The Thunder Mountain High School girls soccer team took control of the Juneau-Douglas pitch Tuesday night, earning a 2-0 win and making a strong statement for a repeat trip to state.
“It is a nice place to be,” Thunder Mountain coach Kris Coffee said. “We can’t get complacent though. We have to play every game like it is the first.”
Falcons sophomore Amber White scored two goals on the night, hitting the first at the 31-minute mark of the first half from 35 yards out on a free kick off a JDHS hand ball. The drifting shot went over the JDHS keeper’s head.
“She has put a lot of hard work into her shot during the off season,” Coffee said. “She has worked on those a lot outside of the high school season, and it is paying off.”
The Falcons’ junior keeper stopped a point-blank shot by JDHS senior forward Kymber Kelly two minutes later to save momentum.
JDHS dominated the possessions in the first half and earned eight shots to the TMHS side’s five.
The Crimson Bears Kelly accounted for four shots, senior Sarah Landen had two and sophomores Rylee Landen and Kallen Hoover had one apiece.
“They were winning the air balls,” Coffee said. “They definitely came out strong tonight. I feel like it was a much stronger team that we played this week than last week. At halftime we talked about going to the ball more and controlling it, getting back to how we like to play. I have to give JD credit, they were playing hard and going for it.”
White added a second goal on a penalty kick 24 minutes into the second half for a 2-0 lead. TMHS’ Elena Bryson was brought down near the JDHS goal, and White was given the ball against the Crimson Bears keeper, putting the shot to the far right netting.
TMHS outshot JDHS 6-5 in the second half. The Falcons’ Calley Odum and Iris Light defended the midfield, and forward Rhys Coffee demanded attention from the Crimson Bears defense in the midfield.
The Falcons improved to 4-0-0 on the season and have swept their matches with JDHS (0-2-2) and Ketchikan (2-2-0).
The Falcons junior varsity hosts Sitka on Friday (4:30 p.m.) and Saturday (2:45 p.m.) at TMHS Field while JDHS hosts Ketchikan on Thursday (varsity 7 p.m., junior varsity 5:15 p.m.) and Friday (varsity 7 p.m., junior varsity 5:15 p.m.) at Adair Kennedy Field.