Eagle River girls soccer steamrolls Bartlett

Klecka racks up four goals in 8-0 win


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Eagle River’s Mykela Carroll controls the ball during a CIC match against Bartlett at The Dome on April 5. The Wolves won 8-0.

STAR PHOTO BY MIKE NESPER

Jackie Klecka erupted for four goals to lead Eagle River girls soccer 8-0 past Bartlett on April 5 at The Dome. With the win, the Wolves improved to 2-2-1 in Cook Inlet Conference play.

Klecka and Shayna Wolery netted two goals each and Nikki Boggs added one to give Eagle River a 5-0 lead at the half. Klecka added two more in the second half, and Clarie Bottini rounded out the scoring.

After less-than-satisfactory performances against West and Chugiak, the Wolves turned things around against the Golden Bears, head coach Lauren Mason said.

“It was good for them to come out and get a decisive victory,” she said.

Eagle River won the possession game, Mason said.

“We kept the ball well,” she said. “Their shape was good.”

Mason said she wanted her team to play a full 80 minutes against the Golden Bears.

“You never know what you’re gonna get with Bartlett,” she said.

Klecka said the rout over Bartlett gave Eagle River an opportunity to prepare for a tough match against Dimond on Saturday, April 14.

“It was kind of a (preliminary) game for Dimond,” she said.

The game is scheduled for 9 a.m. at Dimond. Check www.asdk12.org for game location, depending on field conditions.

Klecka said Eagle River accomplished both of its goals against Bartlett in preparation for the Lynx, who have racked up 23 goals for and just two goals against in their first four games.

“We wanted to work on possession and getting goals in,” she said.

To beat Dimond, Klecka said, Eagle River will need to play aggressive and be first on the ball.

“Our team is big on getting to first and second balls,” she said.

Eagle River has the skill to play with anyone in the CIC, Klecka said.

“We’re really strong this year,” she said.

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