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Coming off the May 7 14-0 girls' soccer rout at the hands of Juneau-Douglas, Thunder Mountain narrowed the deficit by more than half but still fell to the Crimson Bears 6-0 on a rainy Wednesday night at TMHS.
Falcons co-coach Kris Coffee said she was impressed with her team's improvement.
"They played much better then they did last time," she said. "I think the first time there were a lot of nerves and jitters, and a little bit of intimidation knowing they were going up against such a good team and a hometown favorite.
"They played much better and they played with their heads up the whole game. They did great. I couldn't ask them to do better."
Solana Ashe got the scoring started for the Bears in the 11th minute, poking in a goal off a Sarah Tarver assist to give JDHS a 1-0 lead.
Aubrey Briscoe tacked on a goal in the 27th minute, tapping the ball in off a Sidney Browning assist, extending the lead to 2-0.
Briscoe added her second goal of the match in the 36th minute with a header off a well-placed cross from Sarah Donohoe. Minutes later, Briscoe had her chance for a hat trick blocked by TMHS keeper Gesabel Rosa on a penalty kick.
Rosa made a number of nifty saves in the net for the Falcons.
"Our goalkeeper gained so much confidence today," Coffee said. "She made so many great saves. Our defense played much better and we've really been focusing on that in practice."
Tarver extended the lead to four in the 52nd minute with a low, hard strike from the 18-line, pushing the lead to four.
German exchange student Barbara Lux found the net in the 79th minute off a Kiera Clark assist, and then capped off the scoring with her second goal of the match in less than a minute with a long shot into the corner of the goal off an assist from Kelsey Blacks, giving the Bears a 6-0 win.
"I didn't think it was our best effort and I think the girls would say the same," JDHS coach Matt Dusenberry said. "We were shooting a lot and not finishing, so we'll probably work on that tomorrow and the next few days as we get ready for the next game."
The Crimson Bears (11-4-1) will take on Thunder Mountain (0-7) again Saturday at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.
Bears roll 7-0
Wednesday evening's matchup between the Crimson Bears and Falcons boys' soccer teams was one-sided once again as Juneau-Douglas won handily, 7-0 at Thunder Mountain High School.
Bears (14-1-3) coach Gary Lehnhart decided to rest his starters in preparation for their matchup this weekend with Sitka, but the reserves and other JV players were able to keep the Falcons (1-9) at bay.
Playing in his first game of the season for the Crimson Bears, Alan Portillo recorded a hat trick with his third goal coming early in the second half.
"I'm excited because this is my first game, and I scored three goals. It was really amazing," he said. "We played really well. It's easy when we have such a good team, but we need to play well against Sitka and the other teams."
Heston Allred accounted for two more spectacular goals for the Crimson Bears, both of which came in the second half. About halfway through the second half, Allred connected on a blast from 35 yards out that went untouched into the back of the net. He followed that score with a volley in the box off a cross from the left side.
Bears coach Luke Adams said it was good for his young players to get experience in a match that counted as a varsity game.
"It was good to get those kids out there - a group trying to break through in our program," he said. "They've really been dedicated and it was a good effort today.
"It's good to see Thunder Mountain really get some opportunities today," Adams continued. "It's showing they're getting better and better. Credit their coaching staff and kids."
For the Falcons, they know the learning curve is still steep. Thunder Mountain coach Kiel Urata said although the first half was rough, his team worked hard to finish the match.
"We're still teaching the game to some of our players, and others have accelerated a lot and gotten better," he said. "Their ball movement was quite good, and that made it tough for us. They were switching well and were able to make some crosses."