Across the state, only one team finishes the season with a win, everyone else becomes a statistic along the way.
The Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears lost their second straight game at the state soccer championships in Anchorage on Friday, falling 6-0 to the brackets lower seed.
“Outside of soccer these kids really get along with each other,” JDHS coach Matt Dusenberry said. “So I think now they are just enjoying, for many of them, their last trip together.”
Let it be known that the Service Cougars are not a number eight seed.
Although that was the numeral that situated them in the ASAA state soccer championships, the Cougars came out of a tough Anchorage league with a 3 win 3 loss and 8-tie record. The same Anchorage league that featured the pre-tournament favorite Dimond and South, the team the Crimson Bears lost to in the first round and the same team that just defeated Dimond today in penalty kicks 2-1. The Service Cougars earned ties against these teams during season play.
Unfortunately, all four of these teams fell onto the same side of the bracket.
Dusenberry stated that Service is the strongest team at state.
“No disrespect to South,” Dusenberry said. “But against us Service played the better game. They are really quick with the ball and move it very well.”
The Cougars are a young team and touch-pass the ball very well. Service led 4-0 at the half.
“I don’t think there is anything we could have done differently against them that would have changed the outcome,” Dusenberry said. “They are a good team and it wasn’t our best match. We struggled on connecting our passes and missed a couple defensive assignments. We have certainly played a better match this year.”
The ASAA Player Of The Game for JDHS was Anna Gregovich.
The JDHS girls will continue to support the Crimson Bears’ boy’s run for a title.
“One thing about having so many seniors is it is an opportunity for them to still log a few more memories for each other,” Dusenberry said. “This is really a good group of kids to be around. It is unfortunate we were not able to go through and have another match. Just as a coach I would like to thank the families and players for just having the opportunity to coach them.”