The Thunder Mountain girls’ soccer team showed the intensity on the field its coaches were looking for, but the Falcons’ improved play has yet to result in a victory.
Service took it to TMHS by a score of 7-0 Saturday evening after falling to Juneau-Douglas earlier in the day at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.
“I have to give the girls credit for the work they’ve been doing since the beginning of the season,” Falcons co-coach Moctar Diouf said. “When you don’t have the skill level you need on a team, one thing that is a given is conditioning. If you work on that, it’s going to allow you to sustain the intensity of a whole game.”
Service, which is down a bit from its championship teams of recent years, came out and set the tone early. Leah Camery scored the first two goals of the game, Meghan Dotten added two of her own and Yelena Cavens, Kaitlin Miknich and Allisson White chipped in a score apiece to send the Falcons to their fifth straight loss.
But Thunder Mountain is making progress, giving itself more opportunities to score as the season continues.
“We are so glad we’re seeing that now, versus last year when we didn’t see it until the last game,” Diouf said. “So it’s a good feeling with seven games left to play now.”
Diouf also said the biggest improvement on the field has been at the offensive end, where the Falcons have shown they can create more than in the past.
“For the first few games, the girls didn’t know they could do more than just defend. But that was our main focus,” he said. “Now they realize they can actually move the ball and think about attacking.”
Sophomore Katie Tarver suffered an injury in the second half when she hit the ground on a physical play at midfield. She got tangled up with a Service player and had her legs taken out from under her before landing hard on her back. Tarver has dealt with back problems in the past, and the extent of her injury is unknown. She joins Jonelle Staveland on the injury list for the beat up Falcons.
Thunder Mountain (0-5-0, 0-4-0) travels to Ketchikan for a two-game series Friday and Saturday against the Kings.
Ketchikan sneaks by TMHS
The Falcons started the season against the toughest competition in Southeast Alaska facing Juneau-Douglas.
But Thunder Mountain looked like a completely different team against Ketchikan on Friday night in a 2-0 loss at TMHS.
The Falcons’ defense played its best game of the season and the offense created several chances to score in a closely contested battle under the lights.
“We are very happy with this game because they showed us what we really had and what they were made of,” TMHS co-coach Moctar Diouf said. “They did everything right. No matter who we had in goal, those two shots they made would have gone in.”
The Kings hit two long-range shots that sailed by keeper Gesabel Rosa’s hands, but both were rockets any young keeper would have had trouble with.
“It was just one of those days where the other team was lucky enough to put it in,” Diouf said. “We were pleased with the way we played.”
The Falcons’ defense didn’t allow a goal until just before the break and continued to hold after intermission before giving up the second goal near the end of the match.