Homer boys shut out Seward

Posted: Sunday, May 09, 2004

The host Homer boys soccer team defeated Seward 4-0 Saturday in Homer to pick up a win crucial to Region III tournament hopes.

The Mariners improved to 2-2 in the Southern Division of Region III with the win, while Seward fell to 0-4-1. The Seahawks are eliminated from region tournament contention.

Homer has one region game left against Soldotna. The Mariners will travel to face the Stars Monday. Homer can clinch a trip to the region tournament by beating Soldotna. If the Mariners lose or tie, they could lose a spot in the region tournament if Kenai tops Skyview Monday.

"We're finally playing Homer ball," Homer coach Mike Olson said. "We're playing smart soccer. We're not just kicking and running.

"We're moving the ball up the field and putting it in the back of the net, finally."

Max Drathman scored twice for Homer, while Brady Boone and Jeremy Andrews also added scores.

Olson also gave credit to the defense for pitching a shutout. Taber Webb played goalie for Homer, while Llosh Winne, Joe Hoanin, Ivan Heimbuch and Terry Shroyer were on defense.

Ketchikan girls 1, Kenai 0

The Kings finished 3-1 on a trip to the peninsula with a nonconference victory over the Kardinals Saturday.

For Kenai coach Dan Verkuilen, the game was an opportunity to get all his players some time on the field. Kenai was missing two starters for the game.

"We got everybody in," Verkuilen said. "We wanted to win, of course, but it's been such a crazy season that it was nice to have a game and not be too stressed."

The coach said his team had a lot of opportunities, and it would have been nice to capitalize on them heading into a match against Skyview Monday.

Verkuilen said Kelsey Brewer and Hayley Mishler played a solid game in the midfield, while Rochelle Stretch did a good job creating opportunities up front.

Ketchikan boys 2, Kenai 1

The Kings picked up their first victory on a swing through the peninsula, finishing the trip with a 1-3 record. Ketchikan led 1-0 at halftime, then went up 2-0 on a penalty kick that barely snuck past goalkeeper Tyler Morris.

Geoffery Gemmell cut the lead to 2-1 with a goal set up by Cory Whitley midway through the second half, but that was as close as the Kardinals could get.

Skyview girls 4, Houston 0

The Panthers had been held scoreless in the previous three matches, so Skyview coach Tony Lewis was pleased to see his team break out with some goals Saturday in the Region III, non-Southern Division match at Skyview.

Houston was guilty of an own goal just minutes into the match, the five minutes into the match Marina Holt scored on a cross from Amber Kunz.

Kunz and Nicole VanRyzin added scores in the second half for the Panthers.

"I think we're doing a much better job in the midfield of stringing passes together," Lewis said. "Now it's just a matter of finishing it off when those passes lead to opportunities on the goal."

Lewis said Kunz had a really good day Saturday setting up opportunities.

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