Soldotna boys take down Wasilla

Posted: Sunday, May 09, 2010

The Soldotna boys soccer team defeated visiting Wasilla 3-2 on Saturday in Northern Lights Conference action.

The Stars improved to 5-2 overall with the victory.

"Anytime we can beat a Valley team, it feels good," Soldotna coach Jeff Siemers said.

The Stars lost 3-1 to Colony on Friday, and had to come back from a 2-1 deficit to Wasilla in the second half.

Soldotna scored the lone goal of the first half on a Blaine Carver indirect kick. A Wasilla defender, attempting to clear the ball, put it in his own goal.

The Warriors scored two goals early in the second half to take a 2-1 lead. Cory Carver then tied the game with a long cross that curled into the goal. Blaine Carver scored the game winner by cashing in a direct kick from the top of the box.

Siemers said both teams were missing some key players. He said the absences allowed defender Josh Harvey to shine. Siemers also said Cody Vandehey was solid in goal.

Wasilla girls 3, Soldotna 0

The visiting Wasilla soccer team topped Soldotna on Saturday to hand the Stars their first loss of the season.

Soldotna falls to 4-1-1 with the loss to the Northern Lights Conference foe.

"I believe Wasilla is the top team in the region," Soldotna coach Mike Tovoli said. "Colony's also a tough opponent. I truly believe Wasilla, Colony and Soldotna are the top three in the region."

Tovoli said his team will have to play better than it did on Saturday if it wants to prove it is one of the region's best.

"We did not play well at all," he said. "We were lazy, lethargic and not first to the ball. We found out where we are at and where we need to go."

Tovoli said the Warriors scored all three of their goals in the first half.

Soldotna girls 1, Colony 0

Kaiti Van Meter scored off of a corner kick with 10 minutes to play to lead the Stars to a Northern Lights Conference victory on Friday in Soldotna.

Soldotna coach Mike Tovoli said the ball deflected off three or four players before reaching Van Meter. Her shot then deflected off of a Colony defender before finding the back of the net.

"Colony is a quality opponent," Tovoli said. "It was a hard-fought match on both sides. Both sides did well with the talent they have. We just happened to put one in."

The shutout went to Soldotna goalies Cassie Sheridan and Jenna Redford. Tovoli said defenders Shana Powell, Kylee Woodford, Erica Byerley and Kelsey Van Antwerp also played a great game. The coach said midfielders like Kaili Sholin and Emily Rohloff did well to keep up the pace despite not getting much rest on the bench.

"Sometimes we had control of the ball, but a lot of the time we weren't trapping and controlling as well as we should," Tovoli said. "We shouldn't have let their physical play get to us.

"That's soccer. It's a physical game. And today we played a team that got out and got after it."

Colony boys 3, Soldotna 1

The Knights toppled the host Stars on Friday.

Colony grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first half before Blaine Carver scored early in the second half for the Stars. Soldotna coach Jeff Siemers said Carver had a beautiful goal from 25 yards.

Later in the half, the Knights iced the game by scoring on a penalty kick.

Siemers said Cody Vandehey had a good game at goalkeeper.

"It was a pretty physical game," Siemers said. "Colony is one of the best teams in the region. Considering that, I think we showed up pretty well."

Homer girls 2, Nikiski 2

The Homer and Nikiski girls played to a tie on Saturday in Nikiski.

Nikiski coach Mandy Adair said Homer came out hungry and got the first goal.

"We were able to fight our way back into the game and earn a tie," Adair said.

Colony boys 3, Kenai 0

Colony notched an NLC win over host Kenai Central on Saturday. The Kards fall to 2-2-2 overall.

Nikiski boys 3, Homer 2

Nikiski beat NLC Souther Division foe Homer on Saturday. The Bulldogs are now 4-1-4 overall and 2-0-1 in the division.

Seward boys 4, Houston 2

The host Seahawks notched a conference victory on Saturday.

Seward girls 2, Houston 1

The host Seahawks notched an NLC win on Saturday.

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