It's been nearly a month of tuneup time for the Crimson Bears girls' soccer team as it prepares for the first high school state tournament in Juneau since the mid-'80s.
As expected, Juneau-Douglas won two games in Ketchikan on Friday and Saturday by a score of 5-0 and 8-0, respectively. They haven't allowed a goal since a 1-0 loss at the hands of South Anchorage on May 1.
Junior Sarah Tarver was once again a factor up top for her team as she netted four goals and two assists over the two-game series. Senior Annika Ord accounted for two goals while assisting on four others.
Bears coach Matt Dusenberry said last weekend was a success as his team readies itself for the upcoming weekend against the best competition in the state.
"It was a great weekend. We were able to work on some things and prepare ourselves for the tournament," he said.
The Bears girls' team will scrimmage the JDHS boys' team at 5 p.m. today. Dusenberry said he is looking to expose the team to a more challenging match before they play Wasilla Thursday evening.
"I think we're ready, but we're definitely going to work hard this week," he said. "I'm guilty of it, too, but sometimes we get too wrapped up in the seedings and who we play. In the end, if you want to win it, you have to win three games and it doesn't matter who you play."
But as the No. 2 seed, Dusenberry said it feels good to be rewarded for a successful regular season.
"It's certainly nice getting the No. 2 seed based on the reflection of how your season went," he said. "Hopefully we can continue to build on that success."
As for the state tournament being in Juneau this year, Dusenberry said it will be an interesting experience playing host for the first time.
"It'll be a new thing for both (boys' coach) Gary (Lehnhart) and me. We usually fly up a day early and do the hotel thing, and kids haven't been at school because they're out of town," he said. "We get to experience what everyone else in Anchorage typically gets with the state tournament. We get to stay home this time."
The battle for the state title begins Thursday at Adair-Kennedy Field.
Read the Juneau Empire this week for more stories leading up to the state tournament for both Juneau-Douglas soccer teams.