The Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls soccer teams successfully kicked off their Anchorage roadtrip Wednesday with wins over Bartlett.
The Crimson Bears boys defeated the Golden Bears 3-1 at Anchorage Football Stadium. The JDHS girls played later in the evening, topping Bartlett 4-0.
In the girls game, Juneau-Douglas (7-4) snapped a two-game losing skid and recorded its fifth shutout of the season.
"It wasn't a great game, but for traveling and getting up early, they played with a lot of energy and we're happy with the result," JDHS co-coach Sandi Wagner said. "We still have things to work on, though."
After being shut out twice by Service last weekend, the Crimson Bears rediscovered their scoring touch Wednesday.
Nia Maake put JDHS ahead 1-0 with a goal in the 16th minute.
"The game was back and forth a bit prior to that," Wagner said. "That turned the game around and we started dominating at that point."
Maake's goal ignited the Bears' offense.
"I think a definite goal for this game was to get back in the scoring mentality and Nia's was a really nice shot," JDHS defender Kirsten Jorgensen said. "That'll be a goal to continue to work on. As the teams get tougher and tougher, we have to be able to put it away."
Following Maake's icebreaker, prolific forward Margaret Sekona put the game away.
Sekona put JDHS ahead in the 29th minute off a pass from Michaela Goade. She added two more goals after halftime - one off a free kick and another off Sarah Tarver's cross - to seal Bartlett's fate.
Jorgensen said Juneau's defenders and outside midfielders added to the offense with long runs and solid passes.
Defensively, JDHS limited Bartlett to one shot on goal. Maake made one save in the second half while Kayla Walton didn't face any shots in the first half for the Bears.
"In the game the ball was mostly with the forwards and midfielders," JDHS defender Jenna Rutecki said. "The defense had a little break in this game. We kept it together and didn't underestimate them."
In the boys game, Juneau-Douglas outshot Bartlett 24-7 en route to a two-goal victory.
Despite scoring three goals, Crimson Bears coach Gary Lehnhart said his team struggled to find the net.
"We made the game a little more difficult than it needed to be," he said. "We got up 2-0 by the 16th minute and from then on we just couldn't seem to get the right bounce, or we made the wrong decision and their goalkeeper played well. It was kind of a struggle."
JDHS (8-0-1) opened the game's scoring two minutes in as Isaac Stark scored off Dominic Smith's pass.
Fourteen minutes later, senior Colin Flynn beat Bartlett goalkeeper Nathan Walters to make the score 2-0.
In the second half, the Golden Bears got one back as Chris Arceneaux scored. The goal, which came in the 61st minute, ended the Bears' shutout streak at 279 minutes of play.
Flynn restored Juneau's two-goal advantage in the 76th minute with a goal off Sam Greely's assist.
"He shot the ball low and it was not so much how hard he shot as it was he positioned it," Lehnhart said of Flynn's second goal. "I think that's what stopped us. We tried to be a little too spectacular."
JDHS goalkeeper Sam Post made two saves in the win.
Both the Juneau-Douglas boys and girls will play Dimond today in Anchorage. The girls will play at 6 p.m. while the boys play at 8 p.m.
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