The Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer squad got outshot and outplayed in Thursday's game against Ferris High School in Spokane, Wash.
But the Crimson Bears outlasted the Saxons on the scoreboard, holding on for a 1-0 victory to start the season with two straight wins.
"They were better than us," Juneau coach Gary Lehnhart said of Ferris, which outshot the Crimson Bears 9-3. "They controlled the game. But as the game went on, they got frustrated with not scoring and it played into our hands."
Juneau sophomore Jamaal Bailey - back in action after suffering a mild concussion in Wednesday's 2-1 victory over University - scored the game's only goal in the 33rd minute off an assist from senior Ephraim Froelich.
"It was a long ball, diagonal, from the right flank that was played to Jamaal up top," Lehnhart said. "He battled with a central defender, came up with the ball, the goalkeeper came off his line and (Bailey) shot the ball to the far post."
Crimson Bear sophomore goalkeeper Matthew Walton was steady in the goal, while Juneau's back line of defenders - juniors Matt Kern, Ian Brinkman and Dan Hernandez - aided Walton in preserving the shutout. Lehnhart said senior midfielders Alex Newton and Kiel Urata helped keep Ferris in check.
"All the kids played hard," Lehnhart said. "We gave a really good, solid effort."
The Crimson Bears (2-0) conclude their season-opening road trip with games at Mount Spokane today and at Mead on Saturday.
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