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Service and South both remain undefeated in CIC boys soccer

  • Author: Joey Carreon
  • Updated: April 16
  • Published April 16

The South Wolverines and Service Cougars boys soccer teams clashed on Tuesday night in a game that resulted in a tie, preserving undefeated Cook Inlet Conference records for both teams.

The teams were scoreless in the first half at Service High, with the Cougars applying offensive pressure and South defending well.

South (6-0-1 overall, 3-0-1 CIC) took a 1-0 lead four minutes into the second half when Alonso Ponce De Leon, the CIC scoring leader with 12 goals, scored on an assist from Blaine McElligott.

“That was the game we expected. It was pretty evenly matched," Service coach Dan Rufner said. " I gotta give it to Alonso, we had him shut down for all but one shot — he’s a great player.”

The Cougars (5-0-2, 3-0-1), whose other tie this season came against Inglemoor High School of Kenmore, Washington, knotted the score with Dipesh Tamang’s goal with 15 minutes left in the match. Airnoy Phonethipsavath assisted.

Neither team managed to score again thanks to a bevy of saves from goalkeepers Juan Ponce de Leon for South and Zion Jung for Service.

“I thought it was a great, fun game," Rufner said. "In some ways I’m OK with the tie because both teams I think are deserving.”

The teams will meet again at South on May 2.

CIC standings through Monday

Boys

South 6-0 overall, 3-0 conference

Service 5-1-0, 3-0

Dimond 2-2, 2-1

West 2-3, 1-2

Eagle River 1-1-1, 0-0

Chugiak 1-1-1, 0-0

Bartlett 0-1-4, 0-2

East 0-1-6, 0-4

Girls

South 5-1-0 overall, 3-0 conference

West 3-0, 2-0

Service 2-1-1, 2-1

Dimond 1-1, 1-1

Chugiak 1-1-1, 0-0

Eagle River 1-2, 0-0

Bartlett 2-3, 0-2

East 0-7, 0-5

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