With ice piled high along the side lines the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears girls soccer team wasted little time enjoying the spring thaw on Adair Kennedy Field as Rebekka Ord put a goal into Ketchikan’s net in the first five minutes of play on Thursday night.
Ord would score twice in the first half and Kiera Clark found the net once in the second half as the Crimson Bears dominated play against the visiting Kings.
“It is still early,” JDHS coach Matt Dusenberry said. “In the first half we were playing the ball where it should be played but we were often taking one or two to many touches or playing it to the wrong side of the right run. I think we settled down in the second half and let the ball do the work and we found each other more.”
Ord broke free in the middle and ran under an assist from Tessa Smith to knock the shot inside the left post at the 4:47 mark of the first half.
At the 27 minute mark Ord took a perfect crossing pass from Sid Browning to score from 15 yards out
“In a one v one situation I like my chances with Rebekka,” Dusenberry said. “She played well, as did Solana and Sid and we got strong efforts from everyone who played.”
At the 47 minute Kiera Clark put in a kill shot with an assist from Rebekah Badilla for the final tally.
Ketchikan had just seven shots total on goal and their keeper saved 10 shots.
The Crimson Bears put 24 shots against the Ketchikan defense and Cheyenne Siverly saved three shots. Ketchikan had six fouls and JDHS three.
Sid Browning was given the Hard Hat Award by the coaches after the game for playing the wing position that requires a lot of running; from one end if the ball is lost to play defense, and to the opponent’s goal when on offense.
“I was having trouble in California because this is a new position in our offense, formation-wise,” Browning said. “I think today I finally kind of comprehended what I was supposed to do and I am learning the position. You have to always be forward on the outside for passes to cross in but you also have to get back. Since this year we have three back I have to get back there more than usual. So it is a lot more running.”