Nikiski soccer gets improved seeding

Posted: Sunday, May 15, 2011

The Nikiski boys soccer team locked up the No. 3 seed out of the Northern Lights Conference Southern Division on Saturday with a 4-0 victory over Seward.

The Bulldogs finish 3-2 in the division and 5-8 overall. The Seward boys finish 1-4 in the division and will miss the conference tournament.

"I'm just really proud of the seniors today -- the guys who have been with me for six years," Nikiski coach Jim Coburn said. "They stepped up today and had one of their best games of the year.

"We're healthy and looking forward to regions."

Stefan Krogseng and Logan Harrison each had two goals for the Bulldogs. Assists on Harrison's goals came from Krogseng and Tyler Peek. Assists on Krogseng's goals came from Harrison and Jayden Tumbaga.

Kaden Spurgeon earned the shutout in goal, but Coburn said the defense made sure Spurgeon wasn't under pressure. The defenders are Kovy Harbick, Doogan Seater, Garret Fellar and Sam Taylor.

On Thursday, Nikiski had defeated Houston 8-2. Krogseng had two goals. Scoring one goal were Harrison, Peek, Tumbaga, Harbick, Taylor and Mike Stangel.

Nikiski girls 3, Seward 1

The host Bulldogs clinched the No. 3 seed in the Northern Lights Conference Southern Division with a victory over the Seahawks on Saturday.

The game was pivotal for tournament seeding. If Nikiski had lost, it would not have made the tournament. Seward would have made the tournament with a win, but is eliminated with the loss.

Nikiski finishes 2-2-1 in the division and 3-7-1 overall. Seward finished 1-3-1 in the division.

Bailey Buchholz scored on an assist from Tessa Lewis, Britany Tuttle scored on a direct free kick, and Taylor Calderwood scored.

Seward scored in the final 10 minutes when Nikiski coach Mandy Adair had moved goalie Angie Parrish to forward.

"We've kind of turned it around the last half of the year and we were able to get some momentum rolling," Adair said. "Since we've come home and have been playing back on the Peninsula, we've been undefeated. We'd like to keep that going into regions."

Adair was proud of her seniors for their play. The seniors are Parrish and Tuttle along with Kristina Handley at stopper and Mandee Jackson at left midfield. Adair also thanked seniors Shahalie Burdick and Alicia Conti for their contributions to the program.

Colony boys 4, Soldotna 0

The host Knights notched a Northern Lights Conference victory over the Stars on Friday.

"It was 1-0 at the half, but they had quite a few opportunities," Soldotna coach Jeff Siemers said. "Cody Vandehey had a really good game in goal, particularly in the first half. He held us close."

Siemers also said Keely Abendroth and Dawson Pearson were solid on defense. The coach also liked the play of Cory Carver at forward.

Soldotna girls 2, Colony 0

Becca Satathite had the shutout in goal for the visiting Stars in the Northern Lights Conference victory on Friday.

Kaitlyn Van Meter scored in the 28th minute on a cross from Phoebe Napolitano. In the 47th minute, Sydney Goggia was fouled and then converted the penalty kick.

"It was a good victory, but again we are only playing one half of soccer," SoHi coach Mike Tovoli said. "We need to put two halves of soccer together to compete at the highest level."

Tovoli liked the way midfielders Kaili Sholin and Van Meter distributed the ball. The coach also said forwards T'essa Tovoli, Kendra Currier and Sydney Goggia did a good job of pressuring the defense.

Soldotna boys 7, Palmer 3

Cory Carver pumped in five goals Saturday as the visiting Stars cruised to a Northern Lights Conference victory.

"With the last game of the season before the region tournament, we wanted to have some good momentum," Siemers said after his team improved to 6-5-1 overall. "We got some good opportunities and took advantage of them. Hopefully now, we're starting to finish just in time for the tournament."

Tate Syverson and Daniel Koch also scored for the Stars. Siemers also liked the play of Cameron Grothe at midfield and Josh Stinnett at defense.

Soldotna girls 5, Palmer 0

The visiting Stars rolled into the conference tournament by cruising to a Northern Lights Conference victory on Saturday.

Soldotna finishes the season 10-1 overall and undefeated in the Northern Lights Conference. The Stars outscored the opposition 46-6 this season and had shutouts in their last four games. Satathite had the shutout once again Saturday.

The Stars struck four times in the first half with Sholin, on an assist from Goggia; Kylee Wolfe on an assist from Delaney Love; Currier; Phoebe Napolitano on a throw in from Julie Litchfield.

Wolfe scored in the second half on an assist from Sholin.

"Through parts of the game, I felt like we possessed the ball well and started seeing and using the wider field," Tovoli said.

Tovoli said defenders Erica Byerly, Love, Kylee Woodford, Wolfe, Molly Fenton and Heidi Westerman did a great job with possession.

The coach said the forwards once again did a good job with pressure, and he credited Litchfield and Napolitano with strong backside pressure in the game.

Kenai girls 0, Palmer 0

The host Moose and Kardinals played to a Northern Lights Conference tie on Friday.

"It was a good game," Kenai Central coach Dan Verkuilen said. "We had a lot of pressure on their side. We had some nice chances at goals but we were having trouble finding the back of the net. That's kind of our little problem."

Kenai boys 1, Palmer 1

The visiting Kardinals gave up an early goal but came back for the Northern Lights Conference draw Friday.

Palmer scored in the sixth minute to take the lead.

"In the second half, we changed our formation and we were starting to pound them in the last 20 minutes," Kenai coach David Landry said. "We changed to three forwards."

Avery Palchikoff scored the equalizer in the 72nd minute on an assist from Tavo De La Torie.

Landry said the Kardinals also had three or four balls off the post and another ball that appeared to cross the goal line but was ruled no goal by the referee.

Landry said James Watkins did well in goal, while De La Torie and Palchikoff did well up front. Landry also liked the play of Carlos Villarreal.

Colony girls 2, Kenai 0

The host Knights picked up a Northern Lights Conference victory on Saturday.

The Knights scored on corner kicks in the first and second halves.

"We didn't have a lot of opportunities," Verkuilen said. "We were able to see a physical team. It was a good effort from the girls."

Verkuilen said Allie McGahan sat for quite a bit of the game due to a sore knee.

Colony boys 3, Kenai 0

The host Knights used a stiff wind at their backs to take a 3-0 lead at the half and held the Kardinals down in the second half in Northern Lights Conference play.

Landry said Watkins once against had a great game in goal. He said Palchikoff and De La Torie also were solid once again. Keegan Remsen did a good job on defense.

"I think we're starting to peak at the right time," Landry said. "They're starting to get a sense of what they can and can't do."

The Kards finished up 4-5-1 overall.

Homer boys 8, Houston 0

The host Mariners picked up a Northern Lights Conference victory on Friday against the Hawks.

Wasilla girls 7, Homer 0

The visiting Warriors topped the Mariners in Northern Lights Conference action Saturday.

Homer ends its season at 0-8-2.

Wasilla boys 1, Homer 0

The visiting Warriors notched a Northern Lights Conference victory Saturday in chilly conditions.

Despite the loss, Homer coach Warren Waldorf is happy with the No. 1 seed in the Southern Division heading into the conference tournament.

"They're beginning to believe in themselves just at the right time," Waldorf wrote in an email. "Consequently, we're looking forward to playing in the tournament this coming week.

"It'll be a great opportunity to learn more about ourselves, to discover whether we've got what it takes to compete successfully with the best teams in the NLC."

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