The Palmer girls soccer team upset Kenai 4-3 in the opening round of the Region III Soccer Championships Friday.
The Kardinals, who had been to state the past two years, came into the tournament with the No. 1 seed in the Southern Division. Palmer, meanwhile, had the fourth seed in the Northern Division.
Kenai took the lead just five minutes into the game on a goal by Katherine Amen. Palmer's Felicia Sandvik answered with goals in the 44th and 59th minutes to put the Moose on top, but Amen scored with 17 minutes left in the game to send the contest into overtime.
In overtime, teams play two 10-minute periods. There is no sudden death. Amy Fischer put Kenai up two minutes into the second overtime period when she knocked home a penalty kick. However, Palmer's Daysha Anderson scored with three minutes left in overtime to tie the score.
The game then went to a penalty-kick shootout, where the Moose came out on top.
Colony girls 9, Skyview 0
The Knights, the top seed from the Northern Division, received four goals from Kristina Klapperich in rolling to a shutout victory over the Panthers, the No. 4 seed from the Southern Division, in the opening round Friday.
Colony's other goals came from Sianna Garrod, Kelly Quinn, Katie Williams and Jessica Tuomi. The ninth goal was one the Panthers accidentally put into their own net.
Grace Christian girls 5, Nikiski 2
The Grizzlies, the third seed from the Northern Division, overcame an early deficit to top the Bulldogs, the No. 2 seed from the Southern Division, in Friday's opening round.
Amber Delago staked Nikiski to a lead just one minute into the match with a goal. The Grizzlies came back to take a 2-1 lead, though, on goals from Ally Erving in the second minute and Jessica Johnson in the 18th minute.
Nikiski's Amanda Weaver tied the match with a penalty kick in the 47th minute, but Grace scored three unanswered goals to take control of the match. Johnson completed her hat trick with goals in the 50th and 67th minutes, while Erving had another tally in the 55th minute.
Homer girls 3, Wasilla 0
The Mariners not only were able to pull off the upset, but they were able to get some key rest for their starters as well.
Homer is the third seed from the Southern Division, while Wasilla is the No. 2 seed from the Northern Division.
Homer got on the board in the 36th minute on a goal from Hannah Baechler. Carly Garay finished off the Warriors with goals in the 42nd and 44th minutes.
Chaunna Dietz recorded the shutout for the Mariners.
Colony boys 2, Nikiski 1
The Bulldogs, the No. 4 seed from the Southern Division, threw a scare into the Knights, the top-ranked team from the Northern Division, before succumbing in overtime in Friday's opening round.
Kelly Sonerholm put Colony up 1-0 in the 23rd minute, but Nikiski scored the equalizer with just 18 minutes left in the match.
Two minutes into the first of two overtime periods, Hannes Suebert scored the match-winner for the Knights.
Skyview boys 2, Grace Christian 1
The Panthers, the No. 2 seed from the Southern Division, overcame an early deficit against the Grizzlies, the No. 3 seed from the Northern Division, in Friday's opening round.
Justin Lucia gave Grace a 1-0 lead just eight minutes into the match, but Skyview's Jacob Oliver came back with a goal just four minutes later.
Josh Rowell provided Skyview with the match-winner in the 58th minute.
Soldotna boys 2, Wasilla 1
The Stars, the No. 3 seed from the Southern Division, proved a victory over the Warriors, the No. 2 seed in the Northern Division, in the regular season was no fluke.
Soldotna got its first goal of the game in the 24th minute when the Warriors tapped the ball into their own net.
Wasilla's Cody Schierman drew his team even in the 27th minute with a goal, but SoHi's Peter Kim scored the match-winner with 22 minutes left in the match.
Kenai boys 3, Palmer 0
A scoring barrage in the second half pushed Kenai, the No. 1 seed in the Southern Division, past Palmer, the No. 4 seed in the Northern Division, in Friday's opening round.
After the teams played a scoreless first half, Micah Lillard got the Kardinals on the board with a goal seven minutes into the second half of play.
The Kardinals received another goal in the 72nd minute, then Owen Brewer finished off the Moose with a goal with one minute remaining.
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