Eagle River's Kaitlyn Bullock, center, battles Chugiak's Janissa Arzie, left and Alistie Aguilar during the teams' 1-1 draw on April 26 at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium.
STAR PHOTO BY MATT TUNSETH
It wasn't quite kissing your sister but about as close as you can get.
Chugiak and Eagle River fought to a 1-1 draw on April 26 at Huffer Stadium, leaving both teams wanting a bit more.
"I was a little disappointed in our play, especially in the first half," said Chugiak coach Paul Brehmer.
Eagle River stunned the Mustangs with the opening goal when the Wolves' Jackie Klecka found herself unmarked right in front of the net on a Wolves' counterattack. Klecka slammed the ball past Bekah Zellers, finishing Eagle River's only true scoring chance with a flourish.
Chugiak struck back almost immediately, getting the equalizer just one minute later after Morgan Elledge took advantage of a bad clearance by the Eagle River defense to beat Kelsey Reeves at close range.
Things stayed deadlocked the rest of the way, although the Mustangs did make things interesting when Kendra Bulawa's Hail Mary boot from 45 yards out banged off the crossbar in the final seconds.
Wolves coach Lauren Mason said the draw was a decent result, but admitted the Mustangs weren't at full gallop.
"It would be nice to get that against their full team," she said, referring to absent Mustangs forward Kelly Cobb, who was out of state.
Mason said she'd like to see how her team stacks up against a full Chugiak side.
"Maybe in the playoffs," she said.
Chugiak got goals from Sue Fleurant and Kendra Bulawa in the second to pull away from East 3-1 on April 25. Tori Fishburn also scored for the Mustangs.
The Mustangs also picked up a 9-0 win over Bartlett on April 21 and tied West on April 23.
Against Bartlett, Kelly Cobb, Jessi Beverlin and Tristyn Hall each scored twice and Candice Smith, Kendra Bulawa and Sue Fleurant also found the net.
The Mustangs needed some last-minute magic to keep their unbeaten streak alive against West. After falling behind 2-1 late in the game, Chugiak tied things in the 80th minute on a goal by Holly Brehmer. Beverlin also scored in the game.
While the Mustangs have been cruising, the girls from Eagle River have been content to hold their own. The Wolves tied East 2-2 on April 21, then dropped a pair of close games to South side powers, falling 3-1 to Dimond on April 23 and 2-0 to South on April 25.
Christine Bottini scored both goals for the Wolves against East, while Becca Boggs had the lone goal against Dimond.
Wolves coach Lauren Mason said she had hoped for a better result against the Lynx, especially with the Wolves coming off a solid draw.
"It was not our best performance. I thought we were a little lackadaisical," she said.
Against a team like Dimond, she said, a less-than-perfect effort is hard to overcome.
"They're a very high energy team," Mason said.
Contact Matt Tunseth at email@example.com or 694-2727
Girls soccer scores
Eagle River 2, East 2
Chugiak 9, Bartlett 0
Dimond 3, Eagle River 1
Chugiak 2, West 2
South 2, Eagle River 0
Chugiak 3, East 1
Eagle River 1, Chugiak 1
MUSTANGS 1, WOLVES 1
Chugiak 1 0 1
Eagle River 1 0 1
Eagle River Klecka (26th)
Chugiak Elledge (27th)
This article published in The Alaska Star on Thursday, April 28, 2011.