Annika Ord beat the keeper late in the match and Juneau-Douglas beat West Valley 2-1 in the Crimson Bears' season-opening girls' soccer victory over the Wolfpack on Friday at Adair-Kennedy Field.
Ord, a senior, said the 2009 4A state runner-up Bears still have some kinks to work out offensively.
"We definitely weren't at our best today, and they played really well. It was their first time out on the field, actually, since they live in Fairbanks and there's a lot of snow," she said. "We're still trying to figure everything out so it's hard to know where your teammates are going to be or where you need to turn.
"It was a good effort and people tried hard. We just need to keep working."
Junior Daffodil Alinson scored the first goal of the season in the 10th minute, sending in a shot from the right corner of the box off an assist from classmate Sarah Tarver for a 1-0 JDHS lead.
West Valley knotted the match 1-1 in the 50th minute on a goal from the left side by Zoe Kurth, and the Wolfpack dominated possession of the ball for a large chunk of the second half, limiting the Bears to few chances for a go-ahead score.
But with just less than 10 minutes to go, Tarver took possession and dropped the ball off for Ord, who outraced a defender toward the keeper where she had her shot 1-on-1, sending the ball low into the middle of the net as the two collided and went to the ground.
"(Sarah) played a straight ball, and I came with a diagonal run around one of their defenders," Ord said of her game-winner, assisted by Tarver, who had two assists on the day. "I just took a touch (pass) and went for the near post."
Ord's game-winner came in the 71st minute, and the Bears held off the Wolfpack down the stretch, which wasn't easy. JDHS keeper Kristen Dierick came up with a big save on a West Valley shot right in front of the goal in the final minute to preserve the win.
The Bears outshot theWolfpack 10-7 on the day, and Dierick had five saves in goal for JDHS.
After a 2-1 season-opening victory Friday, Juneau-Douglas struggled offensively in a 2-1 loss to the Wolfpack Saturday.
The Bears were unable to consistently move the ball downfield for most of the match, and coach Matt Dusenberry said this was not the way this squad usually performs.
"That's not typically the way we play, and we certainly haven't been playing like that at practice," he said. "We've been linking the ball and moving the ball, so that was uncharacteristic of us."
Down 1-0 at the half, senior midfielder Annika Ord sent a left-footed shot sailing by the goalie to tie the score in the opening three minutes of the second half. But at the 60-minute mark, West Valley was able to capitalize on a cross from the right side as the Wolfpack got a header in the box for the eventual winning goal.
Junior forward Sarah Tarver, who has transitioned from basketball to soccer in the past couple of weeks, said she's still trying to get her futbol legs under her. She also said, despite the loss, she is confident in this team.
"It was our first weekend at games so we're still working out the kinks," she said. "We shouldn't expect this through the season. I think we'll really pick it up. Offensively, we just weren't connecting, and we need to talk a little more. West Valley brought it and they're a good team, but we'll be fine."
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