The Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears put up a 4-0 halftime lead over the Thunder Mountain Falcons at Adair Kennedy Field on Wednesday night and were never threatened on the pitch in the second half as they improved their record to 6-2-2 with a 7-0 win. The Falcons fall to 1-5-1.
“It was good to play on our field,” JDHS coach Gary Lehnhart said. “We got in 24 players. Everyone played well.”
According to Lehnhart, Crimson Bears’ sophomore Ben Scudder continues to play solid at center back and senior Marc Heifetz was noted for his defensive work.
Scudder assisted on the first goal of the night with a throw in to senior Jackson Lehnhart who headed the ball to Manase Maake for his first varsity goal and a 1-0 Crimson Bears’ advantage at the 34:10 mark of the first half.
Lehnhart took a pass from Antonio Hafferty and drilled a shot at the 32:20 mark from 20-yards out for a 2-0 lead.
Heifetz broke up a Falcons attack and put a nice through ball to Nick Stewart who chased it down the center of the pitch and chipped a shot over charging Falcons’ keeper Matt Seymour from 25-yards out for a 3-0 advantage at the 29:05 mark.
At 18:20 Stuart Thurston dumped a pass into the goal front for Ryan Hoover who scored on his own rebound shot for the 4-0 halftime margin.
Lehnhart and Oswaldo Magallanes both missed shots on goal just two minutes into the second half. At the 30-minute mark Lehnhart received a Stewart through ball pass and put a right footed shot into the net at the far post for a 5-0 advantage. Two minutes later Magallanes touched a pass to Stewart who scored. Seven minutes later Magallanes deaked two defenders and laid off a pass to Keishan Pillay for a nice touch goal and the final score.
TMHS had two nice chances on goal in the second half but freshman keeper Hunter Pegues came up with two stops. Falcons’ keeper Matt Seymour stopped four shots from close range on the night. TMHS got good marking work from senior Vili Tupou and sophomore Zach Dindinger who had the task of slowing down Lehnhart and Thurston. The Crimson Bears played without Justine Bellagh who is still nursing a sore Achilles.
“He is a big part of our team,” Lehnhart said. “We are giving some other players some minutes which is good but we definitely need Justin back.”
JDHS travels to Ketchikan for games on Friday and Saturday while TMHS hosts Sitka this weekend.