The Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears boy’s soccer team dominated the pitch 8-1 over East Anchorage High School in an indoor match at The Dome, an 113,000 square foot synthetic turf, on Wednesday afternoon in Anchorage.
Games on the Crimson Bears’ road trip were rescheduled for The Dome due to the weather and field conditions at area high schools.
“It was quite warm in there,” JDHS coach Gary Lehnhart said. “So it really played to our strengths. We were able to play quick.”
JDHS is all about speed this year and their first goal came 10 minutes into the match when senior Jackson Lehnhart played a through ball to sophomore Ryan Hoover who netted a 1-0 lead.
Seven minutes later Lehnhart put a crossing pass to Corbin Mitchell who headed it on to Stuart Thurston who put it in for 2-0.
At the 25-minute mark Lehnhart scored his second goal. Junior Ethan Seid controlled the ball to Nick Stewart who played it on to Lehnhart for a touch over the East keeper’s head and a 3-0 lead.
Mitchell scored at the 30-minute mark on a pass from Thurston for 4-0 and at the 35th minute Barclay Weyhrauch passed the ball on to Keishan Pillay who found the net for a 5-0 halftime advantage.
“I subbed everybody in during the first half,” Lehnhart said. “Everybody got some nice minutes and did well.”
The starters opened the second half with Thurston putting a through ball seconds after the first kick to Stewart who gave the Crimson Bears a 6-0 lead.
At the 33-minute mark Stewart passed to Lehnhart at midfield with the East goalie off of his line and Lehnhart hit a 35-yard shot over the keeper’s head for a 7-0 score.
With liberal subbing again the Crimson Bears added another shot at the 25-minute mark on a nice Mitchell pass to Pillay who only had to touch the ball in.
East got their lone goal on a corner kick at the final whistle.
Center back Ben Scudder and forward Oswaldo Magallanes were also credited with improved play.
“Our kids are really starting to fit into the system,” Lehnhart said. “They are getting more and more experience and playing at a high level.”
The Crimson Bears’ boys play Eagle River today in The Dome. The JV boys won 3-0 over East JV.