ER boys under new leadership
Coach says Wolves showing good teamwork early
Eagle RIver’s Bryce Wolery battles for the ball against a South player during Eagle River’s match against the Wolverines on Monday, March 19 at The Dome in Anchorage.
STAR PHOTO BY MATT TUNSETH
First-year head soccer coach Max Solodkii couldn’t ask for a better team to start his career at ERHS.
Eagle River High’s boys team is one of the best groups Solodkii’s had the opportunity to coach, he said.
“It’s a good bunch,” he said. “A very good group of boys.”
Solodkii said the team doesn’t have a single “superstar,” and no one plays with a chip on their shoulder.
“There is no attitude, which is great,” he said. “There’s really no, ‘I am the superstar.’ I’m actually pretty lucky to get a bunch like this,” said Solodkii, who took over the reigns from Luke Almon.
The squad is already showing signs of great teamwork early in the season, Solodkii said.
“They work well together, which makes my job a lot easier,” he said. “Everyone gets along pretty well, which will help us out in the long run.”
Addie Platt and Bryce Wolery are two of five key returners, Solodkii said.
The junior varsity and varsity teams should have 15 kids each, Solodkii said, with eight seniors on varsity. Newcomer Gus Frankl will also play big minutes for the Wolves, he said.
“He’s got a solid left foot,” Solodkii said of the freshman. “He sees the field pretty well.”
Solodkii, who played basketball for the University of Alaska Anchorage from 1998 to 2001, is familiar with Chugiak-Eagle River soccer. Solodkii said he assisted with the Chugiak Cyclones in the past and was familiar with some of Eagle River’s boys prior to taking the head coach position.
Eagle River opened its season Monday, March 19 against South. The Wolves trailed just 1-0 at the half before the Wolverines put things out of reach with five second-half goals to take a 6-0 victory.
The Wolves next play Service on Saturday, March 24 at 9:45 a.m. at The Dome, and then take on West on March 28 at 6:30 p.m. at The Dome.
The Wolves managed just two wins last season, and Solodkii said his first goal is to improve on that record. Solodkii said his second goal is to finish above .500.
“I want to be better than last year,” he said. “We’re just gonna take it a day at a time, a game at a time and move forward.”
The team is still adjusting to its new coach, and Solodkii is adjusting to a new team, but everything has been going well, Solodkii said.
“So far, it’s been pretty good,” he said.