The Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer team exhibited its speed, skill and finishing prowess in a pair of whitewashings over the weekend.
The Crimson Bears (4-0) stomped Colony on Friday and Saturday with a pair of 10-0 lashings at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.
Center midfielder Jessy Post led the charge with three goals and two assists Saturday. Post did her damage from afar, as her lethal left foot powered past the defense for long-range goals.
Sophomore striker Sarah Christianson's opened the scoring 18 minutes into the first half. Ten minutes later, Post stepped in front of a clearing attempt and one-timed a goal from about 20 yards away. The junior added two more goals in the second half.
Juneau seized a 3-0 halftime lead before exploding for seven goals in the final 40 minutes.
The Bears utilized their speed advantage to run past the Knights' defenders. Post, Gretchen Dierking, Theresa Badilla and Margaret Sekona passed to open space and made long runs off the ball for several scoring opportunities.
Sekona scored four goals for the Bears, while Christianson had two goals and an assist. Juneau freshman Clarissa Suson scored a goal, Jessica Waste and Badilla chipped in with two assists apiece, and Lindsey Kato and Dierking had assists in the win.
Defensively, the Bears' fullbacks snuffed out any counterattack Colony tried to muster. The Juneau defense - Monica Daugherty, Erin Thompson and company - stood its ground and limited Colony to just two shots on goal.
These two teams met under considerably different circumstances last season when Juneau edged Colony, 1-0, in the Class 4A state semifinals.
This weekend, however, Colony came in without even the benefit of an outdoor practice. Snow in the Mat-Su valleys forced the Knights to practice indoors before opening the season against the Bears.
Juneau set the tone for the weekend series with a dominating performance on Friday.
The Bears scored off three of their first four shots, and didn't allow the Knights a single shot on goal.
"We did really well," said Christianson, who scored a hat trick in Friday's win. "Once we got our first goal we just kind of got into a groove and just kept going."
Juneau's multifaceted attack overwhelmed Colony. With patience in the back and quick passes from center midfielders Post and Dierking, the Bears sliced through the Knights' defense with surgical precision.
"The were communicating really well this game," Christianson said of Post and Dierking. "They were looking to switch the fields into the open space, which allows it to be crossed back, which gives the forwards a lot of scoring opportunities."
Post tallied a hat trick, Rochele Rodman added two goals and an assist, Sekona posted a goal and two assists and Badilla scored in the win.
"We have a very technical side," Juneau co-coach Colin Barton said. "This is the most technical side in Alaska."
The only action Bears goalkeepers Ida Gaustad and Kayla Walton saw Friday was handling the occasional pass from their teammates. Juneau's defensive crew of Kirsten Jorgensen, Kato, Lindsey Heumann and Daugherty played exceptionally strong in the back. The foursome kick-started the Bears' offense with patient passing and a stout defensive presence.
"The most pleasing thing for me was that we kept possession," Barton said. "We were passing the ball very well. Of course, if you keep possession and maintain possession, then you can maintain pressure on the opposition and that's what we were able to do."
JUNEAU BOYS JV Juneau 4, Ketchikan 2, Friday Juneau 7, Ketchikan 0, Saturday
Dominic Smith scored a hat trick Saturday as the Juneau-Douglas High School boys junior varsity team swept Ketchikan.
Alex Schirmer added two goals, while Andrew Flansaas and Curtis Perkins each scored for the Crimson Bears on Saturday.
On Friday, Smith found the net twice to lead Juneau. Cary Kelly and Flansaas tallied one goal apiece in the win.
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