Eagle River upsets Chugiak

Wolves play South in CIC semifinal


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Val Stewart (#9) and Paulette Mordini, right, hug Jackie Klecka after Eagle River upset Chugiak 3-1 in the opening round of the CIC girls soccer tournament Thursday, May 17 at Eagle River.

STAR PHOTO BY MIKE NESPER

Senior Jackie Klecka scored two second-half goals to lead sixth-seeded Eagle River past No. 3 Chugiak 3-1 in the opening round of the girls Cook Inlet Conference soccer tournament Thursday, May 17 at Eagle River.

The Wolves play No. 2 South on Friday, May 18, on their home turf at 2 p.m. with a championship berth on the line.

The Mustangs swept the regular season series with their crosstown rival, however, Eagle River was more prepared the third time around, Klecka said.

“We came out in the beginning more willing to win,” she said.

Chris Bottini gave Eagle River a 1-0 lead at the half.

Klecka struck early in the second half on a penalty kick that was awarded to Eagle River after Sarah Frankl was clipped by Chugiak keeper Beka Zellers. As Frankl made a move around Zellers, the Chugiak goalie’s hand caught Frankl’s foot, bringing her crashing to the down. Frankl left in an ambulance with an apparent lower body injury.

Klecka added some insurance with her second goal of the game to put Eagle River up 3-0.

Senior captain Susan Fleurant scored late in the match for Chugiak.

 

Contact Mike Nesper at 694-2727 or mike.nesper@alaskastar.com

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