The Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer team stormed out of the gates, opening the season with two dominating wins Thursday.
The Crimson Bears (2-0) started with a 8-0 rout of West Valley at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park. They then blanked Southeast Conference rival Ketchikan 9-0 later Thursday evening.
In addition to scoring 17 goals in 160 minutes of play, Juneau-Douglas outshot its opponents by a combined total of 32-0.
"Defensively I thought we played exceptionally well in both games," JDHS co-coach Colin Barton said. "We played with a lot of confidence and moved the ball up the field from the back line. We used our two outside backs as wing backs with the midfields creating channels from along the sides. They did a lot of very good running."
Central defenders Lindsey Kato and Jordan Cottingham thoroughly controlled the defensive end of the field, while wing defenders Rachel Tarver and Kirstin Jorgensen balanced the attack with runs up the sidelines.
Offensively, striker Margaret Sekona displayed excellent instincts and an accurate shot by scoring nine goals in the two games.
Sekona scored six goals against Ketchikan, as she made daring runs through the center of the field.
Sarah Christianson added two goals and two assists versus Kayhi; Gretchen Dierking contributed a goal and an assist and Janelle Smith and Marita Rodriguez added assists in the win.
Against the Kings, JDHS struggled a bit in the first half. The Crimson Bears scored twice but sprayed numerous long-range shots off target.
The team settled down after halftime and attacked the Kings with deft passing in the midfield and an attacking mindset.
"We're talking more," Sekona said. "When our communication is up and we're making our runs that's when we get our goals."
Against the Wolfpack, Sekona netted three goals and an assist and Christianson contributed three goals and two assists in the win. Tarver added a goal, Dierking posted a goal and two assists and Rochele Rodman and Clarissa Suson posted assists in the win.
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In the junior varsity game, Lindsey Collins posted a hat trick to lead Juneau-Douglas to a 3-0 victory over Ketchikan. Amanda Soto assisted on two of Collins' goals while Nellie Metcalfe recorded the third assist.
The JDHS girls takes on West Valley at 11 a.m. and Dimond at 8 p.m. tonight. On Saturday, the Crimson Bears face the Wolfpack at 1:45 p.m., followed by a 7 p.m. game against Ketchikan.
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