Crimson Bears seniors soccer it to Sitka

Seniors celebrated as historic class of talented players

Johnny Joyce celebrated his final weekend on the home pitch with a Friday night score fest, notching two goals unassisted and putting three perfect passes on teammates scores as the Crimson Bears dominated Sitka 9-1.


From the first minute of play the Juneau-Douglas boy’s soccer team kept control of the game’s pace as sophomore Nick Stewart scored on junior Tommy Thompson’s pass before the echo of the beginning whistle had died out.

Senior midfielder Adam Soto received the first of Joyce’s three assists at the 12-minute mark and Joyce scored in the 20th minute all alone on a breakaway.

In the 22nd minute junior midfielder Stuart Thurston received a touch pass from senior forward Darien Stanger for a goal and then Joyce knocked in his second unassisted score just before the half, giving JDHS a 4-0 lead.

In the second half Joyce laid out a through kick assist to Stanger for a score in the 41st-minute.

Senior defender Colin Zheng put a nice penalty kick through in the 45th-minute and junior forward Jackson Lehnhart found the goal in the 49th-minute on Joyce’s last assist of the night. Sitka scored in the 68th minute.

Senior midfielder Hunter Kirkpatrick got a nice varsity goal on sophomore midfielder Ethan Seid’s assist for the final point of the Crimson Bears scoring festival.

Perhaps the hardest thing about being a senior on a program that has had unparalleled success is being compared to classes before them. This Crimson Bears’ pitch class can hold heads high and straight.

On Saturday night the Crimson Bears bid a fond adieu to an historic class of seniors. The 2012 upper classmen were the largest group of seniors representing the colors of JDHS on the pitch, and they are the one team in the state that can knock off this season’s highly regarded (just one-loss) Dimond Lynx.

The senior’s bios were read by their underclassmen teammates. Following are some of those remarks.

Senior Max Lyons, keeper, wears number one. Lyons is the smartest student on the team, very mature and reliable. Lyons is the best keeper in the state and the Crimson Bears are looking forward to voting for him for President in the future, and for those who are Republicans they can look forward to not voting for him.

Senior midfielder Heston Allred (numbers 5 and 38) is a friend to everyone. Allred’s blazing red hair is often seen running through, over and around opposing players. Allred is in the JDHS Hall of Fame for fixing the Lunch Box (award lunch pail team distributes to players after each game).

Senior midfielder Hunter Kirkpatrick (3, 36) is one of the hardest workers, so much so that he looks like he has run a marathon after every game. Players said Kirkpatrick and Heston always tend to miss practice together and the teams suspects the duo has some kind of detective agency called Tin Tin & Tin Tin.

Midfielder Adam Soto (9, 8) is considered the most fearless and tenacious player on the pitch as soon as the whistle blows. Off the field, however, the Crimson Bears say Soto is a bucket of fun, dolling out smiles and LOL’s (laugh out louds).

Midfielder Johnny Joyce (10, 19) is noted for the number of times he would say “But Gary...(coach Gary Lehnhart). However, there are no buts on the field as Joyce is considered one of the best soccer players in the state of Alaska, and also one of the most intense.

Defenseman Jacob Sanders (11) has the ability to go from serious to not serious at the drop of a hat and the JDHS underclassmen stated they are going to miss his play at state, especially in Starcraft games at the hotel. Sanders was injured in a recent series and the Crimson Bears are hoping for his speedy recovery.

Midfielder Jericho Cristobal (12, 20) is considered the nicest and most polite guy 99-percent of the time, but then he surprises the team with that one-percent of a joke or something. The Crimson Bears also stated the Cristobal seems to have a lady friend in every town they travel to.

Midfielder Randon Calderwood (13, 25) is considered the team’s voice of responsibility in a tide of immaturity, but the Crimson Bears also call him a gummy bear. Calderwood is one of the hardest workers on the pitch the past four years.

Defenseman Dolin Zheng (15) is a brilliant mind on and off the pitch. After saying he was the second smartest student on the team, the Crimson Bears said, “just kidding” and stated Zheng was just as smart as Lyons. Zheng is a great player and a master of small touches (but only with his right foot).

Defenseman Edric Carillo (16, 45) is believed to have a large collection of comic books in his room, at least the Crimson Bears think so based on Carillo’s dozens of superhero drawings. Zheng is going to be crucial in maintaining a strong back line up at state.

Defenseman Eric Bookless (17) is the team’s resident Canadian. The Crimson Bears call him “Booky the cyborg” because he is reliable like a robot. Bookless has the task of running the ridiculous distances on the flank and is in the best shape on the team.

Defenseman Peter Bellagh (18, 51) is excellent on the wings and in the corner and has one of the best crossing passes on the team. Along with Soto and Sanders, Bellagh makes the trio slightly more sophisticated than the Three Stooges according to the Crimson Bears.

Forward Thane Maxwell (21, 40) is one of the team’s hardest workers and a nice guy. Maxwell is JDHS’ best fund-raiser and serenades the team with his guitar on ferry trips.

Forward Javier Magallanes (22, 47) is considered the pizza man because he delivers from the right side of the box about 12 yards out.

Forward Darien Stanger (23, 12) is known for never being without his trusty sidekick Poker Kings, which always tends to deal him a four of a kind. Stanger is also the most dangerous player on the pitch up top and is outstanding connecting with the Crimson Bears two wings.

The Crimson Bears finished the evening with another win over Sitka. The Juneau boys now prepare for the state tournament in Anchorage on Thursday. JDHS is the tournament’s number 2 seed and opens against 7-seed Colony at 5 p.m. On the Crimson Bears’ side of the bracket is 3-seed West Valley playing 6-seed West Anchorage. The opposite side of the bracket has 1-seed Dimond playing 8-seed Homer and 4-seed Wasilla against 5-seed South.


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