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Coming off a season- and program-opening road trip to Ketchikan, the Thunder Mountain boys' soccer team played its first-ever match at home against the Eagle River Wolves on Saturday evening at Thunder Mountain High School.
The young Falcons (0-3) are still looking for their first goal of the season as they fell to the Wolves 7-0 in their home opener. The Wolves, who lost 7-0 to Juneau-Douglas earlier in the day, turned around after a five-hour layoff to upend the inexperienced Thunder Mountain squad.
Falcons coach Kiel Urata said this will be a learning experience all season, but he likes the week-to-week progress he's seen from his team.
"It's a process and these guys are starting to get it," he said. "The little things make a big difference in soccer."
After giving up five first-half goals, the Falcons were noticably crisper in the second half as they only surrendered two goals and gave themselves several solid scoring opportunities.
"Their formation was so much better in the second half. These guys are starting to figure it out," Urata said. "Some of these guys are taking it a little hard when we lose by seven, but that's OK because they're working hard and that's what you expect when people care about something."
The Falcons, whether they are ready or not, will have the chance to experience some of the best soccer in the state of Alaska as the Crimson Bears will make the short trip to Thunder Mountain High School for a 5 p.m. matchup on Monday.