Crimson Bears wrap up California adventure

Juneau-Douglas opens conference schedule next weekend in Ketchikan

Posted: Sunday, April 01, 2007

The Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer team wrapped up its California road trip Friday with a 2-1 loss to Granite Bay High School outside of Sacramento.

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The Crimson Bears finished the season-opening trip 1-2.

"We had moments when we played well and things we haven't done in a game before," JDHS co-coach Sandi Wagner said. "The heat got to the kids. It definitely had an effect on the game."

Margaret Sekona scored the Bears' lone goal off an assist from Clarissa Suson.

After being confined to practicing in a gym for the entire preseason in Juneau, the Crimson Bears' three California games were the first time the team got to play outside since the season started on March 12.

"We had kids coming out with cramps," Wagner said of Friday's game. "Their bodies weren't used to it yet."

Three games into the season, JDHS picked up valuable information on what it needs to improve and what it's been doing well.

The Bears will get a chance to keep improving next weekend as they open Southeast Conference play in Ketchikan.

"We definitely learned how to work a little better as a team," Wagner said. "We're reading long balls and air balls better. We were refining our crosses."

Whether or not Juneau-Douglas gets to practice on its home field will depend on the weather or when the snow and ice is removed from Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

Until then, the Bears will keep refining their skills indoors.

"They liked being on the pitch," Wagner said. "We played on a turf field, a fairly slow grass field and then a faster grass field. We got different conditions to work with. It'll be good to be out consistently, but we'll just keep plugging along."

• Tim NIchols, sports editor, can be reached at sports@juneauempire.com.



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