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Sports Briefs

SOCCER

Eagle River girls make frustration work

Eagle River High School's girls soccer team had a near-perfect week, defensively. The team tied Service High 1-1 Monday night at home.

"We had just really one defensive mistake and they made us pay for it," said coach Lauren Mason.

Eagle River scored a goal in the second half to tie. Service may have been better technically, but the Wolves played more defense, Mason said.

"We're a pretty frustrating team to play," she said. She also credited the team's goalkeeper, Kelsey Reeves.

In games earlier this past week, the team blanked Grace Christian at home 4-0 on May 3. Then on May 6 the team beat Bartlett 3-0 and tied East 0-0 the next day.

Chugiak girls run the gamut with steady play

Stacking four games into a weeklong period, the Chugiak girls soccer team managed a win among some solid play, said coach Paul Brehmer on Monday. The girls started their packed schedule with a 0-1 loss to Dimond on May 3, followed by a hard-fought 1-1 tie with Service on May 4. Service scored about 8 minutes into the game, and the Mustangs answered with their own goal 10 minutes later. But the second half was a back-and-forth volley with no finish in sight.

"I think we probably had a little bit of advantage possession wise, but the girls were a little disappointed they didn't have a game-winning goal," Brehmer said.

Those games were followed on May 5 with a 2-1 win over Juneau, with first Juneau scoring at 4 minutes, followed at 7 minutes by a Sue Fleurant kick.

"Then Kendra Bulawa scored a goal on a long shot in the second half for the game winner," Brehmer said.

With just one day of rest, the girls came back May 7 with a tough 1-4 loss to the undefeated South High squad.

"We played pretty evenly the first half," Brehmer said. "Kelly Cobb scored a goal in the first half at 23 minutes, and then South scored a few minutes later."

About halfway through the second half, though, South scored a goal and took the lead. Brehmer said he switched up the play with about five minutes left in the game – "it's a risk you have to take" – to see if it would knock South off kilter. Instead, they answered with two more goals and a solid win.

Brehmer said the girls get a much-needed schedule break and don't play again until Saturday, when they face Service in their last game of the regular season.

Eagle River boys have uneven week

The Eagle River High School boys soccer team won a few and lost a few over the past week. The Wolves suffered what coach Luke Almon called "a disappointing loss" to Grace Christian on May 3 with a 2-0 defeat. The team started the game with momentum but didn't maintain focus, Almon said. But a 6-2 win against Bartlett on May 6, with the full team eligible to play, redeemed disappointing play in an earlier matchup with the Golden Bears, he said. The team suffered a loss to East at Anchorage on May 7, however. The small field at Anchorage compromised the Wolves' strategy of playing the width of the field, Almon said.

A 1-1 tie against Service on Monday was "a good result" considering the talent and coaching of the Service squad, he said, but the game was plagued by what Almon called bad officiating.

Chugiak boys beat Juneau with attitude

The Chugiak's boys soccer team played the best game of their season in a 1-0 win over Juneau-Douglas last week, their coach said.

The team played with "just absolute determination" in the May 5 victory at home, coach George Campnell said. "They had a competitive attitude from the first whistle to the end."

Unfortunately, that attitude didn't last. The Mustang squad gave a lackluster performance in a 2-0 loss to South on May 7, Campnell said.

"But they learned from that one," he said. "It's a long season, it's tough to be on so much with very few days rest."

In an earlier game, Chugiak tied Service 3-3 on May 4.

SOFTBALL

Chugiak scores big, Wolves MIA

The Chugiak High softball team capped a week of mostly lopsided wins with a rare achievement against a tough competitor. Pitcher Jessica Tramp threw a no-hitter in the team's 2-1 victory over East in a double-header May 7. The team lost to East in its first game of the season, so they appreciated the win in Cook Inlet Conference play that much more, said coach Jim Huber.

The team lost the second game of the double-header to West 9-3. East and West look to be Chugiak's main competition this season.

"It's a pretty close race," Huber said.

On Monday night, the team trounced Service 12-0. This time, Tramp and Ashley Van Ryn combined to pitch a four-hitter, Huber said. The team's offense didn't do too poorly either, he said.

"I had a lot of people that hit really well this game," he said.

Earlier in the week, the Mustangs squad handily beat Colony 19-5 and Wasilla 22-0 in a double-header May 3 in the Mat-Su. They trounced Wendler 21-0 on May 6. Yes, Huber noted, those do sound more like football scores than softball. He put in his JV pitchers against Wasilla and Bartlett.

With their coach out of town, little information was available this week about the Eagle River softball squad beyond scores. The team played a good game against South on May 6 but lost 7-4, coach Kevin Murphy said. The team also lost to Homer that day, 11-1. Results for a May 7 game against Dimond and a May 9 contest with Bartlett were not available.



This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, May 11, 2011.