JDHS boys undefeated in Washington

Posted: Sunday, April 06, 2008

The Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team left Spokane, Wash., without a loss on Saturday after three games.

The Crimson Bears defeated Central Valley 3-2 on Friday to finish the trip with two wins and one tie. Juneau's Saturday game against East Valley was canceled due to snow, according to Bears coach Gary Lehnhart.

On Friday, JDHS spent most of the game with just 10 players compared to a normal 11 after referees issued one of the Crimson Bears a red card. Despite playing at a disadvantage, the Bears scored three times to win the game.

"I wouldn't have to go through it but sometimes you learn more through adversity than success," Lehnhart said. "There are very few times when we've come down on this trip and not lost."

Colin Flynn scored all three goals for JDHS in the win.

The game started inauspiciously for the Bears, however, as the referee issued Tuavao Maake a red card in the game's first 15 minutes. The card meant JDHS would have to participate with just 10 players for the remainder of the game.

"It was kind of a chippy game," Lehnhart said. "I thought our guys kept their composure well. It's always physical with those guys."

Flynn, however, gave his team a lift as he scored off Dominic Smith's pass shortly after foul. Flynn's goal stood until halftime as JDHS led 1-0.

Central valley evened the game in the 44th minute, but Flynn responded once again 15 minutes later after a great play by Nathan Ord.

"(Ord) ran down a ball I thought he had no chance to get in the corner and made a huge cross to Flynn who headed it in," Lehnhart said.

In the 63rd minute, Central Valley netted a second equalizer via a penalty kick.

Juneau-Douglas, however, dug deep to win the game as Flynn scored his third goal in the 71st minute.

Flynn once again used his head to net the goal, depositing a rebound into the net after Kevin Gullufsen's shot ricocheted off the crossbar.

"I think it was one of those games, of all the ones we had this weekend, it'll be the one we look back on the most," Lehnhart said.

JDHS will travel to Ketchikan for games on April 11-12.

• Contact sports editor Tim Nichols at 523-2228 or sports@juneauempire.com.

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