Too much Teemu. Again.
Colony forward Teemu Maki, a foreign-exchange student from Finland, scored his second goal with one minute left Thursday to lift the Knights to a 3-2 victory over Skyview in the opening round of the state soccer tournament at Dimond High School in Anchorage.
In the other match at state involving a peninsula team, the Homer girls lost to West 3-0 at Dimond High School.
Both peninsula squads fall into the fourth-place bracket. Skyview will try to keep its season alive with a 4 p.m. match against West at Dimond today, while Homer faces Palmer at 6 p.m. at Dimond today.
Saturday, in the championship game of the Northern Lights Conference tournament, Maki scored in overtime to earn the Knights a 2-1 victory.
Thursday, with the score tied at 1-1, Maki appeared to have dealt Skyview another tough blow when he scored with six minutes left in the match.
Three minutes later, Skyview forward Kyle Eshleman beat his man and put in a goal to tie the match at 2-2. It was Eshleman's 17th goal of the year, breaking Skyview's school record.
Two minutes later, Maki got free again for a goal that meant the Panthers will not be able to match their third-place finish at state from a year ago.
Colony defeated Skyview three times this season, all by one goal.
"They have our number," Skyview coach Dave Carpenter said.
Carpenter said both teams did their share of attacking in the game.
"I would even say we pressured them quite a bit more," Carpenter said. "They were just able to convert very well."
Colony got on the board five minutes into the game, when Austin Manelick scored off a corner kick. At the 32nd minute, Skyview's Trevor Barber scored to tie the match at 1.
Eshleman earned player of the game honors for Skyview, while Carpenter also said Barber was outstanding. The coach also said Richard Derkevorkian and Timmy Sturm had solid games on defense.
West is the third seed at the tournament. The Eagles are now 6-2-1 after falling to sixth-seeded Palmer 2-0 Thursday.
"We'll now fall back on our senior leadership," Carpenter said. "We may be facing what could be our last game, and I'd like to see these guys go out on a winning note."
Homer fell behind West 3-0 in the first half and never recovered.
"We played apprehensive at first," Homer coach Mickey Todd said. "They dominated the first 25 or 30 minutes.
"Then, we played with them a little bit."
Todd said the Eagles still had scoring opportunities in the second half, but that Homer's defense played a lot better.
Todd said Kyenna McKinstry and Katie Arno had good games at defense, while Claire Siekaniec played well in the midfield.
The Mariners defeated the Moose 2-1 in the semifinals of the NLC tournament last week. Todd said the goal of his squad coming into the tournament was to win a game. The Mariners failed to win a game in two previous state appearances.
"We still have a goal set of winning one game," Todd said. "If we win tomorrow, we get to play Saturday. There's an opportunity for two wins there."
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