Eagle River ends Chugiak's girls soccer season
Chugiak’s girls soccer season ended with a 3-1 loss to rival Eagle River in the opening round of the Cook Inlet Conference tournament Thursday, May 17 at the Wolves’ den.
Jackie Klecka led sixth-seeded Eagle River in the upset over No. 3 Chugiak with two goals.
After Chris Bottini gave the Wolves a 1-0 lead at halftime, Klecka notched two quick strikes in the second half to give Eagle River its first win over Chugiak this season. The Mustangs swept the regular season series with two, one-goal victories.
Chugiak couldn’t find the back of the net, said Mustangs’ head coach Paul Brehmer.
“Especially in the first half, we couldn’t buy a goal,” he said.
Chugiak rang two shots off the crossbar in the opening 40 minutes.
The loss wasn’t due to lack of effort, Brehmer said.
“We played hard,” he said. “I knew it’d be a close game.”
But, Brehmer said, Chugiak’s defense looked shaky at times.
Klecka’s first goal came 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 down. Frankl, a senior, left in an ambulance with a broken femur, Eagle River head coach Lauren Mason said.
Klecka, who had more than 30 minutes to think about her shot placement as medics attended to Frankl, said she was nervous prior to the free kick.
“Penalty kicks are really mental,” she said.
Klecka sealed the victory with her second goal of the game to put the Wolves up 3-0.
Eagle River was more prepared for its third meeting with the Mustangs, Klecka said.
“We came out in the beginning more willing to win,” she said.
Chugiak captain Susan Fleurant scored late for the Mustangs. Fleurant is one of four seniors graduating from the team. The others include Zellers, Elyse Perez and Kayla Mays.
“Beka will be particularly hard to replace,” Brehmer said of Zellers, a first team All-Conference selection.
Chugiak’s Holly Brehmer was also a first team All-CIC selection.
Fleurant and freshman Catherine Jorgensen earned second team All-CIC honors, and Jessi Beverlin and Grace Ogden were honorable mention for Chugiak.
Though the Mustangs are losing talented seniors, Brehmer said, Chugiak will have a plenty of returners next season.
“It should be a pretty solid group again,” he said.
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