The Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team made a successful home debut with two shutout victories Thursday.
The Crimson Bears (4-1-1) defeated West Valley 3-0 in the first game of the day and decisively beat Ketchikan 5-0 in the nightcap at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.
"We've got to feel really good about not giving up a goal in two games," JDHS coach Gary Lehnhart said. "We had some good performances today."
Against the Kings, the Crimson Bears dominated the game from the start. Kabil Seesan opened the game's scoring one minute in, with a goal off an assist from Jamaal Bailey.
JDHS controlled the ball and the tempo for much of the first half. The Bears flirted with several scoring opportunities due to Bailey's playmaking.
In the game's 34th minute, JDHS padded its lead. Matt Walton floated a perfect pass to Dylan Ashe, who scored to put the Bears ahead 2-0 at halftime.
Ketchikan opened the second half strong, keeping the ball in the Juneau-Douglas end of the field.
JDHS goalkeeper Ely Wray had a superb game, often rushing out of goal to thwart the Kings from developing scoring opportunities. His solid play helped keep Ketchikan scoreless and allowed the Bears to maintain their 2-0 advantage.
The Bears' offensive prowess took over. Bailey broke away down the sideline and launched a perfect pass to Ashe, who beat the keeper for a 3-0 lead.
Less than a minute later, Ashe struck again. This time off a rebound to make it 4-0 with under nine minutes to play.
Juneau's Andrew Flansaas ended the scoring with an unassisted goal to make the final 5-0.
"Its always nice to win 5-0." Lehnhart said.
In the Crimson Bears' first game of the day, they defeated West Valley 3-0.
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Flansaas scored off an assist from Walton to give JDHS a 1-0 lead in the game's 15th minute.
The Bears maintained the advantage until the 45th minute, when Flansaas scored again, this time off an assist from Dominic Smith.
Walton scored a goal of his own in the 61st minute off Eric Gullufsen's assist.
JDHS plays West Valley at 9:15 a.m. and Dimond at 6:15 p.m. On Saturday, the Crimson Bears take on Ketchikan at 8:45 p.m.
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