Service girls top West Valley
The Service girls' soccer team took another step in the right direction in its pursuit of a third straight state title by dropping West Valley 5-1 Friday afternoon at Adair-Kennedy Field.
The top-seeded Cougars' second-round victory in the ASAA/First National Bank 2010 State Soccer Championships continued another team streak. Service has now gone 43 consecutive matches without losing.
Up 2-1 with less than 20 minutes remaining in the game, Anna Cartwright set off a scoring spree with her second goal of the day to make the score 3-1 in the 62nd minute. Yvonne DesJarlais added a goal in the 75th minute, and Rachel Juliussen capped the scoring with a goal of her own in the 78th minute.
Cougars coach Mark Cascolan said although they were holding a slight lead most of the match, he felt his girls played well, especially in the final 20 minutes.
"I thought at times we did really well. As long as we keep the ball at our feet and are able to possess it and move it around, I think we're absolutely brilliant," he said. "The moment we start playing boot ball and trying to chase the ball in the air, that's a disadvantage to us."
After a 7-0 win Thursday afternoon, Service has now scored 12 goals in its first two games of the tournament against Colony and West Valley, respectively.
Cartwright scored the first goal of the game, and her first of two, in the first five minutes, and Taylor Bomar quickly followed with a goal in the 17th minute.
Things looked to be in control for the Cougars as they were up 2-0 within the first 20 minutes, but West Valley freshman forward Madison Ackiss put one in the net during the 24th minute to give the Wolfpack hope.
But it was not to be as Service held on and eventually blew the game open in the final minutes.
In Saturday's final, the Cougars will face the sixth-seeded Dimond Lynx, who pulled out a 1-0 win against the No. 2 Crimson Bears on Friday afternoon.
Dimond boys advance
The No. 5 seed Dimond Lynx boys' soccer team came into Friday's semifinal of the ASAA/First National Bank 2010 State Soccer Championships with an upset on its mind, and after taking out the No. 1 seed South Anchorage Cougars, they'll have that opportunity.
The Lynx posted an impressive 2-0 victory over the favored Cougars in a game they controlled from the start.
In the 54th minute, forward Sam Berdahl found a pass from forward Brock Crowe in the box and sent the ball into the net for the game's final score. South seemed out of the game from that point on as the Lynx maintained intensity throughout the match.
Dimond coach John Oliver said his team played exactly like he hoped it would
"I have 22 guys that worked hard all season, and it was a goal for them to win," he said. "I'm just proud. They worked hard and they got it done, hopefully playing really good, attractive soccer.
"That's been our goal all season - not necessarily to win, but to play the game the right way. And we did that today."
Dimond opened the scoring in the 28th minute as Kyle Lee punched the ball in for a goal on an assist off the head of Ebrima Barrow to make the score 1-0.
"We felt confident. We performed well against them all year, we just didn't necessarily get a goal," Oliver said. "But they're a strong side, they're always going to come. They're well-coached and they're very well organized."
But Dimond got the goals it needed to earn a spot in Saturday's final against Juneau-Douglas. The victory over the Lynx avenged its only regular-season loss, which came at the hands of the Cougars.
"We've been consistent all year, and we've played well. I've got a lot of depth and I had to use everybody today," Oliver said. "But we're playing two good sides and we haven't faced either (JDHS or Colony) yet this year, so I'm looking forward to it."
On the other hand, the Cougars failed in their defense of the 2009 state title with the loss. But coach Michael Montgomery said it's difficult having to play the second-best team from Anchorage after the state tournament format was changed to award the top four seeds to each region champion.
"The cool thing is that both teams played hard and showed great sportsmanship," he said. "It's tough, especially because we never want to meet the No. 2 team out of Anchorage.
"Our biased opinion is this was the championship game. If I'm Colony or Juneau(-Douglas), I'm pretty happy," he continued. "We beat every team out of conference that we played this year. This is the only loss we've had this year and it came in the semis, but you expect that to be in the finals."
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