A pair of sophomores led the Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team as the Crimson Bears claimed a 7-2 victory over an alumni-adult team Saturday afternoon in an exhibition game at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.
Evan Brinkman scored three goals and Lee Sullivan added two goals and an assist to lead the Crimson Bears, who were playing with their full roster for the first time all season. Last weekend, Juneau split its roster with the varsity going to Spokane for four games and the JV heading to Ketchikan for two.
"This will be good preparation for state," Sullivan said. "Some of our guys haven't gotten to play much."
"We haven't been able to play much as a team," Brinkman said.
While the alumni-adult team did a good job of marking Juneau's main three players -- seniors Justin Dorn and Luke Knowles and junior Robert Lossett -- Brinkman and Sullivan showed there are some other guys who can put the ball in the net for the Crimson Bears.
The alumni-adult team took a 1-0 lead in the game's fifth minute when Kenny Frick scored an unassisted goal, but Juneau countered six minutes later when junior Jonathan Rue scored on an assist from Travis Croteau.
Brinkman gave Juneau the lead for good in the 23rd minute when he scored on an assist from Lossett, then Lossett added an unassisted goal to make it 3-1 in the 30th minute. Brinkman scored twice in the last four minutes of the half to make it 5-1 at the break, the first goal on an assist from Sullivan and the second on an assist by Zach Essary.
Frick scored his second goal of the game in the sixth minute of the second half on an assist from John Bressette on a corner kick. Sullivan scored twice midway through the second half, the first time on an assist from Cal Craig and the second on a deflection.
The exhibition game had two scary moments in the second half when players collided and left the field with knee injuries. Early in the second half Lossett and alumni-adult team goalkeeper Keene Nuttal collided going for a loose ball and both left the game with twisted knees. Then in the game's final seconds, Essary went down with a similar knee injury and had to be carried off the field.
Both Lossett and Essary are hoping to be healthy enough to play this weekend when Juneau hosts Ketchikan for two games on Friday and Saturday and Chugiak on Saturday.
Charles Bingham can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.