 deficit to post a 2-1 victory. The game winner came on a penalty kick from J.D. Pault with five minutes remaining.

"It was what you would call your prototypical, hard-fought victory," Kenai boys coach David Landry said. "Nikiski played an enthusiastic, determined game today."

The Bulldogs actually had a penalty kick to equalize the game with about three minutes remaining, but could not put it on net.

"(Nikiski) played really well," Bulldogs boys coach Jim Coburn said. "I was really happy with their play, they just weren't getting the ball in the net.

"I felt we had more opportunities to score than Kenai did. We didn't take advantage and they did."

The Bulldogs took the lead 10 minutes into the game when Josh Reilly found the back of the net.

"They were playing enthusiastic already and that goal gave them even more encouragement," Landry said.

At halftime, the Kenai coach talked to his team about being first to the ball and getting back to a passing game.

He said Joel Reemtsma and Greg Landua set the pace as Kenai did a much better job of winning the ball in the second half.

With about 15 minutes left to play, Reemtsma took a pass from Cesar Lopez, sidestepped a defender and tucked the ball into the net to make the score 1-1.

"They are busy and not afraid to challenge for the ball," Landry said. "Their enthusiasm took Kenai a little bit by surprise.

"They forgot what it's like when the other team is very, very hungry."

Landry said his team also got a boost from the speed of Marcus Webster on the back line and from bench players.

Coburn complimented the play of keeper Jamie Queen, defender Chris McCaughey and center midfielder Hustin Hitchcock, a freshman who was making his first varsity start.

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