The Cook Inlet Academy coed soccer team fell in a 1-0 loss to Birchwood Christian on Saturday in Chugiak. The Eagles lost one day after a scheduled game against Lumen Christi was canceled due to wildfire smoke conditions.
CIA head coach Kenny Leaf said that the Eagles dominated possession but struggled to find the back of the net against Birchwood. The lone goal of the game came on a “defensive mistake” in the 37th minute, and the result held through to the end.
Leaf said CIA kept up the second half pressure with shots from Linneah Doshe, Lucas Cragg, Noah Castenholz and Isaac Johnson, but the Eagles failed to crack the Birchwood defense.
After Jackson Cross started in goal for CIA, Jared Vyhmeister kept a clean sheet in goal for the second half.
The loss dropped the Eagles to 0-1-1 on the season, with upcoming home games against Holy Rosary Academy and Delta Junction on the schedule.