With strong defense and physical play, the Service High School girls soccer team halted Juneau-Douglas High School's four-game winning streak over the weekend.
The Cougars defeated the Crimson Bears 2-0 on Friday and Saturday at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Field.
"I've been talking to them about it and it's good to play these teams because they have to be more physical," JDHS coach Colin Barton said. "When we get to Anchorage we have to play more physically. It took us a little while to adjust. To be quite honest, we didn't adjust fully, but it was a lesson for us."
Following a scoreless first half on Saturday, Service got on the board in the 68th minute.
After a long run down the left side and a cross by Yvonne DesJarlais, a wide open Callie Autheir settled and picked her spot in the left side of the net for a goal.
Four minutes later, Anna Cartwright followed her own rebound and scored.
Both Autheir and Cartwright had space and time to shoot as Juneau's defenders were late on the two plays.
"We played well defensively but let in two goals," Barton said. "This was due to the fact we didn't put enough pressure on the person with the ball."
Service found room to move on the left side as fullback Kaytlin Smith, midfielder Tricia Stonebreaker and DesJarlais worked well together.
Offensively, Juneau-Douglas created some dangerous offensive chances, especially in the first half. Nine of the Bears' 10 shots on goal came before halftime.
Too many times, however, striker Margaret Sekona found herself all alone versus three or four Service defenders.
"We were working hard in the midfield defensively, but when it came to offense we didn't have enough players coming forward," Barton said. "The times we did, we were very dangerous. We had a number of opportunities. The times Margaret was isolated, there was nothing happening because there were too many good players around her."
Juneau's defense and midfield enjoyed a solid game as the center of the field featured plenty of collisions and confrontations.
Michaela Goade, one of Juneau's 10 seniors making their final home appearance Saturday, proved a pillar of strength for JDHS. Goade provided the Bears with a stabilizing force in the midfield as she used her strength to protect the ball against the physical Cougars. She also started a number of offensive rushes with well-timed passes up the field.
Barton awarded Goade the hard hat after Saturday's game, given to the Bears' most workmanlike player.
Saturday's game also served as the senior night. Amanda Empson, Clarissa Suson, Carly Lehnhart, Kayla Walton, Jenna Rutecki, Amanda Soto, Rachel Tarver, Kristin Jorgensen, Goade, Sekona and manager Nini Toetuu were all honored prior to Saturday's game, the final home contest of the year.
On Friday, JDHS out shot Service 9-8 but two-first half goals by the Cougars proved the difference in the game.
DesJarlais scored eight minutes in and Cartwright followed 12 minutes later to put Service ahead 2-0.
Juneau-Douglas will be on the road the rest of the season. The Bears head to Anchorage on Wednesday for a four game stretch in four days.
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