Chugiak boys soccer goes down fighting
Team plays its best in CIC tourney loss
Chugiak’s Chase Huntzinger (20) goes up for a header against South’s Zak Naylor as Chugiak’s Isaac Wolf looks on during South’s 5-0 Cook Inlet Conference tournament win at South High on Thursday, May 17. Chugiak was eliminated from post season play.
Scoreboards never lie — but they don’t always tell the whole story, either.
Following his team’s 5-0 loss to No. 2 South in the opening round of the Cook Inlet Conference boys soccer tournament at South High on May 17, Chugiak head coach Mikey Evans said his seventh-seeded squad put together its best match of the season.
“I really am proud of these guys,” Evans said. “They definitely played their best match of the season.”
Against one of the top teams in the state (South lost 2-1 in the CIC final to Dimond), Chugiak managed to hold its own, creating several scoring chances and putting pressure on South’s back line throughout the game.
“For the seniors, you hate to have your last result be a 5-0 loss, but at least it’s to a good team who’s going to be a contender for the state title,” he said.
Evans said the game could have been even closer, but he told his players at halftime that a defensive-minded gameplan would be a waste of time.
“We didn’t come here to do that,” he told his squad.
South led 3-0 at the half, then tacked on a pair of goals by Nathan Chartier to pull away.
Evans pointed out that Chugiak struggled with injuries and defections during the season and had to play players out of position all season. Some of the team’s best attackers were forced to play in the midfield, he said, and the Mustangs lacked a true goal-scorer on the front line. That meant players had to work even harder to move the ball into the offensive end of the pitch.
“We were short up top this year and had to make up for it in workrate,” he said.
Despite having to play shorthanded, Evans said his team — which loses 10 seniors to graduation — refused to quit on each other.
“Their attitude was super,” he said.
Evans also praised first-year assistant Brian Rolston, who he said connected extremely well with the players.
“He’s been a super addition to the program,” he said. “I hope he’s able to continue for many years in the future.”
Evans said he won’t be back with the squad next season. He said Matt Miller, who coached the junior varsity last season, will take over the job in the spring.
2012 Boys CIC All-Conference teams:
Keepers: Robert Heredia, West, Arturo Oberto, Dimond;
Defenders: Matt Froelich, Dimond, Carson Klever, West, Ronald Perry, South, Rian Phillips, East;
Midfielders: Max Osgood, West, Addie Platt, Eagle River, Michael Sedor, Dimond, Hayden Western, South;
Forwards: Paul Matyas, East, Travis Merritt, Dimond, Zac Naylor, South, Jack Sedor, Dimond;
Utility: Brock Crowe, Dimond, Adam Klie, Service, Danny Kreilkamp, East, Connor Stearns, West.
Keepers: Brody Montoya, Eagle River, Griffin Toomey, South;
Defenders: Adam Eberhart, South, Kirby Graff, Service, Cory Snyder, Dimond, Taylor Zietlow, South;
Midfielders: Felipe Costa, East, Austin Portch, Dimond, Fatos Redzepi, West, Brady Sanders, Chugiak;
Forwards: Josh Contreras, West, Joao Gomez, Bartlett, Patrick Prior, Eagle River, Kevin Waterman, Eagle River;
Utility: Jorge Alvarenga, East, John Bassler, South, Quinn Hulse, Eagle River, Yeng Loi, Bartlett.
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