The Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team avenged its loss to the Colony Knights in last year's inaugural state championship game by claiming a 5-1 victory over the Knights early Saturday morning at the Anchorage Football Stadium.
The Crimson Bear boys lost to Colony 3-2 in last year's title game.
The game capped off a road trip to Anchorage where the Crimson Bears played three games in 40 hours, despite a snowfall that dumped as much as eight inches of snow on parts of Anchorage during the week.
On Friday, the Crimson Bear boys lost a 3-2 decision to the East Anchorage Thunderbirds. The Juneau girls tied East 3-3 on Friday. The Juneau girls were also supposed to play Colony on Saturday, but the game was canceled.
"I think it was pretty impressive the way we played three games in 40 hours," Juneau boys coach Gary Lehnhart said. "It was pretty taxing and the guys were cold and tired. It wasn't technically our best effort Saturday, but we did what we had to do to win."
In Saturday's title rematch, the Juneau boys (6-3-1 overall) had two players -- Lee Sullivan and Axel Thibodeau -- score their first goals of the season against the Knights (3-2-1).
Sullivan opened the game's scoring in the fifth minute when he scored an unassisted goal after he took the ball off a Colony player, then dribbled it in and lifted it over the goalkeeper's head. Three minutes later, Luke Knowles scored an unassisted goal when he dribbled the ball up the middle and scored from 20 yards out. Juneau made it 3-0 in the game's 15th minute when Justin Dorn scored off a headed pass from Jonathan Rue.
In the second half, Dorn scored in the game's 57th minute when he dribbled the ball past about five defenders for what Lehnhart called a spectacular goal. Thibodeau scored six minutes later on an assist from Evan Brinkman, but the play was started on defense when Cal Craig made a steal and passed the ball up to Travis Croteau who sent it ahead to Brinkman.
Landon Swank scored Colony's only goal in injury time as the Knights barely avoided the shutout.
In Friday's boys game against East (2-5-0), Lehnhart said the Crimson Bears came out flat and three mistakes led to three East goals.
Jevon Miller gave East a 1-0 first-half lead when he scored after Juneau defender Callahan Dillon and goalkeeper Zuriel "Zee" Ebron collided going for a loose ball in the game's 15th minute.
In the game's 52nd minute, Dorn scored off a penalty kick to tie the score. But East capitalized on another Juneau mistake a minute later as Juneau defender Collin Daugherty tried to chip the ball back to Ebron and it went over Ebron's head for an own-goal. Juneau scored a minute after that to tie the score at 2-2 as Dorn finished off a run through the middle by Knowles.
With two minutes to go in the game, East's Jacob Wilson scored the game-winner after the Thunderbirds took a corner-kick and the ball bounced around in front of the net and Ebron couldn't get a handle on it.
"In our last few games, we'd gone like 27 goals straight without anyone scoring on us and I think we came in flat," Lehnhart said. "East, they were ready to go. (East defender) Tom Marriage controlled the flow of the game, and East bypassed the middle by making long kicks up to Miller."
In Friday's girls game, Juneau (8-2-1) took the lead three times but East (4-0-3) had an answer every time.
Callan Janowiec scored Juneau's first goal off an assist from Ella Magallanes, but East answered with an unassisted goal from Maryann Hoke. In the second half, Erin Flynn gave Juneau a 2-1 after she converted a penalty kick. But Jamie Stubbs tied it for East three minutes later off an assist from Jessica Allman. Janowiec scored her second goal of the game off an assist from Magallanes to make it 3-2 Juneau, but East tied the game again with three minutes to play on a goal from Despina Maroulis that was assisted by Hoke.
"We had the lead three times, but unfortunately we lost the lead each time," Juneau co-coach Colin Barton said. "East is a good team. It was a well-played game and it was good for our young players."
"It was fun to play them," East coach Liz Hayes said. "Juneau is usually a quick team and they always have good athletes, so you know it's usually going to be a good game."
The Crimson Bears were supposed to play Colony early Saturday morning, but Colony coach Lorie Miner said she begged off when she found out the game would be shortened to two 20-minute halves instead of the usual 40-minute periods.
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