Crimson Bears Soccer Girls Break Records, Sweep Ketchikan

    JDHS senior Sandra Lamas scores her first career varsity goal against Ketchikan on Thursday at TMHS Field. (Klas Stolpe)

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - One player had a goal to score a goal, another has a goal to to set up others to score, together they made history.

      The Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé Crimson Bears girls soccer defeated the Ketchikan Lady Kings for the second night in a row on Thursday by the exact score of 17-0.

      “I don’t know if we did anything differently,” Juneau-Douglas coach Matt Dusenberry said. “I think we recognized yesterday’s game and moved forward to trying a few new things, moving the ball and swinging it along the back a bit. And taking shots when we had them instead of taking it in.”

      Of the 17 scores both nights, the loudest cheer came in the second half of Thursday’s match when senior Sandra Lamas battled for a pass center of the opposing keeper’s box and put a zesty kick into the back of the net.

      “That was my first goal ever in playing soccer,” Lamas said. “And it was my first time playing on varsity. I came in here with a goal to get a goal. It felt really good and the rest of my team cheering me on the whole time. They are amazing, it is honestly what keeps me playing the game and loving it. I appreciate the team a lot as well as the coach.”

      The second loudest cheer of the weekend came after Thursday’s match when JDHS coach Matt Dusenberry awarded senior Taylor Bentley with the “Hard Hat” award, noting that she had set the all-time Crimson Bears assist record of 31, breaking the number set by, arguably, one of Alaska’s best players, former JDHS grad Malia Miller. Miller had set the old record in 2019 by topping Margaret Sekona (28).

      “I definitely enjoy passing more than just taking it for myself,” Bentley said. “I just like contributing to the team.”

      Bentley dribbled down the right side of the pitch and touched the record tying assist across to the center middle of the box for freshman Cadence Plummer who tipped the ball in at the 14:35 mark of the second half.

      Bentley dribbled along the wing and touched her record breaking assist, and fourth of the game, to junior Kyla Bentz who crossed a defender and hit from 15 yards for the game’s final goal at 35:54.

      “She can shoot when she needs to,” Dusenberry said of Bentley. “But she has always been kind of a player that likes to reward the runs and put them into space or those type of situations. I think she gets more out of it by helping her teammates put it in the back of the net, more so than doing it for herself.”

      Bentley also scored three goals, along with juniors Blake Plummer and Kyla Bentz. Senior Jasmin Holst, junior Ella Goldstein and freshman Cadence Plummer had two goals each; senior Tatum Hines and Lamas one goal. Bentz and C. Plummer had two assists; Senior Sophie Thibodeau, Goldstein, B. Plummer and Lamas one each.

      Junior Maile Quigley was noted for her energetic play throughout the two-game series and credited by coach Dusenberry as invaluable on the pitch.

    “I just try to put in hard work,” Quigley said. “Just be there for my team and have fun. I haven’t played a game in three years and just glad to be here and have such a strong supporting team. Just being back on the field is great. It has been a while and it is just good to be out here and learning, always learning, on what to do and where to be. My teammates help me. Just always putting in hard work even if I am tired just keep sprinting.”

      First half scoring featured Bentley dribbling around the keeper to touch the ball into the net at the 4:07 mark;

    junior Blake Plummer took a pass from Bentley and put a long looping boot over the keepers head from 30 yards out at 10:25; Bentley blasted a shot from 30 yards straight out from the keeper at 14:23; senior Jasmin Holst took a pass from junior Kyla Bentz and hit from 20 yards off center right of the box at 21:18; Bentz scored at 22:15 on a pass from B. Plummer who dribbled in to the post and passed across the goal mouth; Bentz dribbled on a breakaway and hit from 15 yards at 23:55; Bentley received a touch from junior Ella Goldstein and booted a shot from 20 yards out from the center box at 25:28; and B. Plummer settled a pass from Bentz and blasted a curving shot from 15 yards out that struck the post and nestled into the net.

      In the second half Goldstein played the ball up field and knocked a shot through the keepers hands at 1:10; senior Tatum Hines received a pass from freshman Cadence Plummer down the center and attacked the keeper at 5:03;

    Holst took a touch from Bentley and started an attack from 15 yards out and booted a shot past the keeper at 10:30;

    C. Plummer from Bentley at 14:35;  B. Plummer took a touch from C. Plummer and rocketed a shot from 20 yards out at 17:51; C. Plummer was assisted by Lamas and attacked the keeper on the edge of the box for a score at 18:54; Lamas received a pass from senior Sophie Thibodeau and moved the ball at 10 yards center of the box and scored at 25:34; Goldstein hit unassisted from 35 yards straight out from the box at 30:25; and Bentz from Bentley on the wing at 35:54.

      The Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears will play on Saturday at the Thunder Mountain Falcons. Varsity game time is 5:15 p.m. with JV action following. Both Juneau schools have beaten Ketchikan twice this season by identical scores each time. The Lady Falcons won 7-0 twice at Ketchikan and the Crimson Bears hosted the Lady Kings for two 17-0 wins.

      The top two Division II teams from the three-team Southeast Region V will travel to the state tournament on May 27-29. The Division I and II state tournament is to be held at Eagle River, Service and West Anchorage high schools.

    JDHS senior Taylor Bentley sets up a teammate during Thursday night soccer action against Ketchikan. (Klas Stolpe)

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