The scores came fast and easy.
The top-ranked Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer shut out visiting Sitka not once but twice this weekend, winning 12-0 on Friday followed by an 11-0 drubbing Saturday.
Although the Crimson Bears’ high scoring may have been expected, what wasn’t was Sitka coach Eric Van Cise approaching his opponent after the final whistle to express his team’s sentiment of the matches.
“I have done the math and it is 14 times we have had the opportunity to play against you guys,” Van Cise said. “You know what league we play in and you know our other teams. You guys are the best out there because you work at it.
“The other thing that you guys do is that you play the cleanest soccer out there. Our guys are kind of cannon fodder for target practice and you guys can come out and get your shots, but we really like playing you guys because it is good, honest, hard soccer. The leadership you guys show is a life skill. So wherever you guys travel, we are behind you, we are southeast. For you seniors keep that good ethic and that sportsmanship because it really shows. We have had some ugly stuff this year where guys got hurt and it didn’t need to happen, but we came here with 16 guys and I still have 16 guys right now. Thank you guys very much.”
During Friday action, junior Ryan Hoover scored unassisted as play started and six minutes later scored again on an assist from sophomore Oswaldo Magallanes.
Junior Ben Scudder scored at the 21-minute mark on an assist from his brother, sophomore John Scudder. John Scudder scored at the 24-minute mark.
Junior Antonio Hafferty scored unassisted at the 29-minute mark and again at six minutes later on an assist by Ben Scudder.
In the second half, senior Franky Gonzales scored at the 43-minute mark unassisted and a minute later Hoover found the net unassisted.
John Scudder and sophomore JJ Mosher both scored unassisted and senior Elden Punongbayan scored his first career goal at the 69-minute mark. Sophomore Treyson Ramos found the net with 7 minutes remaining in the game for the 12-0 score.
“Some guys play a prominent role and don’t get the chance to play,” Lehnhart said. “They work hard in practice and they are a big part of our team camaraderie. This weekend, everyone was rewarded for their hard work.”
On Saturday, Senior Jake Estenson and junior Sam Bibb scored their first varsity goals of the season. Estenson found the net unassisted with three minutes remaining in the game and Bibb found a diving header just before the game ended.
In between, Mosher scored on a Ramos assist and Gonzales was rewarded with a John Scudder touch.
The first half opened with Magallanes finding the net six minutes into play with an assist from senior Nick Stewart, who returned to action from injury.
Two minutes later Hoover scored on an assist from Magallanes.
Magallanes found two goals in succession near the 17-minute mark with assists by sophomore Isaiah Fernandez and Hoover.
Additional game goals would come from Ben Scudder (Hafferty assist) and two from Hafferty (assists by Gonzales and Mosher).
“What I am most happy about is, while we were clearly the more skillful side, we could have just settled into that and the guys could have tried to push their stats, but they didn’t do that,” coach Lehnhart said. “They played together. In the long run, you are going to be better off down the road. We tried some things. We worked on our offense and tried to play fast and limited touches and tried different combinations. It was fun to see the goals because they were done the right way.”
Juneau-Douglas will next play against Thunder Mountain on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Adair-Kennedy Field (junior varsity will play Wednesday at 7 p.m.).