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Division II soccer repeat: Kenai boys win in OT, Juneau girls cruise

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: May 25
  • Published May 25

The Kenai Central boys and the Juneau girls extended their reigns as Alaska’s Division II soccer champions on Saturday.

Kenai used a sudden-death goal by Leif Lofquist to beat Juneau 3-2 in a thriller at Service High. The Kardinals sent the game into overtime in an unlikely fashion when goalkeeper Braedon Pitsch ventured away from the net and delivered a game-tying goal.

The Juneau girls were in no need of such dramatics in their 5-1 championship-match romp over Soldotna.

This year marked the second for the Division II state tournament — before last year, all of Alaska’s soccer teams competed in a single classification.

The boys championship match was a replay of last year’s title tilt, in which Kenai Central blanked Juneau 3-0. The Juneau girls got their first title a year ago by shutting out Grace Christian, 3-0.

In Saturday’s third-place games, the Ketchikan boys defeated Thunder Mountain 5-3 and the Thunder Mountain girls stopped Kenai 3-1.

The Homer Mariners posted wins in both of Saturday’s fourth-place games, with the girls nipping North Pole 3-2 and the boys fending off Monroe 1-0.

ASAA/First National Bank state soccer championships

Division II boys

Saturday’s results

Championship – Kenai Central 3, Juneau 2 (OT)

Third place – Ketchikan 5, Thunder Mountain 3

Fourth place – Homer 1, Monroe 0

Friday’s results

Juneau 1, Thunder Mountain 0 (semifinal)

Kenai Central 2, Ketchikan 0 (semifinal)

Monroe 3, Palmer 1 (loser out)

Homer 2, Grace Christian 1 (loser out)

All-tournament team

Damien Reebler, Kenai Central

Leif Lofquist, Kenai Central

Kanon Goetz, Juneau-Douglas

Jackson Norberg, Juneau-Douglas

Brayden Linne, Ketchikan

Eyoab Knapp, Homer

Jacob Babcock, Thunder Mountain

Apollo Jasper, Ketchikan

Nathan Walsh, Monroe Catholic

Jacob Goldstein, Juneau-Douglas

Braedon Pitsch, Kenai Central

Paul Kopp, Grace Christian

Division II girls

Saturday’s results

Championship Juneau 5, Soldotna 1

Third place – Thunder Mountain 3, Kenai 1

Fourth place – Homer 3, North Pole 2

Friday’s results

Juneau 5, Kenai Central 0 (semifinal)

Soldotna 3, Thunder Mountain 1 (semifinal)

North Pole 2, Kodiak 0 (loser out)

Homer 4, Palmer 0 (loser out)

All-tournament team

Shaylin Cesar, Juneau-Douglas

Malia Miller, Juneau-Douglas

Taylor Bentley, Juneau-Douglas

Meijan Leaf, Soldotna

Ryann Cannava, Soldotna

Keann Villanueva, Thunder Mountain

Kapitolina Reutor, Homer

Alissa Maw, Kenai Central

Breeauna O'Rear, North Pole

Elizabeth Knapp, Thunder Mountain

Bethany Morris, Kenai Central

Eva Goering, Juneau-Douglas

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