It may not have been perfect, but the Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer team exhibited plenty of its talent and skill in two home wins over Colony on Friday and Saturday.
The Crimson Bears (3-2) beat the Knights 7-0 on Friday and 5-1 on Saturday.
On Saturday, JDHS overcame a sluggish start to topple Colony (0-2).
"When we scored our first couple of goals, we got into the groove of passing more and connecting with each other," Juneau-Douglas' Clarissa Suson said.
Suson, the Crimson Bears' smallest player, played an instrumental role on Juneau's Saturday success.
The diminutive midfielder ignited a number of offensive rushes with quick decisions and smart passes. While she didn't record any goals or assists, her play did not go unrecognized.
JDHS co-coach Colin Barton awarded her a sombrero, given to the player who showed the most flash and creativity on the field.
"Her passes are immaculate," Barton said. "She plays them very quickly and, also, the pace on the ball is always correct. The lass never gets flustered either. Sometimes that type of thing goes unnoticed, but it never goes unnoticed by me. It's beautiful."
After missing numerous chances in the first 20 minutes, JDHS scored twice to go up 2-0 at the half.
Annika Ord scored in the 33rd minute off Margaret Sekona's assist to break the scoreless deadlock. Sekona then put her side up 2-0 seconds before halftime when she scored from a sharp angle.
Juneau-Douglas controlled play throughout the second half as Sekona wowed the crowed with some individual brilliance.
Sekona scored off Carly Lehnhart's assist five minutes into the half and completed the hat trick in the 65th minute. She scored her third goal by heading in a long, arcing pass from Wendy Calderwood.
"Margaret has great dribbling skills and a drive that makes us excited every time she gets the ball," Suson said. "But she knows when to pass, which is really important. She's not a ball-hog. She's a great teammate."
Rachel Tarver also scored in the second half for JDHS off a huge left-footed blast.
Colony, however, got one back in the second half. Jamie Krediet fired a looping shot from about 30 yards away. The ball slipped right in the 12-inch window above goaltender Kristen Dierick's outstretched fingertips and the crossbar.
Scoring against JDHS is historically a tough thing to do. Last year, the Bears allowed just three regular-season goals against Alaska opponents.
"It was a very beneficial weekend for us," Colony coach Lorie Miner said. "Our improvement (on Saturday) was better than (Friday). We did expect more than what we got, though."
On Friday, JDHS controlled play from start to finish.
Tarver recorded a hat trick and had an assist while Lehnhart, Sekona, Ord and freshman Sarah Tarver also added goals. Sekona contributed two assists in the win as JDHS outshot Colony 22-2 on Friday.
JDHS hosts Ketchikan for a pair of games on April 11-12.
JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 5, COLONY 1
JDHS 2 3 - 5
Colony 0 1 - 1
First half-1, JDHS, Ord (Sekona), 33:00. 2, JDHS, Sekona (unassisted), 40:00.
Second half-3, JDHS, Sekona (Lehnhart), 45:00. 4, JDHS, R. Tarver (unassisted), 59:00. 5, JDHS, Sekona (Calderwood), 65:00. 1, Colony, Krediet (unassisted), 70:00.
Shots on goal-JDHS 24, Colony 3.
JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 7, COLONY 0
JDHS 4 3 - 7
Colony 0 0 - 0
First half-1, JDHS, S. Tarver (R. Tarver), 21:00. 2, JDHS, Sekona (unassisted), 29:00. 3, JDHS, Lehnhart (unassisted), 33:00. 4, JDHS, R. Tarver (Sekona), 35:00.
Second half-5, JDHS, R. Tarver (Sekona), 49:00. 6, JDHS, Ord (unassisted), 63:00. 7, JDHS, R. Tarver (unassisted), 71:00.
Shots on goal-JDHS 22, Colony 2.
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