The Juneau-Douglas boys’ soccer team returned from a rough road trip up North this weekend after going 1-1-2 in four games in the Anchorage area.
The short-handed Bears had a difficult task ahead of them with several players battling injuries heading into the weekend.
Already without juniors Rhett Bennett, absent, and Nathan Fosket, concussion, senior Victor Wilson attempted to come back from an ankle injury to play in-state rival South Anchorage, but Bears coach Gary Lehnhart decided to pull him after he was not able to perform at full speed.
Just minutes into the game, junior Max Smith suffered an injury to the groin and hip area, but the full extent of the injury will not be known until Smith has the injury examined today.
Another player, goalkeeper Taylor Lehnhart, would also leave the game with an injury after a collision in the box that resulted in a score for South.
The Crimson Bears would lose the opener of the road trip 1-0.
The Bears battled to a 0-0 draw against Chugiak in the second game, but broke out offensively in the third game against Wasilla.
Jackson Lehnhart got the scoring started in the 4-2 win off an assist from Nick Rutecki in the 26th minute. Colin Zheng got into the scoring column off a Jackson Lehnhart pass just one minute later. Shortly thereafter, Wasilla scored on a penalty kick to make the score 2-1.
Phil Murray would follow that with an unassisted goal from the top of the box, and in the 60th minute, Jace Mason beat several defenders and scored off an assist from George Skan. Wasilla would add one more goal before the final whistle.
The Bears closed things out with a 1-1 tie against Service with Skan setting up Andy Lawson for the Bears lone goal. Taylor Lehnhart was able to return for the final match of the weekend after being cleared to play following his shoulder injury. The availability of Smith and Wilson for next weekend is unknown, but Fosket will continue to miss some time with the concussion.