The Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team used a first-half goal by Dylan Ashe and some tough defense to post a 1-1 tie against Central Valley on Wednesday to open their annual trip to Spokane, Wash.
"It's a good result for us (against) the best team we've played so far," Juneau coach Gary Lehnhart said.
Juneau (3-0-1 overall) scored first, in the 35th minute, when Ashe stole an errant pass from a Central Valley defender back to the goalkeeper. Ashe beat the keeper in a one-on-one situation.
Central Valley, one of the top Spokane-area teams this season, got on the board just 30 seconds into the second half when Jay Vela stole a pass at midfield. Juneau goalie Eli Wray came out and forced Vela to run wide, but Vela just managed to launch a shot for the score.
The Crimson Bears got back on their heels for a time following that goal, but regrouped to force the tie. Lehnhart said defenders Danny Hernandez and Cheyenne Sanchez helped keep Juneau in the game, while goalkeepers Wray and Matt Walton and midfielder Matt Kern also had strong games.
Juneau left for Spokane early Wednesday morning already short a few players, and injuries during Wednesday's game gave extra playing time to the Crimson Bear reserves. Lehnhart said Kevin Heffern and Rob Sylvester contributed valuable minutes off the bench.
Juneau continues its four-game trip with a match at Ferris High School today. The Crimson Bears will face Mount Spokane on Friday and Mead on Saturday.