Juneau girls soccer remain undefeated

Crimson Bears tote a 4-0-1 record to kick off the girls soccer season

Posted: Sunday, April 16, 2006

The Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer team ended a marathon weekend with two victories and a tie.

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The Crimson Bears (4-0-1) picked up a 1-1 tie with Dimond on Friday and beat West Valley and Ketchikan on Saturday.

Despite playing their third game in two days, the Crimson Bears mustered up the energy to easily defeat the Kings 5-0 on Saturday night.

JDHS co-coach Colin Barton said he was pleased with his team's effort.

"We did a good job under difficult circumstances, because I know how tired we are physically," Barton said. "But these kids are hyped mentally and they executed very well."

After withstanding an early Ketchikan scoring opportunity, Juneau-Douglas took control of the game's tempo and kept the Kings in check and maintained possession.

The Bears got their scoring opportunity in the game's 14th minute. Sarah Christianson split a trio of Ketchikan defenders and then punched a shot past the goalkeeper to put her side ahead 1-0.

Seven minutes later, Margaret Sekona took a long pass and launched a shot over the goalkeeper's outstretched hands for a 2-0 lead.

Despite the 2-0 score, Ketchikan stayed close with solid defense.

However, Juneau's Kirstin Jorgensen scored in the 36th minute to put the game away.

In the second half, JDHS started to substitute to get other players experience.

"We've had some injured players, so in the second half we decided to put in some JV players, put in some fresh blood," Barton said. "They really stepped up with some fresh legs."

Less than a minute into the second half, the Bears' lead increased to 4-0 on a penalty kick by Jordan Cottingham.

Christianson scored two more goals in the second half as Clarissa Suson earned an assist to round out the night's scoring.

After the game, Barton lauded midfielder Audrey Wagner with the hard hart award for the night's hardest working player and gave goalkeeper Kayla Walton the team's sombrero hat award, given to the player who made the game's most outstanding play.

"Walton showed fantastic reflexes on a fantastic save on a corner kick," Barton said.

In the Bears' first game Saturday, they beat West Valley 2-1.

West Valley grabbed an early lead in the game's fifth minute that held for much of the game.

Christianson netted the equalizer in the 54th minute when she converted an assist from Suson.

The junior striker put JDHS up for good when she scored in the 62nd minute.

On Friday, the Crimson Bears faced Dimond and emerged with a hard-fought 1-1 tie.

"It was a cracker of a game," Barton said. "Two very good defenses."

In the defensive struggle, Cottingham put JDHS up 1-0 in the 19th minute.

Dimond, however, knotted the contest 11 minutes into the second half for the draw.

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