The Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer team remain unbeaten on the season, but just barely.
The Crimson Bears played to a 0-0 tie against the Chugiak Mustangs on Friday night at Anchorage Football Stadium as Juneau freshman goalkeeper Erin Cottingham and Chugiak sophomore Keala Kini both earned shutouts.
It was the second straight tie for Juneau (7-0-2 overall), which tied defending state champion East Anchorage 1-1 on Thursday. Chugiak is 2-3-1 on the year.
"It was a good game, which we dominated," Juneau co-coach Colin Barton said. "We didn't create a lot of goal chances, but we had the ball a lot. Our problem was finishing in the last 5-10 yards. We'd either shoot too early, cross (pass) too early or shoot too late. Our timing was off."
Barton said Juneau especially dominated in the second half, when midfielders Kendri Cesar and Erin Flynn took control of the game.
"They both had a good tournament all-together," Barton said. "They were consistent every game. We've got a young side, so we expect a little inconsistency."
Friday night's tie concluded a three-game road trip, where Juneau posted a 1-0-2 record against Palmer, East and Chugiak, who all went to the state tournament last season. Juneau beat Chugiak 1-0 and lost to East 1-0 in last year's state tourney (the Crimson Bears didn't play Palmer).
"I was really pleased by our performance," Barton said. "We should have won both games (ties). We missed a penalty kick against East so we definitely should have won that. It was good for the girls to learn that these are the types of teams that can match up with."
The Crimson Bears will return to the Anchorage area this coming weekend for three more games against teams that went to state last year. Juneau plays Dimond at 5 p.m. on Thursday at AFS, Colony at 4 p.m. Friday in Palmer and on Saturday plays undefeated Service at 10 a.m. at AFS. Juneau swept Colony twice in Juneau earlier this season, winning 3-2 both times.
The Crimson Bears close out their regular season with a pair of home games against Ketchikan on May 17-18 at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park. If Juneau picks up at least one tie against Ketchikan the Crimson Bears will earn a return trip to the state tournament, which is May 23-25 in Wasilla.
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