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Two Juneau Soccer Club teams won their openers and another tied its first opponent Wednesday at the 2001 Alaska State Cup in Anchorage. Two other Juneau teams play their first round-robin pool-play tournament games today.
Juneau Quicksilver, a U15 girls team, claimed a 3-1 victory over Northern Lights Soccer Club of Anchorage. Juneau's Laura Flynn scored the game's first goal on a ball that moved to Flynn from fullback Erin Cottingham through midfielders Theresa Badilla and Marita Rodriguez. Jessy Post scored Juneau's second goal from 20 yards out. Northern Lights made it 2-1 on a breakaway, but Post added an insurance goal for the final margin. The Quicksilver coaches also credited defenders Monica Daugherty, Lynn Metcalfe and Alicia Owens with keeping the pressure off goalkeeper Jordon Cottingham.
The Juneau XtraTufs, a U12 girls team, also defeated Northern Lights, but by a 3-2 score. Margaret Sekona and Isabel Waldman scored the three XtraTufs goals. Michaela Goade, Clarissa Suson and Jenna Rutecki were strong on defense, and Kayla Walton was strong on offense and defense the team coaches said.
The only other Juneau team to see action on the first day of the tournament was the Titans, a U13 girls team that tied Alaska United of Anchorage 4-4. The Titans trailed three times in the game, but rallied to tie the game on goals from Audrey Wagner, Talisa Rhea, Kayla Harmon and Sarah Cohen. Keri Williamson played goalkeeper, while Kiana Frick, Stephanie Hinkle, Brittany Lehnhart and Jessica Waste were strong on defense.
The other two Juneau teams at the tournament are the Jaguars (U12 boys) and the RipTide (U13 boys). They both open play today.