Eagle River soccer sweeps Chugiak in advance of key Interior trips for both schools

Monday, May 20, 2019 - 12:58
  • Chugiak’s Ashley Hicks, left, and Eagle River’s Abbie Johnson look in the direction of the ball during a match Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at Eagle River High. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Chugiak’s Grant Jones (25) and Eagle River’s Cade Van Meter battle for the ball during a game Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at Eagle River High. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Eagle River’s Aurora Berndt dribbles the ball through the Chugiak defense during a match Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at Eagle River High. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Chugiak and Eagle River high school soccer players chase the ball during a game Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at Eagle River High. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Chugiak’s goalie kicks the ball during a match against Chugiak at Eagle River High School on Tuesday, May 14, 2019. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River High)
  • Eagle River’s Sam Snider and Chugiak’s Owen Lewis battle for the ball during a game Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at Eagle River High. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Eagle River’s Ashton McClaskey (11) and Sydney Swanson hug teammate Joselie Becerra after Becerra scored a goal in the second half of the Wolves’ 2-0 win over Chugiak on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at Eagle River High. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Eagle River’s Tanner Johnson kicks the ball past the Chugiak defense toward the net while scoring on a free kick at the end of the first half of a match Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at Eagle River High School. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Chugiak’s Grant Jones prepares to shoot as Eagle River defender Jake Herr and goalie John Heaphy give chase during a game Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at Eagle River High. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Chugiak’s Francis Wanek kicks the ball as Eagle River’s Sam Snider (10) and several other players converge during a game Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at Eagle River High. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Chugiak’s Ashley Hicks, left, and Eagle River’s Joseline Becerra chase the ball during a match Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at Eagle River High. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)

Eagle River swept Chugiak on Senior Night Tuesday, getting a pair of valuable prep soccer wins in advance of crucial road trips to Fairbanks for both schools.

The Eagle River girl opened Tuesday’s doubleheader with a 2-0 shutout, and the boys followed with a 2-1 thriller in the nightcap to keep their hopes alive of playing at home in the upcoming state tournament.

In the girls game, Cassie Scott scored in the first half off a pass from Ashton McClaskey and Joseline Becerra added some insurance in the second to lift the Wolves to 2-5-1 in the Railbelt. Ashlynn Walker had a shutout in goal as Eagle River moved within a point of clinching a berth in the playoffs. The fourth-place Wolves can clinch this weekend when they travel to the Interior for matches Friday against Lathrop (0-7-1) and Saturday at West Valley (4-3-1).

In the boys game, Tanner Johnson scored on a direct kick from just outside the penalty area at the end of the first half and Jon Streff scored after Chugiak (2-5-1) tied it in the second to give Eagle River (1-6-1) its first Railbelt win of the season.

Both teams head north this weekend; with Chugiak facing West Valley Friday afternoon and taking on Lathrop Saturday morning.

All four local teams can still qualify for the state tournament, which takes the top four teams in the six-team conference. State begins May 23 and will be held at Eagle River, West and Service High Schools.

For a complete schedule, visit asaa.org.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story misstated who scored the first goal for the Eagle River girls.

RAILBELT CONFERENCE

BOYS (W-L-T)

West Valley 7-0-1

Colony 7-1-1

Wasilla 4-4-1

Chugiak 2-5-1

Lathrop 1-6-1

Eagle River 1-6-1

GIRLS

Colony 8-0-1

Wasilla 7-0-2

West Valley 4-3-1

Eagle River 2-5-1

Chugiak 0-6-2

Lathrop 0-7-1

Upcoming games:

Friday, May 17

GIRLS

Chugiak at West Valley, 5 p.m.

Eagle River at Lathrop, 5 p.m.

BOYS

Chugiak at West Valley, 7 p.m.

Eagle River at Lathrop, 7 p.m.

Saturday, May 18

BOYS

Chugiak at Lathrop, 9 a.m.

Eagle River at West Valley, 9 a.m.

GIRLS

Chugiak at Lathrop, 11 a.m.

Eagle River at West Valley, 11 a.m.

End regular season

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