An All-Star Alaska soccer team comprised of eighth grade girls from across the state have won their first match in group play in the Starfire Labor Day Cup in Seattle, Wash., beating the Olympia Galaxy by a score of 2-0.
"We should have scored at least one more goal," coach Dave Veazey said. "I hope it does not come back to hurt us when deciding who advances out of our group to the semifinals".
Two of the 16 players on the team, Meranda Frenzel and Rylee Landen, are from the Juneau area.
"Both Juneau girls were fantastic today, particularly when you consider they are playing up one year in their age group," Veazy said.
The tournament, located at the training facility for the Seattle Sounders MLS team in Tukwila, Wash., gives points for each group-play game based on winning, goal differential and goals allowed. The maximum points a team can attain is 10 points and the All-Alaska team garnered only 9 with the victory.
The Alaska All-Stars went ahead in the first half on a goal by Taryn McCubbins, from Kenai, who streaked down the left side and placed the ball in the side net well out of the reach of the Galaxy goalie.
The game was put away by Sarah Walling-Bell of Fairbanks who headed a ball into the goal on a corner kick. The shutout was made by Fairbanks goalie Mikayla Triplehorn.
The All-Star team plays again today at 10:30 a.m. against the Seattle-based Purple Reign, and again at 8:30 p.m. against the Washington State Glory.
The team is made up of nine players from the Fairbanks-based Eclipse 97 and Eclipse 98 teams, five from the Kenai Riptide and two players that train out of Juneau.