Homer boys nab top seed

Posted: Thursday, May 12, 2011

The host Homer boys soccer team clinched the top seed from the Northern Lights Conference Southern Division by tying Soldotna 1-1 on Wednesday.

The Mariners finish 4-0-1 in the division, while the Stars finish at 3-1-1 and clinch the No. 2 seed.

"A tie is a reasonable result," Homer coach Warren Waldorf wrote in an email. "In fact, it's good for both teams. Homer clinches the top seed to the regional tournament, and SoHi grabs the second. We're happy today."

Homer got on the board in the 29th minute when Ismail Mohamed scored on an assist from Lewis Koplin.

Soldotna scored the equalizer in the 38th minute. Daniel Koch scored on an assist from Cory Carver.

"Both teams had their chances in the second half, but neither finished," Waldorf wrote.

Soldotna coach Jeff Siemers also was happy with the result.

"We're happy with No. 2," he said. "Hopefully, we'll show up for the tournament."

Siemers said Cody Vandehey had a good game in goal, and Carver also had a solid game. He also said Dawson Pearson and Keely Abendroth were solid in the middle of the defense.

Soldotna plays at Colony at 4 p.m. Friday and at Palmer at noon on Saturday.

Soldotna girls 4, Homer 0

The Stars finished up play in the NLC Southern Division at 5-0 by topping the host Mariners on Wednesday. Homer finished 0-4-1 in the division and will miss the conference tournament.

"It was a good game for the girls," Soldotna coach Mike Tovoli said. "We got to play a lot of young girls so they could get experience. We also got to rest some of the starters."

Katelyn Kerkvliet started the scoring for Soldotna in the 20th minute, while Kylee Wolfe added a goal in the 30th minute. In the 50th minute, the Stars continued to be lethal on corner kicks when Kaili Sholin headed in a corner from Kaitlyn Van Meter. In the 70th minute, Kelci Benson finished the scoring on an assist from Rebecca Satathite.

Satathite and Kerkvliet combined on the shutout.

Soldotna, now 8-1 overall, plays Colony at 6 p.m. on Friday and Palmer at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

Skyview girls 1, Ketchikan 1

Maria Polo scored inside the final five minutes of the game to secure the host Panthers a tie in nonconference action on Wednesday.

Skyview, which is now 1-2-4 overall, went down 1-0 in the 22nd minute of the game.

Polo normally plays defense, but Skyview coach David Carpenter was looking for a spark and decided to send her in at offense for the final five minutes.

The foreign exchange student picked her team up with a goal.

"It was exciting for her," Carpenter said. "She loved it."

There was no score available in the boys game as the Clarion went to press.

The Panthers host Wasilla on Friday. The girls play at 4 p.m. and the boys play at 6 p.m.

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