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Crimson Bears boys soccer closes Anchorage trip with two shutouts

JDHS beat Palmer, Service but fall to West

Posted: Sunday, May 13, 2007

Despite winning three games in four days in Anchorage, the Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team still has plenty of work to do.

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The Crimson Bears (9-2-3) topped Dimond, Palmer and Service high schools but fell to West Anchorage High School during the trip.

"We went 3-1, but I think we clearly haven't played our best yet," JDHS coach Gary Lehnhart said. "I suppose that's a good thing."

JDHS complete its grueling week with a 3-0 victory over the Service Cougars at Anchorage Football Stadium.

Goalie Sam Post made seven saves to preserve the Bears' sixth shutout of the season.

"It was our fourth game in four days, and we played like it," Lehnhart said. "Especially in the first half. We sleepwalked."

Dominic Smith headed in Zach Farrington's free kick in the 21st minute to put JDHS up 1-0.

The Bears broke the game open in the second half as Sam Greely scored in the 48th minute, followed by Tuavao Maake two minutes later.

JDHS and Service each posted 12 shots on goal.

On Friday, the Crimson Bears received two goals each from Colin Flynn, Andrew Flansaas and Jesse West in a 6-0 rout of Palmer.

Flynn scored twice in the first half as JDHS led 2-0 at the half.

Post made one save in the win.

Juneau-Douglas suffered its first loss to an Alaska team this season Thursday when it fell 2-1 to West Anchorage.

"We outshot them 11-9 in the game, and we did not take advantage of the opportunities we had," Lehnhart said. "We had a couple of unfortunate breaks, we hit the post and had two opportunities like that we could've converted."

Juneau-Douglas suffered a bit of bad luck to start the game as the Eagles went up 1-0 in the fifth minute on a Crimson Bears' own goal. Lehnhart said a missed kick went off the top of one of his defender's head and went into the net for the goal.

Down 1-0 at the half, Juneau-Douglas responded with the equalizer in the 60th minute as Farrington scored off Flynn's corner kick.

The Eagles would not be denied, though, and they scored the winner in the 76th minute.

"They took it to us in the last 10 minutes, and with four minutes to go, they got a rebound goal," Lehnhart said.

Post stopped seven shots for JDHS.

"Sam Post played real well at the end of the game," Lehnhart said. "He stopped them a couple of times when the defense broke down."

The loss may cost JDHS a higher seed in the upcoming state tournament. The Bears are currently 7-1-1 against in-state competition, scoring 40 goals while allowing six.

JDHS can wrap up a state tournament berth this weekend with by sealing at least one draw against Ketchikan High School either Friday or Saturday at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park. The Bears defeated the Kings 7-0 and 6-0 on April 20-21.

• Tim Nichols, sports editor, can be reached at sports@juneauempire.com.



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