Homer’s Sela Weisser attacks Kenai Central’s Kate Wisnewski and Valerie Villegas in the Peninsula Conference championship game Saturday, May 21, 2022, at Nikiski High School in Nikiski, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Homer’s Sela Weisser attacks Kenai Central’s Kate Wisnewski and Valerie Villegas in the Peninsula Conference championship game Saturday, May 21, 2022, at Nikiski High School in Nikiski, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Area soccer teams ready for state

The Kenai Central boys and girls, Soldotna boys and girls, and Homer girls soccer teams begin play at the Division II state tournament today in Anchorage.

On the girls side, Homer, Kenai Central and Soldotna are all clumped on the same side of the bracket.

Homer, the No. 3 seed at 11-5-2, faces No. 6 Kenai Central (9-5-2) at 11 a.m. at West Anchorage. The Mariners defeated the Kardinals 1-0 and 2-0 in the regular season before the Kardinals notched a 1-0 victory over the Mariners in overtime Saturday in the championship game of the Peninsula Conference tournament.

Soldotna (7-7-2) earned the No. 7 seed as an at-large berth. The Stars play No. 2 Grace Christian at 5 p.m. Thursday at Service. The Stars just lost to the Grizzlies 2-0 on May 14.

On the boys side, Kenai Central and Soldotna are on the same side of the bracket.

The Kardinals, at 9-5-2, are the No. 5 seed after winning the Peninsula Conference championship Saturday. Kenai faces No. 4 Ketchikan at 9 a.m. at Eagle River. Ketchikan and Kenai played to a scoreless tie May 5 at Kenai.

The Stars, the No. 8 seed at 6-7-1 overall, face top-seeded Juneau-Douglas Yadaa.at Kale at 1 p.m. Thursday at West Anchorage. The two teams have not played this season, but share an opponent in Homer. The Mariners lost to the Crimson Bears 9-0, while the Stars beat Homer 3-0, 4-1 and 2-1 in overtime Friday.

Division II state soccer tournament

GIRLS

Thursday’s games

Game 1 — Juneau vs. Houston, 3 p.m. at West

Game 2 — Ketchikan vs. North Pole, 11 a.m. at Eagle River

Game 3 — Homer vs. Kenai, 11 a.m. at West

Game 4 — Grace vs. Soldotna, 5 p.m. at Service

Friday’s games

Game 5 — Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 9 a.m. at Service

Game 6 — Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 loser, 9 a.m. at West

Game 7 — Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 1 p.m. at Service

Game 8 — Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 1 p.m. at West

Saturday’s games

4th/6th place — Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 9:45 a.m. at Eagle River

3rd/5th place — Game 7 loser vs. Game 8 loser, 9:45 a.m. at West

Championship — Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner, 1:30 p.m. at Service

BOYS

Thursday’s games

Game 1 — Juneau vs. Soldotna, 1 p.m. at West

Game 2 — Ketchikan vs. Kenai, 9 a.m. at Eagle River

Game 3 — Thunder Mountain vs. Palmer, 9 a.m. at West

Game 4 — Grace vs. North Pole, 1 p.m. at Eagle River

Friday’s games

Game 5 — Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 11 a.m. at Service

Game 6 — Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 loser, 11 a.m. at West

Game 7 — Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 3 p.m. at Service

Game 8 — Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 3 p.m. at West

Saturday’s games

4th/6th place — Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 8 a.m.

3rd/5th place — Game 7 loser vs. Game 8 loser, 9 a.m.

Championship — Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner, 11:30 a.m.

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