The Juneau-Douglas High School soccer team celebrated Senior Night during pre-game festivities Saturday, then promptly handed the injury-plagued Ketchikan Kings a 13-1 loss.
In the last home game of the season, senior Kevin Gullufson scored two first-half goals and junior Aaron Badilla added two second-half scores as the Crimson Bears offense dominated the Kings in time of possession, rarely allowing the ball over the midfield line.
"Obviously, we were just excited to come out here and play on Senior Night," Gullufson said. "The game went really well and we just clicked tonight."
Senior Dominic Smith kick-started the JDHS scoring in just the third minute of play, but left the game in the 15th minute with a swelling knee injury after a hard collision with Kings' goalie Hans Hubbard. Hubbard remained in the game until halftime, but with limited mobility and success.
"I thought we were doing pretty good up until the collision," Hubbard said. "After that, things started breaking down. I wasn't able to get to the ball fast enough and my jumping and quickness weren't there for us."
With Smith out early, Bears coach Gary Lehnhart moved Zach Farrington into the center midfield position. With Farrington in the middle, the Bears continued pressuring the Kings' defense with coordinated attacks and shots on goal.
In the 18th minute of the game, JDHS jumped all over a breakaway opportunity. Sam Greely dribbled the ball near midfield then delivered a pass up the left field line to a streaking Nathan Ord in the corner. Ord one-touched a cross-field pass that sailed over Hubbard's reach. Gullufson delivered the ball into the far corner of the goal with a header.
Aaron Badilla talked about the execution of the play: "On offense, a lot of the time we are trying to get the ball out to our wings so they can get some crosses in, because we are really strong in that area this year."
Later in the game, Badilla scored one of his goals in similar fashion. A cross from the right side skirted through the outstretched legs of Ketchikan's defenders and found its way to Badilla, who firmly struck the ball left-footed past a diving, second-string goalkeeper.
The Crimson Bears (11-0-2) and the Kings competed for a total of three games over the weekend. The Kings (4-7) were decimated by injuries this season and brought only 14 of their original 28 players.
Friday night's varsity game was similar in style, but the Bears' margin of victory was smaller, at 5-1.
The Bears do not play for several weeks, when they go to Anchorage for the state tournament.
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