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Defense remains strong in Bears' victories

Juneau-Douglas tops Ketchikan 6-0 on Saturday

Posted: Sunday, April 16, 2006

The Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team wrapped up a successful homestand with two victories over the weekend.

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The Crimson Bears (6-1-1, 2-0 Southeast) knocked off Dimond 4-2 on Friday and followed that up with a commanding 6-0 triumph over Southeast Conference rivals Ketchikan on Saturday.

In the three-day series, JDHS took two games from the Kings. Those wins put the Crimson Bears in first place in the Southeast Conference. The conference champion qualifies for the state tournament.

"It just kind of sets the tone for state," JDHS striker Dylan Ashe said. "They're basically qualifier games for state. It's just great to get two solid wins. Just great performances from defense and offense. To score five or six goals a night and to keep it at zero shows the goalkeeper, offense, defense, everyone just played a solid game."

Juneau-Douglas concluded the weekend with a solid team effort Saturday night in a 6-0 win over Kayhi.

Six players scored for JDHS in the win.

Ashe opened the scoring three minutes into the game, when he headed in a brilliant crossing pass from Matt Walton.

Twelve minutes later, Andrew Flansaas took a long ball and maneuvered around Ketchikan goalkeeper Weston Corporon for the Bears' second goal.

Nils Domke scored off a Kabil Seesan assist. Rob Sylvester converted a penalty kick, and Robert Slagle gave JDHS a 5-0 halftime lead when he knocked in a pass from Eric Gullufsen.

JDHS used its superior speed in the midfield to play long passes through Ketchikan's defense, creating a multitude of scoring opportunities.

"(Gullufsen) has really great vision in the field," Ashe said. "You can pass it to him and he'll pass it to the forwards or the outside midfielders."

Jesse West ended the night's scoring by showing patience on the left side. After taking a Dominic Smith pass, West waited for his opening and blasted his first goal of the season.

Juneau's defense played extremely well as the back line of Sylvester, Carlo Ebron, Alex Schirmer and Kevin Heffern made the lead stood.

Goalkeeper Eli Wray combined with Walton and Sam Post to earn the shutout.

On Friday, JDHS received three goals and an assist from Jamaal Bailey in a 4-2 win over Dimond.

Ashe added a goal and an assist for the Crimson Bears and Walton picked up an assist against the Lynx.

JDHS took a 2-1 lead and extended it to 3-1 in the 52nd minute before sealing the win.

Next weekend, the Crimson Bears host Chugiak and Seattle powerhouse Bellarmine Prep.

• Tim Nichols, sports editor, can be reached at sports@juneauempire.com.



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