The Juneau-Douglas boy’s soccer team blanked their opponents on the final two days of a northern soccer swing this weekend, defeating Chugiak 4-0 on Friday and Bartlett 9-0 on Saturday.
Friday’s match was a test of composure as the Crimson Bears had to play without star senior midfielder Johnny Joyce due to a red card in Thursday’s 2-1 win over Colony.
The Crimson Bears moved junior midfielder Tommy Thompson into Joyce’s position on the pitch and put senior defenseman Edric Carillo into the back line.
The Crimson Bears scored all four goals in the first half against Chugiak and two came in the first four minutes of play.
“I think we just relaxed,” JDHS coach Gary Lehnhart said. “The game was in hand and I think the kids just relaxed. We changed guys in and out a lot.”
The JDHS front line scored the games first three goals.
Junior Jackson Lehnhart scored in the game’s second minute on a ball played through by Thompson and then again in the fourth minute on a breakaway off a through ball assist by senior Darien Stanger. Sophomore Nick Stewart hit the third goal in the 12th minute in front of the keeper after taking a couple shots on goal that rebounded back to him. Senior midfielder Heston Allred scored the final goal on a cross from Stanger in the 30th minute.
The Crimson Bears then pounced on the Bartlett Golden Bears 9-0. Joyce, Lehnhart and Stewart tallied two goals apiece; Stanger, Heston and Thompson scored once.
“The highlight for me was probably the play of Peter Bellagh,” Lehnhart said of his senior defenseman. “He had two nice assists. It was good to see that. A nice cross to Joyce and a cross to Thompson.”
Senior Jacob Sanders found time in goal as well as the Crimson Bears played more bodies and took the pressure off the over-matched Golden Bears after taking a 6-0 first half lead.
“We changed the way we were playing,” Lehnhart said. “It was the right thing to do.”
The Crimson Bears went 3-1 on the road trip, opening with a 5-1 loss to Dimond and a 2-1 win over Colony.
“We did what we needed to do,” Lehnhart said. “We got a lesson in what level we needed to play at to defend the state title, and we came out of it largely uninjured. This is a large senior class and it has been difficult to get them all playing time. That was probably the thing I appreciated the most these last two games, I got the chance to really play a lot of people and they all did really well.”
The Crimson Bears play Friday and Saturday at Ketchikan.