The shots came fast and furious on Wednesday night at Adair Kennedy Field as the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears took another cleated step towards an undefeated boys Southeast Conference soccer record with an 8-0 win over Thunder Mountain.
JDHS had two shots on goal in the first 10 minutes of play, a penalty kick at the 28-minute mark, a shot at 27 and another at 26-minute marks, two more corner kicks and another at point blank range.
While the Falcons’ defense had a hand in making all these shots miss the Crimson Bears played a bit complacent according to head coach Gary Lehnhart.
“Right now we are 12-0 in Alaska and not getting pushed much,” Lehnhart said.
“And Thunder Mountain, Ketchikan and Sitka are making us work. We are playing well. We have to prepare for a tournament at state in which teams might put us on our heels. It is going to be tough for us to be ready for the normal ebb and flow of games.”
The Crimson Bears have not been behind in a game for two months.
JDHS tallied their first goal at the 18:21 mark as senior Jackson Lehnhart blasted a shot to the net on an assist by Antonio Hafferty.
Stuart Thurston tallied from 15 yards out at the 16:44 mark for a 2-0 advantage (assist Hafferty) and again at the 14:32 mark with an assist by Lehnhart.
Lehnhart set the JDHS career assist mark of 37 in the match, breaking Max Smith’s old mark of 35.
Lehnhart, with 23 goals and 15 assists for the season, is now three goals away from setting the JDHS goal record. Dylan Ashe holds that record with 53 career goals.
At the five-minute mark Barclay Weyhrauch floated a crossing pass that went over the goalies head for a 4-0 lead. Weyhrauch took a pass from Lehnhart 45 seconds later and blasted a shot for a 5-0 first half lead.
JDHS hit a goal to open the second half of play as Oswaldo Magallanes found the net at the 37:20 mark, with a pass from Lehnhart. Lehnhart added a header (assist Thurston) to make it 7-0 with 27:50 remaining. Manase Maake made it 8-0 for the final on an assist by Magallanes.
“Often you put one goal in and the floodgates open and good things happen,” JDHS coach Gary Lehnhart said. “Stuart’s effort was really appreciated tonight. Our younger players are getting to see something pretty special.”