Juneau-Douglas picks up one win in four games

Posted: Sunday, May 13, 2007

The Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer team played strong defense but came up with just one win during its four-game series in Anchorage.

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The Crimson Bears fell to Dimond and South Anchorage high schools on Wednesday and Thursday before beating Palmer High School on Friday and earning a draw with Service High School on Saturday.

In all, JDHS scored three goals and allowed three goals in the weekend.

On Saturday, the Crimson Bears (7-4-2) battled Service to a 0-0 draw.

Kayla Walton had three saves, and Talisa Rhea made one save for JDHS. The Bears outshot the Cougars 12-6 in the tie.

JDHS picked up its lone win of the trip Friday when it beat Palmer 3-1.

Down 1-0 at the half after the Moose converted a penalty kick, Juneau-Douglas responded with three unanswered goals for the win.

Rachel Tarver, playing in the striker position, scored in the 41st minute. Tarver, who has played in the midfield for most of the season, replaced forward Sarah Christianson up top after the senior injured the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee on April 27.

Margaret Sekona followed with two goals, the first of which came off Clarissa Suson's assist.

Walton made one save in the win while Juneau-Douglas took 20 shots on goal.

On Thursday, JDHS fell 1-0 to South Anchorage.

"We played well with South," JDHS co-coach Sandi Wagner said. "We have a couple holes and we're working through those. We're working on our combinations, but (South) is a good, solid team. They're tough."

Walton turned back six shots as the Wolverines had 16 shots to the Bears' eight.

JDHS started the series with a 1-0 defeat to Dimond, the defending state champions. The loss snapped Juneau's six-game winning streak. It was also the first time the Bears allowed a goal since March 30.

Walton made three saves in defeat while the Lynx outshot JDHS 12-10.

The Bears conclude the regular season at home with two games against Ketchikan. JDHS needs at least a draw Wednesday or Thursday to win the Southeast Conference and qualify for the state tournament.

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

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