After finishing the season unbeaten and allowing just four goals all year, the Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer team will open the state tournament Thursday as a two-seed.
The Crimson Bears (13-0-2) will take on West Valley at 4 p.m. Thursday at Anchorage Football Stadium. JDHS defeated the Wolfpack 8-0 on April 13 in the season-opening game then 2-1 on April 15.
"They're very much ready for the tournament," JDHS co-coach Sandi Wagner said. "We've played West Valley before. We know what do expect, but they'll be much improved from the time we played them. We'll have to be on our game."
Thursday's winner gets either Chugiak or Palmer. The Crimson Bears upended the Mustangs 3-0 on April 20 but haven't played the Moose this season.
In the other bracket, top-seeded and undefeated South Anchorage faces eighth-seed Grace Christian. The winner of the game will take on either Dimond or Kenai Central in the semifinals.
The undefeated Wolverines are the two-time defending state champion and battled JDHS to a scoreless draw on April 29.
Juneau-Douglas finished its season over the weekend by taking two games from host Ketchikan.
The Crimson Bears scored three goals in the first eight minutes Friday en route to a 9-0 win over Kayhi.
Margaret Sekona tallied a hat trick and record an assist for JDHS while Clarissa Suson scored two goals.
Sarah Christianson added a goal and two assists. Gretchen Dierking posted a goal and an assist while Marita Rodriguez and Jessy Post scored one goal each.
Juneau-Douglas outshot Ketchikan 31-2 and Kayla Walton made two saves to preserve the team's 11th shutout this season.
"They came up fired up on Friday and put it all together," Wagner said.
On Saturday, Ketchikan scored just the fourth goal against JDHS all season but fell 5-1 to the Bears.
Juneau-Douglas recorded 24 shots on goal. The Kings managed only two.
"We weren't playing as aggressively," Wagner said. "We weren't meshing."
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Dierking put JDHS on the board first in the 13th minute by converting a penalty kick.
Sekona scored 25 minutes later off an assist from Audrey Wagner to put the Crimson Bears ahead 2-0 at halftime.
In the 46th minute, Christianson scored off an assist from Kristin Jorgensen.
Whitney Walters cut Juneau's lead to 3-1 in the 62nd minute off an assist from Kristen Peterson.
Juneau-Douglas rebounded with two more goals before the final whistle. Sekona scored off Jordan Cottingham's corner kick in the 73rd minute and Rodriguez deposited Rochele Rodman's pass into the net in the game's final minute.
On the season, JDHS outscored opponents 69-4 in 15 games
On the boys end, Juneau-Douglas (10-6-2) received a sixth-seed and will face third-seeded Colony at 6 p.m. Thursday.
The Crimson Bears battled the Knights to a 2-2 draw on May 4.
The winner of Thursday's game will get either West Anchorage or Dimond in Friday's semifinal. JDHS defeated Dimond 4-2 on April 14 but fell to the Eagles 2-1 on April 27.
Top-seeded South Anchorage will take on North Pole at 2 p.m. Thursday. The winner will face either fourth-seeded Palmer or fifth-seeded Wasilla on Friday.
Juneau-Douglas scored 50 goals this season and conceded 25 in 18 games.
Tim Nichols, sports editor, can be reached at email@example.com.
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