Crimson Bears conclude Anchorage road trip

Posted: Sunday, May 04, 2008

The Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls soccer teams concluded their road trip in Anchorage on Saturday with games against tough South Anchorage squads at Anchorage Football Stadium.

The JDHS boys and Wolverines played to a 4-4 draw on Saturday while the Crimson Bears girls team fell 1-0 to South.

In the boys match, Juneau-Douglas showed its offense in a rematch of the 2006 and 2007 state title games.

"I was really pleased with the way we played," JDHS coach Gary Lehnhart said. "I told them after the game that I thought that was our best offensive game of the year. If we can tighten up on our mistakes, we'll be in good shape."

The first half featured plenty of offensive fireworks as JDHS and South played to a 3-3 tie.

The Wolverines' Spencer Augustin put his side up 1-0 in the eighth minute, only to have Colin Flynn answer one minute later to tie the score.

A similar scenario occurred in the 33rd minute as South's John Hall converted a penalty kick. Juneau's Flynn responded in the 34th minute, however, with a goal of his own.

JDHS took the lead in the 35th minute as Isaac Stark scored off Dominic Smith's assist.

South tied the score just before halftime as Andres Tabares found the net.

"The good news is we controlled play and we had clear possession," Lehnhart said. "We felt (South's) goals were ones that should've been avoided."

South went up in the 41st minute on Mike Naylor's goal.

Smith then tied the game at 4-4 with a goal in the 60th minute.

"Elliot Ford and Colin really controlled the midfield," Lehnhart said. "South was using a direct counterattack. They were sending the ball long and have talented players up top so it was difficult to defend. Our defense held on there."

On Friday, JDHS (10-0-2) defeated Palmer 3-1 as Stark, Flynn and Aaron Badilla scored. Sam Greely, Victor Wilson and Flynn recorded assists in the win.

In the girls game, South's Carly Butcher scored the game's lone goal as the Wolverines beat Juneau-Douglas 1-0.

The Crimson Bears (8-5-1) defeated the Moose 1-0 on Friday.

Both the JDHS boys and girls are off next weekend before closing the regular season on May 16-17 against Ketchikan.

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