The Thunder Mountain High School boys' soccer team put in a solid effort against one of the Matanuska-Susitna Valley’s top teams Thursday in Wasilla.
Playing with a make shift line up due to three starters not traveling, the Falcons overcame that adversity and competed with, according to co-coach Dave Ringle, “An impressive spirit.”
An already weather-influenced season has made for difficult practice sessions across the state and the Falcons found them themselves on a tough pitch against the Warriors.
While Jasper Soriano stopped 15 shots on goal, and received praise after the game from both TMHS and Wasilla coaches, the Falcons found themselves at a 6-0 disadvantage.
“It was just a great game in goal by Jasper,” Ringle said. “We just couldn’t give him enough offensive support.”
Soriano moved to a forward position later in the game as Matt Seymour took over the keep, recording five saves. Soriano had a chance on goal with a header off a corner kick that was saved by the Warriors’ keeper in the second half, one of eight shots on goal by the Falcons.
Falcons’ sophomore Shane Kelly helped control the middle and distribute the ball to the sides and freshman Jonah Fischer defended at a midfield position, both played extended varsity minutes.
“The game was a real learning experience for the players on this trip,” Ringle said. “It picked the team up a bit to know they are working as hard as they can to improve each game.”
The nucleus of the Falcons is still intact and will be challenged today against Colony. The Knights handed Wasilla their lone loss on the season. The East Thunderbirds welcome TMHS early Saturday morning.