The Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team kicked off its four-game series in Anchorage on a positive note Wednesday.
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Colin Flynn scored a hat trick while the Crimson Bears defeated Dimond High School 4-2 at Anchorage Football Stadium. JDHS has won five straight games and hasn't lost in about a month and a half.
"Defense has been pretty steady this year but we were a little off today," JDHS coach Gary Lehnhart said. "We had more balls that were slipping through than we've had in the past. We have some work to do."
Juneau-Douglas (7-1-3) hasn't allowed multiple goals in a game since its 3-2 loss to Ferris on April 5 in Spokane, Wash.
Flynn put the Crimson Bears on the board in the game's first minute. Lehnhart said Dominic Smith set up the goal after receiving a pass from Sam Greely and then laying the ball off to Flynn for the goal.
Dimond leveled the score 12 minutes later but JDHS responded to go up 2-1 at the half.
Joe Slagle, who Lehnhart moved to the outside flank position for the game, gathered a pass from Flynn and beat the Lynx' goalkeeper in the 36th minute.
Flynn converted a penalty kick three minutes into the second half to give JDHS a 3-1 advantage.
The striker completed the hat trick in the 52nd minute when he beat Dimond's offside track and converted Carlo Ebron's pass from the back.
"They've been trying to trap us, and we had quite a few offsides today," Lehnhart said. "I told the guys it's eventually going to catch up to them. Colin timed it perfectly. Carlo played it through and had an uncontested one-on-one with the goalkeeper."
Dimond tacked on a goal in the 62nd minute but would get no closer.
JDHS will take on West Anchorage, currently in second place in the Cook Inlet Conference, at 6 p.m. today.
It will be a rematch of last year's thrilling state semifinal contest, won 1-0 by Juneau-Douglas in double overtime. Former Crimson Bears goaltender Matt Walton turned back more than 20 shots, many of the acrobatic variety, for JDHS.
"It was the greatest performance ever for a Juneau goalkeeper," Lehnhart said.
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