The Juneau-Douglas High School Crimson Bears soccer team continued to dominate southeast opponents on Saturday with a 5-0 win over neighboring Thunder Mountain at Adair Kennedy Field.
And they did it without key senior keeper Max Lyons who is out with an unspecified injury. Freshman Sam Bibb got his first varsity start in the net and responded with a perfect outing with four saves.
“It is just some general wear and tear on the body,” JDHS coach Gary Lehnhart said. “We have some big games coming up this next week in Anchorage and he needed to take some time off. It was fun to give Sam a chance and he did well.”
The Crimson Bears scored in the 12th minute of play when junior midfielder Stuart Thurston crossed a pass to forward classmate Jackson Lehnhart.
Senior forward Darien Stanger brought the next two balls down the pitch and, instead of taking a shot, unselfishly put perfect touches on the ball and laid it off to freshman midfielder Nick Stewart for goals two and three.
Stanger scored on a break-a-way off a through ball from junior midfielder Tommy Thompson for the fourth goal.
The final goal was a corner kick from senior defenseman Peter Bellagh into senior midfielder Jericho Cristobal.
The Falcons have junior keeper Jasper Soriano to thank for keeping the score in a single digit. The Crimson Bears put 20 shots on goal, and Soriano got a hand on most, earning 10 saves.
“Jasper had a fantastic game,” Lehnhart said. “He made a save toward the end of the first half, at the back of the net, I don’t know how he got there and knocked it away. He kept the game very competitive.”
While the Crimson Bears continue to solidify, the Falcons also continue to improve.
“It was a tough game,” TMHS coach Sam Greely said. “It was tough because we are getting better, but it is tough seeing the result. We know we need to get better and we are getting better. I feel like we see it everyday, but everyone is getting better around the league. “
The Falcons got shots on goal from freshman middle Zack Dindinger, sophomore forward Brandon Monges in the first half and numerous chances in the second.
“We had numerous corner kicks in the second half,” played well,” Greely said. “We played well, and Jasper played exceptionally well.”
The Falcons travel north to face Fairbanks schools West Valley (Wednesday), Lathrop (Thursday) and North Pole (Friday) and Anchorage’s Grace Christian (Saturday).
Lehnhart also stated his team played well and hope to continue that play on the road.
“They are excited about going north and are trying to do the right things,” Lehnhart said. “We have played consistently since coming back from Spokane. It is tough to play hard and consistent every game. I am pleased with their efforts and it will be interesting to see what happens this next week.”
The Crimson Bears boys (and girls) travel north to face Dimond on Wednesday, Colony on Thursday, Chugiak on Friday and Bartlett on Saturday.
“We will face the number one team in Anchorage and the number one team in region three,” Lehnhart said. “It will be interesting to see where we get seeded for the state tournament.”
The Crimson Bears win on Saturday over the Falcons clinched a state qualifying playoff berth.