Daily Sitka Sentinel

SHS Soccer Loses Pair of Games to Juneau

    The Sitka High Wolves soccer team opened the 2012 conference season with a pair of losses to Juneau-Douglas over the weekend.
    The Crimson Bears, winners of the last two state titles and three of the last four, beat Sitka 5-0 Friday at Moller Field and took a 4-0 win Saturday to close out the sweep.


     Most of the action Friday was played in Juneau’s half of the field as the Crimson Bears attacked the Sitka defense and peppered SHS goalie Logan Martinsen with shots. The Sitka senior, a returning starter from the 2011 team, was solid in net as he kept the score respectable with a series of tough saves.
    Sitka was behind 2-0 at the half and an own goal  by the Wolves early in the second frame put Juneau up 3-0.
    With 37:45 to go in the second half, the Crimson Bears put the ball into the box on a corner kick and it deflected into the goal off a Sitka defender. Juneau scored again about a minute later to go up 4-0.
    Sitka’s best scoring chance came with about 10:25 to play in the game. After a nice save by Martinsen, Hunter Ramp played a long ball ahead to Zephyr Feryok, who drove the ball down the far sideline.
    Feryok found Jonathan Hazel in the box, but the Sitka forward’s shot was just wide.
    Juneau, after missing a penalty shot off the crossbar, answered with a late goal that made it 5-0.
    SHS assistant coach David Adams said the Wolves played a good game defensively Saturday. Juneau was up 2-0 late in the game, when Adams took Martinsen out of goal in an effort to generate some offense. The Crimson Bears responded with two late goals to seal a weekend sweep of the Wolves. Adams said the Wolves played much better Saturday.
    “I was really happy with the improvement, even though it wasn’t reflected in the score” Adams said.
    Adams said the Wolves had some good offensive chances in Saturday’s game and did a good job holding down the JDHS offense.
    This is the third year of competitive soccer at SHS, and Adams thinks the Wolves are slowly and steadily catching up to Juneau.
    “We held our own,” Adams said. “It definitely shows improvement on our part.”
    The Wolves will host Ketchikan for two conference games later this week. The Kings beat the Thunder Mountain Falcons 4-0 Friday night and the teams tied 1-1 Saturday, the Ketchikan Daily News reported.
    Having put up a respectable showing against Juneau, Adams said the Wolves “should have some really good, competitive games” against Kayhi.
    “We’d love to get some wins out of this weekend,”  he said.
    The varsity games against Kayhi will be at 6 p.m. Thursday and 2:45 p.m. Friday.
    On Thursday, there will a girls “club” game at 4 p.m.
    On Friday, there will be co-ed junior varsity game at 4:30 p.m. and a girls “club” game at 6:15 p.m.
    There is also a co-ed junior varsity game scheduled for noon Saturday. All games will be played at Moller Field.
    Sitka does not field an official girls soccer team, but there are several girls on the SHS roster this season. Emma Bruhl and Sarah Rasmussen-Rehkopf both saw varsity minutes in Friday’s game against Juneau.
    Kayhi plans to bring some female soccer players here later this week for the unofficial “club” games.

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