The Thunder Mountain High School girl’s soccer team has just about clinched the Southeast title and another first by stopping Juneau-Douglas 3-0 on Tuesday night on the Adair Kennedy pitch.
The Falcons and Crimson Bears played to a 0-0 first half draw before TMHS caught fire in the opening minutes of the second 40-minutes.
“I think the key was getting a quick goal in the second half,” TMHS coach Kris Coffee said. “That got us going.”
Michaela Demmert put a side shot over the JDHS keeper on the far post from an angle that looked impossible. Rhys Coffee played the pass on the wing for the assist.
Five minutes later Calley Odum chipped a shot over the keeper from 25 yards.
Midway through the second half Demmert was fouled and had a free kick from the left side. Demmert hit a curving shot over the JDHS wall that was headed in by teammate Jacky Jenson for the 3-0 final.
The Falcons did not allow one corner kick in the match. Samantha Haight was credited with one of the best defensive efforts of the season. Haight was helped off the field with six-minutes remaining with an undisclosed injury.
“Sammy was phenomenal tonight,” Coffee said. “The whole team really played excellent defense.”
The Falcons have four wins and one loss in the Southeast Conference and need to win both their games at Ketchikan this weekend to win the Region V title.
Ketchikan is 3-1-1 and JDHS is 0-4-1.
“The region is exciting this year,” Coffee said. “The teams are pretty even and the games have all been competitive.”