Soldotna's boys clinched the No. 2 seed in the Northern Lights Conference Southern Division with a 6-3 win over visiting Homer on Thursday. With the victory, the Stars improve to 7-2 overall and 4-1 in the division.
SoHi found the back of the net four times in the first half.
"I was happy with us being able to finish," Stars head coach Jeff Siemers said.
Blaine Carver scored the game's first tally in the 28th minute on an assist from Robbie Smithwick. Carver cut left and chipped a shot right past Homer's goalie.
Cory Carver scored three minutes later. Smithwick launched a throw-in from the right side past all the Mariners defenders and Cory was on the far post to tap the goal in. Daniel Koch scored four minutes later.
Dawson Pearson buried a penalty kick low-right in the 38th minute to give the Stars a 4-0 lead at the half.
Homer's Mark Walsworth caught SoHi unprepared and scored on a long-range free kick from near midfield in the 43rd minute to open the second half.
Walsworth did the same on a free kick in the 76th minute. He snuck a shot inside the right post for his third goal of the half.
"We shouldn't have two goals put on us like that," Siemers said. "Those are the types of things we need to clean up for the regional tournament."
Cory answered Walsworth's first goal with his second of the game in the 50th minute. He took a cross from Brett Vadla and scored to give SoHi a 5-1 lead.
Smithwick netted one 15 minutes later. Walsworth scored two goals in the final 10 minutes of the game to cut the deficit to three.
The Stars host Ketchikan today for their final game of the season. Then all the focus is on the region tourney.
"We've got to focus and spend next week working on our game," Siemers said.
SoHi girls 6, Homer 0
Every junior varsity-varsity swing player saw playing time in SoHi's win over Homer. The Stars are now 6-1-1 overall and 5-0 in the division. They clinched the No. 1 seed in the Southern Division with Monday's victory over Kenai Central.
"Today was an opportunity to play some of our younger players," SoHi head coach Mike Tovoli said. "They performed well."
Tovoli said he wanted to keep his team healthy and prevent any bad habits from forming against the Mariners. One of those goals was achieved, as no one suffered any injuries.
"We did pick up a few bad habits, but hopefully we can break those," Tovoli said.
Jenna Redford started the scoring off quickly, netting one in the first 16 seconds of the game. Kaili Sholin scored in the fourth minute and Kylee Woodford sailed a shot over Homer's keeper in the 15th minute. The Stars held a 3-0 lead at the half.
Casey Coupchiak started the second half off with a goal in the 47th minute. Coupchiak then provided the assist for Redford's second goal of the game in the 54th minute.
Sarah Mokracek rounded out the scoring in the 62nd minute.
Heidi Westerman and Sholin combined for the shutout in goal.
Skyview girls 1, Ketchikan 1
The host Panthers and Kings played to a nonconference tie on Thursday. Even more importantly, the Panthers clinched a berth in the Northern Lights Conference tourney when the Soldotna girls topped Homer on Thursday.
Ketchikan grabbed the lead four minutes into the game on a penalty kick. About 10 minutes into the second half, Skyview's Alicia West scored to knot the game.
"It's the same thing we've done all year," Skyview coach David Carpenter said. "We're doing a lot of things right, but we just can't score."
Carpenter said the Kings stayed slightly more organized than his squad, but said his team is improving and is just a step away from making a lot of good things happen.
The coach said Rebecca Egan had a great game in goal, coming out to cut off Ketchikan scoring opportunities. Carpenter also liked the defensive play of Chelsea Winter.
The Panthers travel to face Wasilla today at 4 p.m. and Houston on Saturday at noon.
Ketchikan boys 8, Skyview 0
The Kings rolled past the host Panthers in nonconference play.
Skyview will finish its season with a game at Wasilla today at 6 p.m. and at Houston on Saturday at 2 p.m.
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