With the soccer season getting into full swing, the Juneau Soccer Club welcomed the Whitehorse (U-19) prep team to town for a Saturday-evening friendly at Adair-Kennedy Field.
Juneau won 3-0 in what was a defensive battle most of the way. Midway through the second half, Juneau scored three goals in five minutes to put the game out of reach.
Andy Lawson scored after a Jace Mason throw-in and one minute later, Mason sent a cross into the box from the right side, where Victor Wilson jumped for a header to make the score 2-0.
Three minutes later, Lawson sprinted down the middle with the ball and squeezed it past the Whitehorse goalie for another score.
With the score at 3-0, Juneau went on the defensive. Whitehorse was unable to create a serious threat on goal the rest of the way as Juneau was physically tough the rest of the way.
Phillip Murray's presence on the defensive end was noticeable as he used his size to keep attacking forwards out of the box. Whitehorse made several promising runs, yet they rarely resulted in shots on goal.
Whitehorse threatened early in the match with several opportunities in the box. Goalkeeper Taylor Lehnhart made two great saves for Juneau off a Whitehorse header in the 9th minute and a diving save after a corner kick at the 27-minute mark.
The Whitehorse keeper made what was perhaps the save of the day as Wilson sent a through ball to the left side of the box where Max Smith turned and fired a shot. The goalie layed out and deflected the ball to force a Juneau corner kick.
Crimson Bears Soccer
Following a successful road trip to Spokane, Wash., last week, the Juneau-Douglas boys' soccer team is looking to test its mettle against the West Valley Wolfpack later this week.
The Crimson Bears will look to improve upon their 3-0-1 record, which includes a win against Washington state powerhouse Mead High School.