Cheyenne Sanchez didn't take the field until the game was 29 minutes old, but his impact was immediate for the Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team.
Sanchez scored a goal and assisted on another during the next three minutes, then he added a second goal in the second half to lead the Crimson Bears to a 4-1 victory over the Palmer Moose on Thursday night at Palmer High School's Machetanz Field.
In the girls game, senior Nicole Lupro scored two goals and goalkeeper Julie Heard earned the shutout to lead the Crimson Bears to a 3-0 victory over the Moose as both unbeaten Juneau soccer teams kicked off their three-game road trips with victories.
The Crimson Bear squads both play at Colony today, then they take on Bartlett on Saturday to close out their junkets.
In the boys game, Sanchez earned the lunchbox award - given to the player who came to work that day - and might have earned some extra playing time. A junior, Sanchez has been biding his time on the bench, taking whatever minutes coach Gary Lehnhart gave him.
"The thing I liked was it wasn't just the guys who get the bulk of the playing time today," Lehnhart said. "I've got one spot on the field (the flank opposite senior Nathan Schroeder) that isn't really set. I've been rotating a lot of guys through the position, which means nobody's getting a lot of minutes. Nobody's seized it until Cheyenne. Cheyenne's been quietly sitting on the bench waiting for his chance, and when he got it he took charge."
Juneau (11-0-2 overall) scored eight minutes into the game on a goal by Schroeder. Ian Brinkman had the ball on the right side, then crossed the ball to Jamaal Bailey on the left who headed it up to Schroeder for the score.
In the 30th minute, just after Sanchez entered the game, Dylan Ashe won a ball at the top of the goalie box and fed Sanchez for Juneau's second goal. Two minutes later, Sanchez paid Ashe back with a nice cross that Ashe volleyed into the net, Lehnhart said.
Palmer, which was outshot 17-2, scored its only goal with three minutes left in the half on a rare mistake by sophomore goalkeeper Matthew Walton. Palmer took a shot and Walton made the initial save, but the ball slipped out of his hands and Peter Burton scored.
With seven minutes left in the game, Sanchez scored his second goal on a header after a throw-in by Levi Wanstall. Sanchez's header bounced off a Palmer defender and into the net.
In the girls game, the Crimson Bears (9-0-0) shook off a sluggish start to beat the Moose. The team flew to Anchorage on Thursday morning, then made the hour drive to Palmer. Plus, seniors Laura Flynn and Alida Bus had to take a test before the game and didn't arrive until 10 minutes before it started.
"We started off pretty slow, we weren't anticipating very well," Juneau coach Sandi Wagner said. "We finally got it together about three-quarters of the way through the first half and into the second."
Lupro scored the first half's only goal on an assist from Crystal Barr in the game's 21st minute.
Three minutes into the second half, Lupro scored her second goal on an assist from Greta Thibodeau. The goal was set up by Bus' long crossing pass, Wagner said.
The Crimson Bears capped things off in the 55th minute as Thibodeau scored an unassisted goal. The score was set up by a header from Lupro, then Thibodeau worked her way through Palmer's defense.
"Alida Bus played very well and she won one of our team awards. She was very aggressive," Wagner said. Another person who played well, Wagner said, was "Brittany Lehnhart coming off the bench on the flank."
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