The season of firsts for the third-year Thunder Mountain girl’s soccer team continued on Saturday as the Falcons notched their first ever win with a 4-0 defeat of Sitka at TMHS.
Although not an official conference game the result was one obtained through athleticism and sportsmanship
“It was a great way to end the season,” coach Kris Coffee said. “I felt from our Ketchikan game to our JDHS game, these last three games we have really been playing better.”
Sitka just brought 12 girls and is in the same situation Thunder Mountain was in three years ago. The Wolves are seeking to be sanctioned as an official high school team and currently the girls play on the boy’s varsity and junior varsity sides.
Sophomore Rhys Coffee and freshman Siosi Tupou both scored two goals for the Falcons in the win.
“It will be great if they become a member of our conference,” Coffee said. “It will be great to get four teams in the southeast conference, like the boys do, and Sitka shows a lot of class and sportsmanship on the pitch.”
The game was about honoring the Falcons seniors and Hannah Everett (number 8) and Melissa Guillen (5) both started and played the most minutes they have all season.
Guillen played in the Falcons first season and this third season of the program and
Everett is a first-year player. Anna Moreno-Rodriguez (28) is another first year player and was not present at the recognition.
“Hannah and Melissa showed a lot of dedication and commitment to the team,” Coffee said. “They worked hard and they improved immensely over the season.”
Coffee stated that when she saw Everett on the pitch she said, “Where have you been the past few years?”
Coffee stated she has not had a more positive person on the pitch than Everett.
Coffee said the Guillen is also one of the team’s most dedicated and most improved players.
Guillen and Rodriguez will be attending the University of Alaska Southeast and Everett is attending Florida State University in Tallahassee.
Cathy Mattson (4) has been unable to play due to ongoing injury suffered during last year’s sports season.
“Unfortunately Cathy couldn’t play this season,” Coffee said. “But she was the most dedicated. She came to all our games and cheered us on and even traveled with us. We missed her on the field tremendously this year and wish her luck.”
Mattson is one of the team’s, let alone the schools, best running athletes and will be attending the University of Western Washington (Bellingham), coach Coffee’s alma mater, and studying marine biology.
“I feel like we came a long way this season,” Coffee said. “And Cathy was responsible for that, as all our seniors will. We will miss them and we are excited for what they do next year, as well as what our team will do next year.”