The Juneau-Douglas High School girl’s soccer team closed out their northern road trip with a 1-1 draw against the Cook Inlet Conference’s Chugiak Mustangs on Friday and a 9-1 defeat of the Bartlett Golden Bears on Saturday.
The Crimson Bears had lost to Dimond 4-0 on Wednesday and stopped Colony 2-1 Thursday.
Against Chugiak the Crimson Bears were up 1-0 at the break and let a goal slip past at about the 20-minute mark of the second half for the tie.
“This was game three,” JDHS coach Matt Dussenberry said. “On all these trips game three tends to be the most difficult no matter who the opponent is. It’s because kids have played, in some cases, more than three games because of our numbers. Some have to play minutes in the junior varsity games as well. I think they showed some grit.”
Chugiak has some talented attacking players but the Crimson Bears held the threats off and nearly took the win.
Senior Solana Ashe scored on a cross from senior Sid Browning for the lone Crimson Bears score. JDHS had a couple opportunities to score late but players were taken down from behind with no call in a hard fought contest.
Sophomore keeper Cheyenne Siverly was given the team’s Hard Hat award. Siverly did not play her freshman year and is starting to be comfortable coming off the line to make plays on attackers.
JDHS had little time to rest as they took to the pitch against Bartlett at South High School at 8 a.m. Dussenberry stated that Bartlett remained positive throughout the match and never gave up.
Senior Kiera Clark scored the first Crimson Bears’ goal on a Browning assist; Ashe scored on an assist from sophomore Katie McKeown; Browning scored on an assist from Ashe; Sophomore Eliza Walker scored on an assist from Browning; McKeown scored unassisted; Senior Cassidy Davenport scored on an assist from Clark; Browning scored on a Clark assist, all in the first half; and Seniors Rebekah Badilla and Chrish Newell scored unassisted in the second half.
The team’s Hard Hat went to Kiera Clark for her combative play on the front wing.
The Crimson Bears play Wednesday in a Cancer Awareness game against Thunder Mountain at Adair Kennedy Field. Teams plans to work with Cancer Connection and the local chapter of the American Cancer Society to paint the town purple and decorating the fields this week and next week for home games. Donations will be accepted at the gate for a new fund for the school district that will assist youth in the district that have been diagnosed with cancer. More details will be in Tuesday’s paper with more details about the games.
The Crimson Bears plan to wear purple cancer awareness jersey’s and if purple cancer awareness socks arrive in time they will be worn by the Thunder Mountain Falcons.