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Story Last modified at 12:07 a.m. on Thursday, April 28, 2011

Mustangs crush Wolves to claim coveted trophy

BY MATT TUNSETH
Alaska Star

Chugiak bowled over Eagle River on April 26 with a 6-1 win at Huffer Stadium.

The Mustangs got a hat trick from Pat Mullett and two goals from Brad Fussner to claim the soccer version of the "Birchwood Bowl," the traveling trophy that goes to the winner of the final regular season game between the two teams.

"It's all about the Birchwood Bowl," said Mullett, who scored once in the first half and added a pair of goals in the second for his first high school hat trick.

Chugiak's players stormed the field and took pictures with the trophy following the game, hoisting the wooden trophy aloft for the small crowd who braved the rain to see.

Chugiak improved to 7-2-1 with the win, while Eagle River dropped to 1-9-1.

Zach Reinbold scored the lone goal for Eagle River when he put home the rebound when Bombeck's free kick bounced off Chugiak keeper Clayton Bush.

Eagle River coach Luke Almon said he wasn't concerned with the lopsided score considering the Wolves had just played their third top-tier Cook Inlet Conference team in four days.

"It's obviously not what I wanted, but I'm not really upset," said Almon, whose team also played without key midfielder Eric Mora. "I don't think that would have happened if we were fresh."

Mullett said Chugiak's goal was to come out fired up and never let off the gas.

"We knew we had to just bring it to 'em," he said.

Walking off the field as the rival Mustangs celebrated with the trophy, Eagle River's Jens Bombeck promised the bowl won't reside at Chugiak long.

"We'll be back," Bombeck said.

MUSTANGS 6, WOLVES 1

Chugiak 3 3 – 6

Eagle River 0 1 – 1

Chu – Mullett (5th), Fussner (20th), Fussner (26th), Topf (48th), Mullett (51st), Mullett (54th)

ER – Reinbold (78th)

Cards – ER, Ramey (yellow)



This article published in The Alaska Star on Thursday, April 28, 2011.