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The Crimson Bears boys JV squad saw more action than usual at the varsity level this weekend against Sitka, and once again they didn't disappoint on the field.
One night after the soccer team's 4-1 victory against the Wolves at Adair-Kennedy Field, the Crimson Bears (16-1-3) stormed to an 11-0 shutout Saturday afternoon.
Juneau-Douglas put this one away early to leave no doubt about the outcome of the game. Sophomore Adam Soto got the scoring started with a shot off the post that went in, and it only got better from there for the Bears as they took a 7-0 lead into halftime.
"It's good, once again, to get the young guys some experience with the varsity, and today was a good effort because yesterday we struggled," said Bears coach Luke Adams. "Today we came back and we did what we knew we could do.
"Those Sitka kids never quit and they were good sports about it."
Sophomore Jacob Sanders, who scored two goals in two days, said the team responded well to Friday's close match.
"We passed a lot better today, and we were superior in that," Sanders said. "We tried to limit ourselves to one of two touches, we split and crossed really well, and we had a lot of guys score, not just one or two dominating the goals.
"We know these games are important, and it's good to get a feel of what it's like at the varsity level."
Adams also felt the team played better on the offensive end during Saturday's game.
"Today we finished better, (and) we were keeping the speed of the game up," Adams said. "We had people shooting a little more liberally because we want our kids to find the back of the net from different places instead of always right in front of the net."
Following Soto's opening goal, sophomore Colin Zheng scored on a header in the 12th minute to make the score 2-0, and scored again with a left-footed strike only eight minutes later. In between the two Zheng goals, sophomore Kaden Phillips chipped in a goal, and the score after 20 minutes was 4-0 in favor of JDHS.
In the 30th minute, Heston Allred knocked a shot off the left post and in, and following a goal from Sitka, Alan Portillo rounded out the scoring in the first half.
Sophomore Hunter Kirkpatrick and Sanders got in on the scoring within the first 20 minutes of the second half, and freshman Mark Heifetz and junior Taylor Lehnhart finished the scoring for the Crimson Bears.
Bears roll on senior night
The Juneau-Douglas girls' soccer team gave the parents in the stands something to remember on senior night, scorching the young Thunder Mountain squad with a 13-0 win.
Prior to the game, the 10 Crimson Bears seniors were honored, along with their parents, by their junior teammates who presented them with gifts.
Seniors were given the start regardless of position, and even Kristen Dierick, who generally starts in goal, scored her first goal of the season.
"It was a really great night. The juniors were absolutely amazing and made it really fun. It's exciting," said senior captain Annika Ord. "I thought we played really well today. We moved the ball well and we had fun, which was good."
As for the team going forward, Ord said she feels everyone will be ready to play well if they are able to stay focused.
"We're all really close, so that's great from the team aspect," she said. "I think everyone's really excited to move forward. We've really been working on possession, and we just have to work on keeping 100 percent the whole game."
Juneau-Douglas (12-4-1) was once again able to get the scoring started early on in the game as junior forward Sarah Tarver scored the first goal of the game within two minutes, and the floodgates opened from there.
By halftime, the score was 6-0, and the Bears had it on cruise control.
Coach Matt Dusenberry said the seniors on the team have been leaders all season, and he looks to them to continue to lead as the state tournament approaches.
"I think they've been able to set the tone for what we want to accomplish this year," he said. "It's their last season, so they certainly want to give themselves an opportunity to be successful this year."
Thunder Mountain coaches Moctar Diouf and Kris Coffee said this season was definitely a learning experience, but they look forward to the program moving forward. The Falcons are winless on the season.
"It's a tough loss and they didn't play their best," Coffee said. "But overall, we have to look at the big picture of things, and they have gotten better and improved. I'm very excited to see if they can commit themselves and be even better next season.
"I'm proud of our girls because they've come a long way in 10 weeks."
"From the first day of practice to where we are now, I think it's a totally different team," Diouf said. "We hope to get some more players to help the program, but we also want to work with the players we already have in the offseason to get ready for next year."
Early in the game, Ord continued the scoring for the Bears in the eighth minute to make the score 2-0, and within the next 25 minutes, JDHS scored four more goals on the strength of goals from junior Daffodil Alinson, Dierick, junior Melissa Skan and sophomore Solana Ashe.
In the second half, Ord and Tarver got on the board once again in the 50th and 51st minutes, respectively, and Alinson followed a goal by junior Dorothy Brent with another of her own.
Junior Aubrey Briscoe, Skan and sophomore Marlena Sloss capped the scoring for the Bears.
Ord finished the day with two goals and three assists.