In the first-ever matchup between the two teams, Juneau-Douglas defeated Thunder Mountain 13-0 as the Crimson Bears' depth and experience proved too much for the young Falcons on Monday night at Thunder Mountain High School.
Max Smith got Juneau-Douglas (10-0-1) out to a fast start against the Falcons (0-4) in the 3rd minute with a clean header for a goal off an Adam Nesheim throw in, and from there the Crimson Bears never looked back.
Peter Jorgensen continued the attack with a goal in the seventh minute, burying a deep shot from the 25-yard mark to give the Crimson Bears a 2-0 lead.
Thunder Mountain played the Crimson Bears tough, not allowing another goal until the 19th minute when Phil Murray headed in a Smith corner for a score. But JDHS was still too much for the inexperienced Falcons.
About a minute later, Nesheim followed with a goal of his own off a well-placed through ball from Smith, and after that goal, the Crimson Bears' starters gave way to their younger reserves midway through the first half.
With a busy weekend ahead against state rival South Anchorage, Lehnhart wanted to give his squad a rest when he could.
"We put our next group in and those kids did great," he said. "They were excited to get in there and play.
"For us, it was good to see the depth in the program and to see those kidsdeveloping."
The Juneau-Douglas assault continued as Colin Zheng found the net in the 30th minute, followed by a Falcon own goal to push the lead to 7-0 heading into the break.
Stuart Thurston added a goal in the 44th minute for the Bears, and Kyle Phillips scored in the 47th after settling a corner kick from his brother Kaden.
Thurston assisted Johnny Joyce for a score in the 54th minute and Heston Allred tacked on a goal three minutes later off a Hunter Kirkpatrick assist.
In the 60th minute, Adam Soto fired a shot into the back of the net off the rebound of a Kirkpatrick shot attempt, and Kirkpatrick capped the scoring with another goal.
While Thunder Mountain soccer is not yet at the level of the cross-town Crimson Bears, Falcons head coach Kiel Urata wanted to show his kids what it was like to play the best in the state, and they got the best.
Crimson Bears coach Gary Lehnhart said he was impressed by the competitive spirit of the young players and coaches at Thunder Mountain.
"I respect that Kiel wanted his kids to play against our top kids," he said. "We had a couple of injured players that I sat, but we started our starters."
As for the Falcons, Lehnhart said every team needs to start somewhere. And while it may take some time, Thunder Mountain will find success.
"It takes a while. You don't just build a program overnight," he said. "It'll happen for them. They're a hard-working bunch and they've got good coaches.
"I bet by the end of the season you'll see an entirely different team there."
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