The Juneau-Douglas High School boy’s soccer team continues to run through the Southeastern Conference competition as they bested the Ketchikan Kings 5-3 on Friday and 5-0 Saturday on the road.
The Crimson Bears opened a 4-0 halftime lead on Friday as their superior speed dominated the over matched Kings.
Ketchikan discovered that JDHS is more than just returning state selections Jackson Lehnhart and Nick Stewart as Antonio Hafferty, Jonathan Scudder, Ryan Hoover and Oswaldo Magallanes found the net in the first half as the Kings tried to key on defending the afore mentioned duo.
With 15 minutes gone Hafferty scored on a scramble in front of the Kayhi goal with a ball that found his foot and was blasted to the back net.
Seven minutes later Lehnhart passed to John Scudder who nailed a brilliant left-footed bender.
“It was a beautiful shot,” JDHS coach Gary Lehnhart said. “A brilliant strike. Sitting on the bench you could see it appear to be going wide and then it just hooked right into the goal.”
Three minutes later Hoover took a pass from Stuart Thurston and knocked it in.
Thurston than put a nice touch pass to Magallanes at the 36-minute mark for a 4-0 advantage.
Ketchikan found a break just before the half expired as Alex Pihl got a ball that was misplayed by a JDHS defender, hitting the cross bar on a clearing attempt and settling in front of Pihl’s shoe for an easy chip shot to the back of the net.
Just 10 minutes into the second half Lehnhart was hauled down on an attack on the goal and was awarded a penalty kick, which he converted for a 5-1 advantage.
The Kings tallied two goals as JDHS rotated players liberally in the second half.
“My guys that came in really were not ready and that is my fault,” Lehnhart said. “They were cold and wet and had been sitting for 60 minutes. I did not give them the proper time to go get warmed up.”
The Crimson Bears reserves quickly found their rhythm and restored order to hold the win.
Freshman Hunter Pegues got his first taste of real Alaskan goal keeping, with the ball being blown around in the wind and inclement weather.
“For a young kid I thought he did well,” Lehnhart said. “When the game tightened up he kept his head.”
On Saturday the Crimson Bears controlled the game from the opening play.
“We played really good soccer,” Lehnhart said. “And the weather was a lot nicer.
We moved the ball around and kept them pretty much in their end most of match.”
The Crimson Bears scored with eight minutes gone as Hoover ran under a long through ball from Nick Stewart and hit a shot from 18 yards past the keeper.
JDHS continued pressure and put some shots into the goal.
At the 34-minute mark a ball bounced out to Manase Maake followed it in to score for a 2-0 halftime lead.
“Even though we had control of the game I thought we were a little bit casual,” Lehnhart said. “They put a lot of guys in the box and put us on the perimeter. We talked about that at halftime and the guys came out pretty fired up.”
With three minutes gone in the second half Lehnhart played a ball through to Stewart for a score.
Seven minutes later Hafferty hit a ball through to Stewart for another goal and two minutes after that Magallanes played a ball to Thurston who ran onto it and nestled it past the keeper.
“I though our defense really took the game away from them,” Lehnhart said. “Any time the ball was played in mid field Ben Scudder, Ethan Seid or Marc Heifetz cleared it away.”
The Crimson Bears boys and girls are next scheduled to play in Anchorage, however, field conditions north mean games must be scheduled in alternative venues.
The JDHS game times are for outside fields, which are not in condition for play. The dome field is booked after school so game play would have to be in the morning or afternoon.
Last weekend Anchorage School District policy did not allow students out of class early to play visiting Fairbanks’ opponent West Valley, causing the Wolf Pack to not get valuable playing time.
Another possibility involves West Valley busing to Anchorage and playing JDHS in day dome games.