Eagle River soccer teams make most of trip to Capitol City
The Eagle River boys and girls soccer teams enjoyed great weather and good success on their games in Juneau, playing the Crimson Bears and Thunder Mountain Falcons, Friday and Saturday.
The Wolves boys’ team defeated the Falcons in games Friday and late Saturday, amidst a lost to the Juneau-Douglas Bears early Saturday.
The Eagle River girls managed a pair of 2-2 ties against Juneau-Douglas. The Bears spoiled a would-be Wolves win, leveling the score late in the game Friday, only to have the visiting Wolves return the favor Saturday.
Boys head coach Eric Dearborn said the weather was phenomenal with daytime temps in the mid-40s, low-50s. The coach said they used the time off the field to walk the streets of the Southeast Capitol city, and visit the Mendenhall Glacier.
The Eagle River girls’ team, playing only one game each day, used their available hours for things more scholarly, visiting the state legislative chambers and meeting with Rep. Dan Sadler and Rep. Lora Reinbold on Friday.
Girls coach Trent Boggs said that Sadler and his Chief of Staff Kim Skipper arranged a tour of the Capitol Building and the Governor’s Mansion prior to their game Friday.
The Legislative Budget & Audit Committee Chair Anna Fairclough, a resident of Eagle River since 1985, also introduced the team from the Senate Floor during session Friday.
Rep. Reinbold “rode the pine”, sitting the player bench with the Wolves team for Friday night game, Boggs said.
Between the two teams, the boys played three games, the girls, twice, between with the Wolves facing the Thunder Mountain boys varsity squad. Eagle River won, 4-0, on goals form Vincent Houston, Keaton Sullivan, Jordan Scott and Ryan Suckow.
The girls followed the game, playing Juneau Douglas, in an 8 p.m. game on the Thunder Mountain pitch, suffering a late-game tally by the Bears that resulted in a 2-2 tie. Eagle River High had pulled ahead, 2-1, on goals scored by Jessie Scott and Mallory Garbe.
Saturday morning action featured the Wolves boys’ team losing to a highly-skilled Juneau-Douglas squad, 4-0.
“It was like night and day, playing Thunder Mountain, then Juneau,” said Dearborn.
While the Wolves had dominated play against the Falcons, the local team found themselves on their heels from the get-go against the Bears.
“They nearly scored in the first thirty seconds,” said Dearborn.
The coach praised the play of junior goalie Chris Jensen, who fielded many fine defenses of his net, in spite of the losing effort.
The girls team returned to action Saturday afternoon, with the Wolves scoring the late-game equalizer to secure a duplicate 2-2 tie.
After following behind 2-0 at halftime, junior midfielder Nikki Boggs found the back of the Bears net early in the second half, with sophomore Allonna Walker completing the comeback with a goal in the closing second.
The Eagle River boys team then took the field for another game against Thunder Mountain, beating the Falcons, 5-0, thanks to the stellar goal-minding from junior keeper Keegan Willeford.
“Both goals played very well for us this weekend,” said Dearborn, of Jensen and Willeford.
Keaton Sullivan scored both goals as the Wolves rushed out to a 2-0 halftime lead, then continued the pressure on the second half with insurance goals from Vincent Houston, Neils Frage and Dylan Johnson.
Eagle River outshot the Falcons, 39-3, in the second game, reported Dearborn.
The Wolves soccer teams flew back to Anchorage Sunday morning and have a busy week ahead of them, facing Dimond, April 17, and East, April 19. All games are at The Dome.
The much anticipated pairing between Chugiak and Eagle River High will take place on the Wolves home turf, Tuesday, April 22, with the girls varsity at 5 p.m., and boys, 7 p.m.