Eventually the “firsts” will end for the athletic teams at Thunder Mountain High School, and the Falcons girl’s soccer team is doing their best to be the reason.
TMHS junior Rhys Coffee scored two goals to lead the Falcons to a 4-0 win over Juneau-Douglas High School at Adair Kennedy Field, the first time a TMHS varsity team has won on the Crimson Bears’ home pitch.
“It is pretty great,” Coffee said. “We are feeling pretty good. We definitely can come together and play well. The first half was a little shaky but in the second half we connected on our passes.”
Coffee scored seven minutes into the first half on a penalty kick that she put just over the reach of the JDHS keeper. Teammate Amber White was fouled in the box to earn Coffee the PK attempt.
JDHS’ Rylee Landen countered with a shot that went just wide right on one of the few runs at the Falcons’ goal.
“When we play Juneau we have certain players we have to mark,” Coffee said. “We keep someone tight on them the whole time.”
TMHS would get on the board again in the first half as the Crimson Bears scored an own goal trying to defend a shot by the Falcons’ White.
Coffee added a second goal at the 15-minute mark of the second half that put the game out of reach as the Falcons were not allowing the Crimson Bears to get a touch past midfield for most of the night.
Coffee’s goal came on a corner kick that was defended in the goal. Siosi Tupou got the assist by putting the ball out to Coffee who shot from about 25 yards into the left side of the net.
TMHS’ Michaela Demmert iced the game with a corner kick that the JDHS keeper caught but fell back into the net.
JDHS had some through passes for runs on the Falcons’ net but could not get a ball to stay down in the goal. The Crimson Bears had even ball possession with the Falcons in the second half.
With the win the Falcons (3-1) have strengthened their lead atop the Southeast Conference. The Falcons next play in Anchorage against Colony and Wasilla on May 1-2.
The Crimson Bears (0-2, 0-4) play at Ketchikan on Friday and Saturday and then travel to Anchorage May 1-4 for games against East, Eagle River, Palmer and Service.