The Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team ended its annual trip to Spokane, Wash., with a thrilling win Saturday, as junior Dylan Ashe scored in the closing moments for a 3-2 victory over Mead.
Ashe scored from 18 yards out on a cross from freshman Colin Flynn in injury time. Juneau coach Gary Lehnhart said some of his players heard the referees' watches beep to signal time expired right after Ashe launched his shot.
Eric Gullufsen scored off a penalty kick about 20 minutes into the second half, and Ashe took advantage of a bad pass by Mead defenders to score about eight minutes later. Juneau and Mead see-sawed through the second half, with all five goals scored after halftime.
Mead tied the game in the 80th minute, setting up Ashe's game-winner.
"We were pretty tired at that point, but we kept pressing and creating opportunities," Lehnhart said.
In addition to his goals on Saturday, Ashe provided a spark all weekend long. Lehnhart called the junior the Crimson Bears' "motor."
"He runs from the first whistle, and doesn't stop until the end," Lehnhart said. "And then he comes back the next day and does it again."
Gullufsen, Levi Wanstall, Rob Sylvester and Matt Walton provided valuable minutes of play as Lehnhart did more subbing in Saturday's game, which was Juneau's fourth in four days.
On Friday, Juneau lost a 1-0 decision to Mount Spokane, one of the top teams in the region.
"We more than held our own," Lehnhart said. "We had numerous opportunities, but just couldn't get it in."
The Crimson Bears (4-2-1 overall) had one goal disallowed on an offsides call, and another shot by Ashe hit both posts but didn't go in.
Juneau's next games are at region rival Ketchikan on Friday and Saturday.