The Thunder Mountain High School boy’s soccer team could not rebound from an early first half deficit to the visiting Ketchikan Kings on Wednesday night and fell 3-1 at Falcons Field.
“We came out flat,” TMHS coach Sam Greely said. “We had some illness and colds going around, but we were just flat.”
Ketchikan senior Gabe Creasy scored off a corner kick that was pinballed in front of the Falcons goal 10 minutes into the game that gave the visitors a 1-0 advantage.
The Kings had the majority of ball possession through the first half and Falcons’ goalie Jasper Soriano stopped three shots I the first half.
“Jasper is quite a goalie,” Greely said. “I have never seen someone of his stature be that good of a goalie. It is all about filling it in around him right now.”
Kings junior Connor Pope played a through ball up field and moved it in to score at the 24 minute mark and the goal held into the half to give the Kings the 2-0 advantage.
The Falcons got their momentum swing in the opening minutes of the second half.
After an impassioned speech by coach Greely the TMHS side began aggressive surges with the ball.
TMHS senior Villi Tupou made a long corner throw in to the front of the Kayhi net at the 37:44 mark that the opposing keeper missed and classmate Brandon Monges headed the fat ball in to revitalize the Falcons’ side.
“I thought the guys got an emotional raze from that goal,” Greely said. “You can see what the level of intensity does for our team. If we don’t come out flat we really play well. We don’t hang our heads and we really get after the opposing side.”
Ketchikan kept up a relentless counter attack and senior Jacob Potts scored unassisted at the 27:40 mark, giving the Kings the 3-1 advantage that would hold into the end.
TMHS will not have long to recuperate from the colds that are surging through the team as they host Fairbanks’ Lathrop tonight at 7 p.m.