ANCHORAGE - The Juneau-Douglas High School Boys soccer team stole the show at Anchorage Football Stadium on Thursday, routing the defending champion Service Cougars, 7-0.
After finishing second to Service last year, the Crimson Bears - all sporting newly blonde hair - came out with something prove in the Alaska School Activities Association State Soccer Championship quarterfinals.
Juneau seized control in the first half and out-maneuvered the Cougars for five goals.
Service brought pressure early in the game but slowly faded under the Bears' concrete defense.
Forward Jamaal Bailey scored the Bears' first goal in the 13th minute.
"I didn't want the season to end today," Bailey said. "I just came out and gave 110-percent."
Bailey assisted on the next JDHS tally after he passed across the goal-mouth to Colin Flynn for a tap-in goal. Three more goals followed before halftime as junior Kabil Seesan, sophomore Carlo Ebron and freshman Dominic Smith all found the net.
Service had a chance to score in the 38th minute, but a penalty kick sailed over the crossbar to keep the score at 5-0.
The Cougars brought energy to the second half, but nothing could stop the Bears.
Juneau iced the win as senior captain Matt Kern and Levi Wanstall tallied second-half goals.
Bears coach Gary Lehnhart said his side couldn't have done better as a team.
"We played pretty darn well today," Lehnhart said. "We played very unselfish and very fast. We had 18 guys that all played well, not just one breakout player. If we do that again, we'll be in good shape."
Juneau hopes to fare just as well in today's semifinal against South Anchorage at 2 p.m. at Anchorage Football Stadium.
"Our strategy won't change," Lehnhart said. "We play a lot of people, and just try to run people into the ground, so to speak. We will take advantage of the fact that we are very deep, and we did that today."
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