CIA soccer finishes 0-3 at Tri-Valley Kickoff Tourney

CIA soccer finishes 0-3 at Tri-Valley Kickoff Tourney

The Cook Inlet Academy coed soccer team finished 0-3 at the Tri-Valley Kickoff Tournament on Thursday and Friday to fall to 0-5-1 on the season.

Thursday, CIA opened up the tournament with a 2-0 loss to defending Borealis Conference champions Susitna Valley. The defeat saw the Eagles continue to do well possessing the ball, but also continue to struggle scoring goals.

In the first half, the Rams won five corner kicks and forced CIA keeper Jackson Cross to make five saves. But defenders Landon Vyhmeister, Genna Nelson, Eddie Erickson and Evelyn Jackson kept the Rams off the board. CIA coach Kenny Leaf said midfielders Isaac Johnson, Caden Warren, Annika Castenholz and Lucas Cragg also were able to create opportunities in the attacking third.

In the seventh and ninth minutes of the second half, Myka Wilson and Dalton Pinard scored to determine the game and drop CIA from championship contention.

Leaf said the Eagles played their best soccer of the season in falling to Su Valley. CIA then struggled in falling to Birchwood Christian 6-0 on Friday and Lumen Christi 4-1 on Friday. Birchwood Christian had three goals in the first half and three goals in the second half. Bradon Palmer had four of the goals for the Warriors.

Lumen went up 2-0 with goals in the 13th and 17th minutes, then Johnson scored on a solo effort in the penalty area for the Eagles. Leaf said it was one of the few bright spots in the game. The goal was the second of the year for the Eagles. In the first and third minutes of the second half, Lumen took control of the game again with goals.

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