JDHS boys attack the flanks in pair of victories over East

Posted: Sunday, April 29, 2007

The Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team shared the wealth over the weekend in two wins over East Anchorage High School.

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The Crimson Bears (6-1-3) extended their unbeaten streak to eight games with an 8-1 victory Saturday and 4-0 win Friday.

"We were very unselfish," JDHS coach Gary Lehnhart said of Saturday's win. "There were three goals where guys could've made a good attempt on their own and instead they gave it to someone else who had it better. Boy, you can't ask for much more. To get guys to put their own personal success aside for team success - we talked about it a lot and I'm happy to see that."

Six different players scored in Saturday's win as Juneau-Douglas thoroughly controlled play.

Colin Flynn, Andrew Flansaas and Dominic Smith's play in the middle helped open up space and lanes for wing players Tuavao Maake and Isaac Stark.

When the ball did get to the flanks, Maake and Stark paid their central teammates back with terrific crosses in front of the goal.

"The last couple of weeks we've been working on spreading it out to our flanks and playing it out wide," said Juneau's Jesse West, who had two goals and an assist Saturday, "then running down the field as quickly as we can to the center and get some air balls and stuff in the air."

Stark and Maake enjoyed terrific games along the sidelines by utilizing strong runs to the corners.

Maake, filling in for the injured Nils Domke, enjoyed a standout performance on the right side. Maake set up a number of chances by running down passes on the wing and crossing back into the middle. He also scored the team's fifth goal in the 45th minute when he tucked the ball into the near post.

"They were kind of toward the ball so it left my side open, so I just made those runs on that side, and when they found me, I passed into the middle," Maake said.

Defensively, Juneau's three-man alignment of wing fullbacks Zach Farrington and Alex Schirmer along with central fullback Carlo Ebron shut down East's attack.

The Thunderbirds struggled to create offense and scored their lone goal on Tanner Smith's penalty kick with nine minutes left in regulation.

"I thought the defense played better (Friday) myself but they still, for all intents and purposes, the starting defense didn't give up a goal all weekend so you can't be too picky," Lehnhart said. "They're a good group."

Flynn and Smith opened the game's scoring in the first half when they capitalized on misplayed balls by the East goaltender.

West put JDHS ahead 3-0 in the 34th minute after scoring off a brilliant pass from Smith in traffic. Smith flicked the ball between his own legs to West, who blasted it into the net.

Flynn scored his second goal right before halftime to put JDHS ahead 4-0.

The Crimson Bears continued to attack the flanks in the second half, resulting in four goals.

Maake, West, Elliot Ford and Kevin Gullufsen all scored in the win.

Ford, Joe Slagle, Smith, Wets, Flynn, Nathan Ord and Aaron Badilla all had assists as Juneau-Douglas shared the ball judiciously.

Sam Post made four saves for JDHS.

"One of the things is we play a lot of people, and that helps," Lehnhart said. "That keeps everyone into it, and it's nice to have a lot of good players."

On Friday, four Crimson Bears scored goals in the shutout victory.

Smith, Flynn and Sam Greeley scored to put JDHS ahead 3-0 at halftime. Flansaas added one more goal off Flynn's assist in the 70th minute.

Flynn had two assists while Farrington and Joe Croteau added one assist each in the win.

Sam Post made one save for his fourth shutout of the season.

JDHS next plays on May 9 against Dimond High School in the first game of a four-day Anchorage road trip. The Bears will also take on Palmer, Service and defending state champion South Anchorage High School during the excursion.

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

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