The sixth-ranked Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer team upset third-ranked Kenai Central 2-0 late Thursday night in their opening game of the State Soccer Championships in Anchorage, pushing them into a 4 p.m. semifinal matchup against a short-handed and second-ranked Chugiak squad today.
Three Thursday games at the Soccer State Championships stayed tied past the 10-minute overtime halves and the five-minute sudden death overtime periods and into shootouts before being decided. As a result, the JDHS-Kenai game did not end until after 10 p.m., despite ending in regulation time.
The Crimson Bears scored both of their goals before half-time. Solona Ashe opened the scoring 18 minutes in, kicking in an assist that was headed through to her from sophomore forward Sarah Tarver.
Emily Johnson's corner kick was headed in by senior Wendy Calderwood two minutes later to provide the final margin.
"In the first half we were moving the ball quite well," JDHS head coach Matt Dusenberry said. "Our gas was a little better than theirs and they were struggling to keep up. They had to start subbing pretty quick."
Dusenberry was skeptical about his team's lead at half, saying that a 2-0 margin often makes teams relax. He was satisfied with the effort after the half, though, and said his girls closed out the game effectively.
Calderwood was named the Player of the Game.
Chugiak will be playing without two elite players who are missing the state tournament due to their national-team obligations.
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