Justin Dorn is already halfway to the Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team's scoring record, and the season is only two games old.
Dorn, a center midfielder, recorded a hat trick Thursday as the Crimson Bears claimed a 3-2 victory over Mount Spokane during the team's four-game road trip to Spokane, Wash. Dorn now has five goals and one assists this season.
``Justin's going to shatter the team record,'' Juneau coach Gary Lehnhart said by phone from Spokane. ``He's gotten off to a good start.''
Former Juneau player Michael Janes holds the team's scoring record with 10 goals in a season. Janes, who will be a fifth-year senior for the Gonzaga University soccer team this fall, plans to attend Juneau's game this afternoon against Gonzaga Prep, Lehnhart said.
Juneau's road trip opened with a 3-3 tie against Mead High School on Wednesday and concludes with perennial Washington power Ferris on Saturday. Ferris won the Washington state title two years ago.
``We've surprised both these teams (Mead and Mount Spokane), and ourselves,'' Lehnhart said. ``I didn't expect us to be this good offensively this early in the season. The way our schedule is set up, these next two games will really tell us where we are.''
In Thursday's game, Mount Spokane took a 1-0 lead in the game's eighth minute when Bobby LaBelle scored on a through ball, knocking the ball up in the wind where it eluded Juneau keeper Zuriel Ebron. But Dorn scored on an assist from Luke Knowles in the game's 34th minute to tie the score, then one minute later gave Juneau a 2-1 lead on an assist from Robert Lossett.
``That shot was pretty spectacular,'' Lehnhart said. ``He hit the ball with the outside of his right foot as he was going away from the play, and he chipped it over their goalkeeper. That goal really changed the complexion of the game.''
Keith Smart tied the game in the 12th minute of the second half. Dorn scored the winning goal with 10 minutes left in the game, knocking in a rebound after two shots by Matt Watzstein.
Even though Dorn has carried the bulk of Juneau's early season scoring load, Lehnhart said he sees several players doing well on offense. Watzstein has the only other Juneau goal of the season, and Lehnhart said he could have scored the game-winner on Thursday. Lossett is getting quality scoring chances, Lehnhart said, and Knowles has done a good job distributing the ball with two assists this season.
``The team has begun to develop a style of attack that's all its own, and sometimes that doesn't happen for a team,'' Lehnhart said. ``They're finding a style that's working. Robert (Lossett) is getting quality chances and can be equally dangerous, and Matt's shown he can score.''
Juneau Empire ©2015. All Rights Reserved.