After mustering just three goals in its last four games, the Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer team got a boost of confidence Wednesday.
The Crimson Bears defeated Ketchikan High School 9-0 at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park to win the Southeast Conference title. JDHS officially earned its spot in the state tournament with the win.
"We needed a confidence boost," JDHS co-coach Sandi Wagner said. "We were struggling with our passing and looking for the right combination. I think we've found a combination we like."
Juneau-Douglas kept its perfect in-conference record intact with a quick start. The Bears scored three times in the first 14 minutes and led 5-0 at halftime. JDHS tacked on four more goals after halftime to preserve the win.
"They were focused," Wagner said. "They did a much better job of linking their passes."
Seven players scored goals, and six of Juneau's nine tallies came via assists.
Michaela Goade got JDHS started in the sixth minute with a goal off Clarissa Suson's assist.
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JDHS striker Margaret Sekona followed five minutes later off another Suson assist.
Rachel Tarver put the Bears up 3-0 in the 14th minute. Tarver filled in again for the injured Sarah Christianson at the striker position. She responded with two goals against Kayhi.
"We've been trying to find a combination that works," Wagner said. "In the last game (a 0-0 tie with Service on Saturday) I think we found it. It's just a matter of having them work together for a while."
Suson scored off a rebound in the 30th minute and Tarver added her second goal of the game just before halftime after depositing a Jessica Waste pass into the net.
JDHS kept the pressure on after halftime as Talisa Rhea scored in the 60th minute, followed by Carly Lehnhart three minutes later off Nia Maake's pass.
Sekona scored in the 66th minute off Annika Ord's assist, and Mahlet Tingley finished the scoring in the 74th minute. Lehnhart picked up the assist on Tingley's goal.
"It was just an amazing hustle goal," Wagner said.
Defensively, goalkeeper Kayla Walton needed to make just one save in the win.
JDHS has recorded eight shutouts on the year.
The Crimson Bears will finish the regular season at 7 p.m. tonight against Ketchikan at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.
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