Chugiak girls soccer downs defending state champs

Zellers posts fourth shutout in 1-0 win over South


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Chugiak’s Holly Brehmer leaps over a South’s Morgan Hooe during a conference match April 5 at The Dome. The Mustangs won 1-0.

STAR PHOTOS BY MIKE NESPER

Chugiak girls soccer withstood a late-game onslaught to hand defending Class 4A state champions South High its first loss of the season 1-0 on April 5 at The Dome. With the win, Chugiak improved to 4-1 in the Cook Inlet Conference.

“This is a huge win,” said Holly Brehmer. “We’re all really excited.”

Jessi Beverlin scored the game’s lone goal midway through the first half before suffering an ankle injury that will likely sideline her for the next several weeks, head coach Paul Brehmer said.

In the waning minutes of the game, the Wolverines had three prime scoring chances. After a close-range shot from inside Chugiak’s box went wide, a South free kick skipped over the head of Mustangs’ keeper Beka Zellers. But Holly Brehmer was behind Zellers to save the tying goal and boot the ball away from danger.

Shortly after, Zellers made a diving save, getting her fingertips on the ball to earn her fourth shutout in five games.

At the end of the game, Chugiak’s sole focus was to keep the ball as far away from their goal as possible, Holly Brehmer said.

“We just wanted to make sure we got the ball up the field and kept them from scoring,” she said.

Zellers wasn’t rattled by South’s late offensive surge.

“I try to take it one play at a time,” she said. “I don’t think about the score. I just try to stay on my line.”

Chugiak was able to counter South’s second-half push, Holly Brehmer said.

“We knew that they were gonna come out really hard. We knew we had to come out just as hard,” she said. “We couldn’t let up.”

And the Mustangs didn’t.

“Everybody played hard,” Zellers said. “Nobody gave up at the end — and it showed.”

Playing as one unit keyed the victory, Zellers said.

“We played great as a team,” she said.

Chugiak’s next game is against West (1-3-1) on Saturday, April 14 at 9 a.m. Check www.asdk12.org for game location, depending on field conditions.

Chugiak will need to use its quickness to get past the Eagles, Holly Brehmer said.

“We have a lot speed,” she said. “We just have to use it.”

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