It wasn't water that was falling from the sky at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park this weekend - it was a torrent of torrid shots from the Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer team.
The Crimson Bear offense was hitting on all cylinders as Juneau defeated region rival Ketchikan 11-0 on Friday and 9-0 on Saturday.
"We took our shots as well as we could," senior Greta Thibodeau said. "All of our practice paid off."
Juneau (12-0-1) swept the season series with Ketchikan, and Friday's win gave the Crimson Bears the sole Southeast berth at the state tournament in Wasilla this Friday and Saturday.
Saturday's game was a little slower and less intense than Friday's game, but Juneau co-coach Colin Barton said that probably was due to the festivities of Senior Night at the field.
"(Friday) was extremely positive," he said. "(Saturday) was a little less positive. But it had a different atmosphere, with it being Senior Night. A little more friendly atmosphere."
Appropriately, it was a senior - Callan Janowiec - who opened the scoring Saturday with an unassisted goal in the 21st minute. Six minutes later, senior Chelsea Farrington scored from about 25 yards out on a rebound of an unsuccessful corner kick.
In the 29th minute, junior Crystal Barr took the ball down the right side and at the last moment passed it across to junior Alida Bus, who scored. Four minutes later, freshman Jessy Post took the ball out of a crowd in front of the net and knocked it in to give Juneau a 4-0 lead at the half.
Two minutes into the second half, Janowiec took a pass from junior Laura Flynn, broke away and, in a one-on-one with Ketchikan goalie Emily Willett, kicked a grounder that hit the left post and bounced in. Two minutes later, Janowiec scored under almost identical circumstances off a pass from senior Olena Lundquist.
In the 48th minute, after a Kayhi hand-ball penalty, Post launched a direct kick over Willett's head from about 25 yards out to make it 7-0 Juneau. In the 66th minute, Thibodeau took a pass from freshman Gretchen Dierking and tapped the ball in for a score.
Senior Megan Lockridge closed out the scoring in the 75th minute, when she took a rebound and sank a shot from about 15 yards out on the right side.
Saturday's game was the last home match for Juneau's nine seniors.
"I'm really sad to be playing my last game" at home, senior defender and co-captain Liza Slotnick said. "But I feel good about the weekend. We played hard."
Crimson Bears 11, Kings 0
Ketchikan's young goalkeepers played well in Friday's game, but Juneau's offense deluged the Kings with too many pinpoint-accurate shots.
Janowiec opened the scoring just a couple of minutes into the game when she knocked in a goal out of a tangle of players in front of the net. She scored again in the 12th minute off an assist from Lundquist.
In the 13th minute, sophomore Monica Daugherty launched a great shot from about 25 yards out that went over the head of Kayhi goalie Amy Wadley and into the goal. One minute later, Post knocked a grounder past Wadley to put Juneau up 4-0.
Thibodeau closed out the first-half scoring in the 35th minute, when she took a pass from Flynn and scored from about 20 yards out.
In the second half, Lundquist just missed finishing off a couple of excellent scoring chances in the first few minutes, but was redeemed in the 50th minute - the 10th minute of the half - when she knocked a shot past Wadley. Three minutes later, freshman Theresa Badilla sank a shot from the left side to put the Crimson Bears up 7-0.
Post scored an impressive goal in the 58th minute, when her corner kick from the right side took a great curve and sailed - untouched - into the net. In the 63rd minute, Thibodeau crossed the ball to the left side of the field where Lundquist was waiting; Lundquist hit a rocket past new Kayhi goalie Katie Geldaker.
Flynn made it 10-0 for the Crimson Bears when she scored off a shot lofted from about 35 yards out in the 77th minute. Barr closed out the scored in the 80th and final minute of the game when she headed in a corner kick from Post.
"We were very pleased with how they played hard the whole game," Juneau co-coach Sandi Wagner said after Friday's game. "They came out ready to play, and ready to play hard."
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