Juneau girls let two-goal lead slip

Colony rallies for a 2-2 tie; Juneau boys beat Knights

Posted: Friday, May 02, 2003

The Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer team held a 2-0 lead on host Colony with eight minutes to play Thursday, but the Crimson Bears let down their guard and the Knights rallied for a 2-2 tie.

The Juneau boys played well in their game against Colony and wound up with a 4-0 victory.

For the girls, the tie broke a seven-game winning streak to open the season.

"We just collapsed," Juneau co-coach Colin Barton said by phone from Anchorage. "We made a couple of mistakes. We totally dominated the whole game. Apart from the two goals the scored, (Colony) had two shots on goal and we had 17."

The Juneau girls (7-0-1) took their 2-0 lead in the first half on goals from Theresa Badilla (assist from Olena Lundquist) and Gretchen Dierking (assist from Alida Bus). The goals were similar, with each player taking the pass, beating a couple of Colony defenders and putting in the shot.

Colony's late goals - both from close in to the net - came from Sianna Garrod and Autumn Manelick.

"We weren't able to get the ball (out of the box) in one circumstance," Barton said, which lead to Manelick's goal. Garrod's score came when she took a pass on her chest, then volleyed the ball in for the goal.

Lee Sullivan scored two goals as the Crimson Bear boys improved to 6-3 on the season.

Nathan Schroeder got Juneau's scoring started in the eighth minute when he took a pass from Kalon Wright and just beat out the Colony goalkeeper.

"The first few minutes of the game were a little ragged, but we put together a really good string where we played really quickly ... and ended up with a goal," Juneau coach Gary Lehnhart said.

Sullivan scored his first goal in the 22nd minute on a penalty kick, then added another four minutes into the second half on an unassisted shot from about 20 yards out.

In the 60th minute - the 20th minute of the second half - Schroeder returned the favor to Wright. Schroeder made a long diagonal pass to Wright, who got to the ball just ahead of the Colony goalie and knocked it in.

Lehnhart commended the defensive play of Joe Stendahl, who earned the team's lunchbox award., and Ian Brinkman.

After a long search, the Crimson Bear boys finally found a team to play today - Chugiak. The girls will face Bartlett today as both teams finish their road trip.



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