Juneau-Douglas headed to states after sweep

Crimson Bears hope to utilize their depth and speed in upcoming state tournament

Posted: Sunday, May 15, 2005

Now the real work begins.

The Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team punched its ticket for the state tournament with a weekend sweep of Southeast rival Ketchikan.

The Crimson Bears topped the Kings, 6-1, on Friday then routed Kayhi, 11-0, on Saturday.

"We've all have come together," Juneau's Dylan Ashe said. "We've built on our errors and it's all about the team."

Juneau only needed to win either Friday or Saturday to earn the berth into states, which kicks off on Thursday in Anchorage.

With the two wins, the Crimson Bears hope to build on the regular season's successes and come out strong in the tournament.

"We're such a deep team," Ashe said. "We have a lot of talent so we're continuous and strong."

On Friday, JDHS received some stiff competition from visiting Ketchikan, especially in the first half.

Carlos Cuellar scored the game's opening goal off an assist from Dylan Ashe.

The Bears' Danny Hernandez put his side up 2-0 before the half when he converted an assist from Ian Brinkman.

"They played well, they just didn't finish," JDHS coach Gary Lehnhart said of the first half. "What was nice was that in the first 10 minutes of the second half the put a stamp on the game."

Colin Flynn and Jamaal Bailey scored in the first four minutes of the second half to put the game away for JDHS. Bailey added a second goal and Ashe also scored in the second half before Ketchikan's Connor Pihl made the final score 6-1.

Ashe and Brinkman had two assists each while Kabil Seesan and Carlo Ebron each contributed an assist in the win.

In Saturday's contest, Juneau-Douglas took control early and never let up on the accelerator as it coasted to an 11-0 victory.

Seesan scored two goals while Cuellar, Nick Ellenbecker, Flynn, Brinkman, Levi Wanstall and Dominic Smith all tallied goals in the win.

Brinkman and Eric Gullufsen had two assists each while Flynn and Mark Rainery had one assist apiece in the win.

Lehnhart substituted liberally in both games, trying to make his bench as deep as possible for the state tournament.

The coach wants to use at least 17 players, giving his side the stamina to give maximum effort and hopefully fatigue opponents.

"We play quickly, play wide and put pressure on people," Lehnhart said. "We're 17 deep and we're playing that way. We're trying to play the game at a faster pace.

"It's tough and it's rewarding. I enjoy and it's rewarding to see them buy into it and have complete involvement."

The junior varsity takes on a JDHS alumni team on Monday and will conduct practice on Tuesday before shipping off for Anchorage.



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