The Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer team entered its three-game road trip this weekend undefeated. But when the Crimson Bears returned home, they had suffered three losses and didn't score a goal.
Juneau dropped a 4-0 decision to the unbeaten Service Cougars on Saturday at Anchorage Football Stadium. That followed a 2-0 loss to the Colony Knights on Friday at Colony High School in Palmer. The Crimson Bears opened the road trip with a 1-0 loss to the defending state runner-up Dimond Lynx on Thursday at AFS.
But even though the Crimson Bears fell to 7-3-2 on the season, Juneau co-coach Colin Barton said the Crimson Bears weren't too disappointed by the weekend.
"Normally you'd think we could be deterred, but that's not the case," Barton said. "The first game we could have and should have won. The second game was a cracker of a game and it could have gone either way. Service was a better team than us and we'll need to make some strategic adjustments the next time we play. They are much faster than us. They've got a couple of kids who can just fly."
In Saturday's game, Service scored twice early in the first half before the Crimson Bears settled down on defense. The score was 2-0 at halftime. Marcie Alzheimer led the Cougars with two goals and an assist. Sue Dahle and Stefanie Smith also scored for the Cougars.
"We started off slowly, and they got two goals quickly," Barton said. "There's no getting away, Service is a good side. I was frightened we might get crucified. But we did a great job. We created a couple of goal chances, but we're having great difficulty scoring."
Last year, Service beat Juneau 7-1 in the third-fifth place game at the state tournament.
In Friday's game, Colony gained a little revenge for two 3-2 losses the Knights suffered earlier this season in Juneau. Sianna Garrod scored two first-half goals for Colony, with Kelly Quinn assisting on the first goal and Kristina Klapperich earning the assist on the second score. Julie Coston earned the shutout in the nets for the Knights, who also went to the state tournament last year.
Barton said the Crimson Bears will spend much of the next week working on its offense while also trying to heal a few injuries that forced he and co-coach Sandi Wagner to shuffle the lineup around this weekend.
"These kids are good kids and they want to play soccer," Barton said. "This next week we'll be working on our finishing. That's what we're missing in our game right now."
Barton also singled out the play of freshman goalkeeper Erin Cottingham. He said Cottingham didn't have a lot of experience as a goalkeeper, but was forced into the position out of necessity and she has done a fine job.
The Crimson Bears will close out their regular season this coming weekend with a pair of Region V games against the Ketchikan Kings on Friday and Saturday night at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park. Game times have yet to be announced for the games. Juneau can clinch a return trip to state with at least one tie against Ketchikan, which Juneau beat twice earlier this season in Ketchikan.
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