Bears' boys get stingy

JDHS boys with three shutouts while girls' win streak stopped at 23

Posted: Sunday, May 01, 2005

After ripping Service, 11-0, on Thursday, the Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team earned two more clean sheets with a 0-0 tie against West Anchorage on Friday and a 4-0 win over South Anchorage Saturday.

West, considered one of Alaska's top teams, and Juneau battled for 80 minutes without finding the net. The Crimson Bears (8-2-2) outshot the Eagles, 8-6, and earned seven corner kicks to West's four.

Goalkeepers Eli Wray and Matt Walton combined to make six saves while fullbacks Danny Hernandez, Cheyenne Sanchez and Nick Campbell provided stout defense

"Our defense played well," JDHS coach Gary Lehnhart said. "Our goal was to put up zeros and we did it all weekend. I think all three defenders had good weekends."

On Saturday, Dylan Ashe scored a hat trick and assisted on another goal to lead JDHS past South.

Ashe scored in the first half to give JDHS a 1-0 lead.

In the second half, referees called offsides and disallowed a potential equalizing goal by the Wolverines.

Lehnhart labeled the disallowed goal the turning point in the game.

"That seemed to change the complexion of the game," Lehnhart said. "From then on we took over."

Ashe scored two more goals and Carlo Ebron added a goal for the Bears. Colin Flynn and Jamaal Bailey added assists in the win.

The Juneau-Douglas girls had their undefeated streak halted at 23 games Friday when West Anchorage upended the Crimson Bears, 2-0.

"It was a very, very good game," JDHS co-coach Colin Barton said. "We made two defensive mistakes and they scored two goals, however, we played exceptionally well. Margaret Sekona was very good up top, Lindsey Kato played very solidly on the back line, Monica Daugherty and Jessy Post both played really well in the midfield. It was a good game."

On Saturday, JDHS played a strong second half but fell to South Anchorage, 3-1.

The Wolverines blasted out of the gates, scoring three goals in the game's first 15 minutes and not allowing Juneau-Douglas a single shot on goal.

The Crimson Bears (7-2) came out roaring in the second half, however, outshooting South 12-6 in the final 40 minutes and receiving a goal from Sekona.

"We were out-played in the first half and there's no question about it," Barton said. "I talked to the kids at the half and they pulled it together tremendously. The result was 3-1 but we totally dominated the second half."

Despite suffering their first two defeats since 2003, Barton said his team played very well and the trip to Anchorage proved beneficial.

"We got to play good, class opposition and we haven't had that all season," Barton said. "We'll just take it from here."

In the girls' game on Thursday, the Bears received two first-half goals from Rochele Rodman and coasted to a 5-0 win over Bartlett.

Sarah Christianson scored two goals and Kato added a tally for JDHS. Daugherty had three assists and Sekona added an assist in the win.

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