Rain and whipping winds couldn't stop the Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team from staying undefeated Saturday in Ketchikan.
The Crimson Bears defeated the Kings 4-0 Saturday. Friday's game was canceled due to high winds in the area.
"It was really tough conditions," JDHS coach Gary Lehnhart said. "Sometimes we had trouble just stopping the ball for a free kick. It was cold, wet and tough conditions."
Colin Flynn recorded his second hat trick in as many games Saturday. The senior, who will play for Gonzaga University next year, scored all three goals after halftime to seal the win. Dominic Smith and Aaron Badilla assisted on two of Flynn's goals.
Flynn has scored nine of Juneau's 12 goals this year.
"He's benefiting from good passes from his teammates and he's a finisher," Lehnhart said of Flynn's success. "When he gets the ball in the area, he produces. That's what makes him unique and special and why he'll be playing in the next level. The other guys trust him and find him."
Juneau-Douglas took a 1-0 lead in the first half as Kevin Gullufsen scored off Zach Farrington's cross.
"He doesn't have as much experience as the other guys, but he comes in there and gets things done," Lehnhart said. "He got a nice cross, the ball bounced around and he knocked it in."
Saturday's high winds forced Juneau to change its tactics a bit.
Lehnhart said his team had to play passes on the ground rather than in the air. He said the team experienced trouble when it neared the Kings' goal, though.
"The conditions were such where you couldn't control it in the air," he said. "We did a good job of that, but in (Ketchikan's) attacking third we had trouble. You're asking a lot to keep stringing passes together."
Lehnhart also credited Ketchikan's goalkeeper, Hans Hubbard, with a solid game.
"Their keeper is a strong player," Lehnhart said. "The score didn't reflect his effort."
Juneau-Douglas (3-0-1) recorded its second shutout of the year with the win.
Lehnhart lauded his three fullbacks - Farrington, Joe Slagle and Nathan Ord - for their effort.
Goalkeeper Sam Post recorded his second clean sheet of the year. He's allowed four goals in four games this season.
"Even though Post didn't play a lot of shots, he has to make a lot of decisions with the wind," Lehnhart said. "I think he did a great job with his decision making and eliminating things before they turned into scoring opportunities."
JDHS faces a tough test at home next weekend as it hosts Mead from Spokane, Wash. The Bears will take on the Panthers (8-1) on April 19-20 at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Field.
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