Local soccer teams welcome powerhouses to town

The Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls’ soccer teams and the Thunder Mountain boy’s soccer team will be in action at home this weekend.


The Crimson Bears boys and girls will host the West Anchorage Eagles tonight at Adair Kennedy Field at 5:15 p.m. (boys) and 7 p.m. (girls).

“Historically they have been in the top tier, perennially,” JDHS coach Gary Lehnhart said. “They usually present a fairly strong side. They have good coaching stability and consistency on the top. The team plays good skillful soccer.”

On Saturday the JDHS boys will scrimmage against the Lake Washington (Kirkland, Wash.) Kangs at 3 p.m. and then play them again on Sunday at 1 p.m., both games are at Adair Kennedy Field.

The Crimson Bears have faced West in the last few series of the state championships, usually in the semifinals, and have won.

“Our last two state tournament semis were overtime games against them,” Lehnhart said. “They were great games.”

The JDHS boys are on a nice run of wins, beating Ketchikan and Thunder Mountain while surrendering just one goal.

“I thought we played pretty good defense,” Lehnhart said. “But I agree with our team’s assessment that we didn’t convert a lot of chances. We were pretty inconsistent in putting the ball in the net, but we created a lot of opportunities.”

The Thunder Mountain boys will play West at 4:45 p.m. Saturday at Adair Kennedy Field.

“We are recovering from a long week of playing Sitka and JDHS,” Falcons’ coach Sam Greely said. “We have guys recovering and getting their grades up so this was nice to just have a week of practice. I think we should be at full strength and it should be exciting.”

Greely said the side has worked on a lot of errors that were just mental mistakes and have been getting used to each other on the pitch.

“We just need to focus on our game,” Greely said.

The JD girls will play the West girls at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday at Adair Kennedy.

The Crimson Bears girls played West last year when both teams were senior laden and it was the fourth game of a four-game road trip. The Crimson Bears won 2-0. West has a talented crop of players including forwards Annie Rush, Anna Sophia Roberts and Alexandra Rojas-Ayala.

“We haven’t had Marlena (Sloss) for several games,” Crimson Bears coach Matt Dusenberry said. “She has been a starter since last year and hopefully we have her back this weekend. We have slowly been easing her back into practice.”

Sloss was injured during the California road trip. A photo in the Juneau Empire later identified Solana Ashe as Sloss, as a forgotten uniform resulted in Ashe borrowing that of Sloss.

The current Region V Music Festival will also affect the Crimson Bears’ rosters, as players involved in both activities are required to fulfill their musical obligations currently underway in Sitka. The festival ends on Saturday. If players have finished their competitions at the festival they can leave at their own expense to make the soccer games.

Senior Cassidy Davenport is one of the multi-talented athlete/performers who will fulfill both commitments. Senior Ruby Steedle may miss the games and sophomore Katie McKeown was slightly injured in practice and will not play.

The boys will deal music festival absences, foreign exchange students on trips and religious absences on Sunday.

“I am just headed out to the field to tell players who is playing in what game,” Lehnhart said on Thursday. “It is kind of an interesting mix. We have a lot of kids out. We generally don’t play on Sunday and I feel bad when we get into a bind that we have to play on Sunday. Because of travel issues this is what worked out for Lake Washington.”

The Crimson Bears defeated the Kangs 1-0 last year at Kirkland.

The Thunder Mountain Falcons’ girls are off until Tuesday when both Falcons’ squads play against JDHS at Adair Kennedy, boys at 5:15 p.m. (JV 3:30) and girls at 7 p.m.


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