Mustang girls outrun Wolves, 3-0
In the first outdoor soccer meeting between the two local schools, the Chugiak girls defeated Eagle River, 3-0, while the boys followed with a 1-1 draw in action at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium on April 23.
Freshman Alexis McKinnon scored the lone goal of the first half off the assists from Molly Romero and Holly Brehmer in the closing minutes of the half.
Chugiak redoubled the output in the second half with Brehmer scoring a breakaway early on, followed by her successful conversion on a penalty kick in the final minute.
Eagle River coach Laura Gardner said she was pretty pleased with her team’s defense, but said the squad didn’t have an answer for Brehmer.
“She shredded our defense. But I thought we kept everyone else pretty much in check,” said Gardner, herself an Alaska state champ, playing goalkeeper for East Anchorage High in 2001.
Chugiak pelted Wolves keeper Tasha Fisher with nearly two dozen shots while Mustang keep Alexis Trombley stopped seven attempts in posting the shutout.
Eagle River’s best attempt to score came in the first half on a long throw-in that eluded Trombley and members of both teams before bounding harmlessly through the far side of the goal box.
The Mustang boys team appeared to have secured their first conference win after senior captain Brady Sander’s goal midway through the first half.
Chugiak coach Matt Miller cautioned his team at halftime.
“One goal is not enough,” he said, urging the squad to a sustained effort after intermission.
The words provided true with the Wolves scoring the tying goal in the last ten minutes off a corner kick that was ultimately headed into the net behind Chugiak goalie Brian Sorensen.
Eagle River coach Eric Dearborn reported that it was Jacob Whitehead who was responsible for the equalizer.
“His determination and hard work resulted in a decent outcome,” said Dearborn, adding that he looks forward to the second meeting between the two teams.
“It should be another good game when we play next,” he said. That game is slated for April 30, at Eagle River High.
Dearborn said the tie score came at a price.
“We’ve had two major injuries, potentially season-ending, that have lowered our numbers some. Attitude is good and players have shown significant improvement working together in a group,” he said.
The Wolves now sport an overall record of 1-2-2, with their two deadlocks with Chugiak and West.
Chugiak’s recent fortune continued on its familiar path, with the girls winning, the boys losing, as the Mustangs played host to Bartlett, April 24, at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium.
Holly Brehmer scored five to lead the bevy of goals, with Alexis Day adding two. Marlo Smith, Alexis McKinnon, Gretchen Weinzirl and Molly Romero each scored one.
In boys’ action, the Mustangs fell to the Bears, 3-1, following a pair of early goals eluding replacement goalie Daniel Ogden.
Coach Miller had said the regular net-minder was unavailable for the game, opening the opportunity up to Ogden who had previous experience as a keeper “as a nine-year-old, or something like that,” said the coach.
With lingering injuries to players like Max Haines, Miller said he was yet to field his best defensive unit.
But the problem remains – putting the ball into the back of the net.
“We need someone else beside Brady (Sanders) to score,” he said.
The team’s one-goal output attests the squad’s ongoing dilemma.