Kickin' around

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 23:00
Chugiak, Eagle River girls’ soccer squads post wins against non-conference, CIC foes
Senior Tristyn Hall confronts the Colony keeper with aggressive play in the first half Saturday at Colony. Though denied on this play, Hall posted two goals, one of five Chugiak players to come up with multiple goals. Hall helped spearhead the team’s offensive attack, with nine shot among the team’s 39-attempt barrage en route to a 12-0 victory.

One would think the Chugiak girls’ soccer has been itching to take their talents outdoors, at least according to Saturday’s onslaught of host Colony.

The Mustangs unloaded with 39 shots in non-league action, scoring a dozen evenly divided by consistent first and second half play, noted head coach Paul Brehmer.

Chugiak pressured the Colony keeper early and often scoring two goals in the first five minutes. The scoring barely fell off, despite the Mustang coach utilizing his full bench.

Senior Holly Brehmer had her best game of the season so far, figuring in on half the team’s goals, posting three herself and handing out three assists, two to freshman Alexis McKinnon, who also scored three goals, including the game’s only “header”.

Tristyn Hall and Alexis Day both had two goals on seven shots apiece, while Holly Romero scored twice among her four attempts.

Coach Brehmer said he was pleased with the team’s passing and ability to keep the field large, with the team often moving the ball from sideline to sideline in forging attacks on the Colony goal.

The coach credited the team’s resolve following a tie to East, then loss to South to open their game schedule.

“I was happy with the way the team played, and not so much because of the results but rather because the players stayed focused and kept their work rate high,” he said.

Mustang keeper Alexis Trombley was credit with two saves in the shutout.

With the victory, the team now sports an “aces wild” record, at one win, one loss, one tie. In earlier action Saturday, the Chugiak JV girls’ team defeated the Knights, 11-0.

The Chugiak boys’ varsity squad lost to host Colony, 3-1, also Saturday, with senior midfielder Brady Sanders scoring off the assist of Tyler Foster. Sanders struck from just inside the 18-yard box.

Coach Matt Miller said the Mustangs, now 0-3 on the season, had been battling well against opponents in the midfield but are struggling with finishing off the scoring opportunity with the ball at the back of opponent’s nets.

Miller said the team has the misfortune of playing three of the state’s top teams to open this year. Last year Colony and South met in the state finals, while Dimond was eliminated in the semifinals, reported the coach.

“Yup, right of the bat, we play the top teams,” mourned Miller, pleased with the team’s effort.

The coach had highest praise for goalie Brian Sorensen. “He made some tremendous saves. He kept us in the game,” he added.

The Eagle River girls’ varsity team rebounded from their season-opening 5-1 loss to West, to post a 3-1 win over Bartlett on March 29. Three different players, Mallory Garbe, Nikki Boggs, and Drew Shepherd, scored goals for the Wolves.

Goalie Tara Fisher recorded the win in net.

“We made some tactical changes in our formation,” said head coach Trent Boggs, accounting for the difference in results of the two games.

Boggs said any scheduling of midweek games this past week were pre-empted due to the district-wide testing for the state exit exam, but that the Wolves will have a busy week coming, starting April 11 as they fly to Juneau for a pair of games over the weekend. The local coach said the team is most likely to play both the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears and Thunder Mountain Falcons.

“Actually we’re not sure of who we will be playing and when,” said the coach, excited to take the team on the trip.

The Eagle River boys’ varsity team will also be making the trip and are scheduled to play three games total over the weekend against the two schools, reported Boggs.

Boys coach Eric Dearborn could not be reached to comment on the Bartlett game.

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