CIA coed soccer wins Tri-Valley Tournament

  • By Staff Report
  • Monday, September 8, 2014 11:56pm
  • Sports

The Cook Inlet Academy coed soccer team won the Tri-Valley Tournament for a second-straight year this weekend.

The Eagles started the tournament with a 6-0 victory over Nenana on Friday. Timmy Smithwick and Johnny Smithwick each had a pair of goals, while Connor Leaf and Andrew Hammond also added tallies.

Goalkeeper Brady Hammond, with the help of defenders Noah Leaf, Ashleigh Hammond, Riley Smithwick and Kendra Brush, had his second-straight shutout.

CIA then kept rolling on Friday with a 4-0 victory over Wasilla Lake Christian. Defender Riley Smithwick, in addition to helping secure another shutout, opened up the scoring with a rocket from 30 yards. Timmy Smithwick then had a pair of goals, one assisted by Andrew Hammond, and Noah Leaf scored on a free kick from 35 yards.

The Eagles then opened Saturday with a 12-0 victory over Lumen Christi. Timmy and Johnny Smithwick each had four goals, while Connor Leaf had two and Madison Orth had her second tally of the season. Brady Hammond, who had a great save early in the second half to preserve the shutout, also had a goal in the 78th minute.

CIA coach Kenny Leaf said Lumen Christi, which finished third in the tournament, is actually a solid team, but that CIA is very hard to beat when the Smithwick boys play that way.

The tournament championship was a rematch of the 2013 state championship game, and Saturday CIA topped Delta, which came into the game 3-0, 4-2.

Delta scored first in the 18th minute, as the CIA defense finally allowed a goal. However, CIA quickly answered when Timmy Smithwick found Andrew Hammond for a goal, and the half ended 1-1.

Just five minutes into the second half, Delta scored for a 2-1 lead. Connor Leaf tied the game in the 12th minute of the second half, then Timmy Smithwick and Andrew Hammond followed with goals to salt away the victory.

This weekend the Eagles will take to the road again to play Delta, Nenana and Tri-Valley.

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