CIA soccer keeps undefeated season alive

  • By Staff Report
  • Thursday, September 18, 2014 11:44pm
  • Sports

The Cook Inlet Academy coed soccer team routed Borealis Conference opponent Tri-Valley with a 9-1 win Thursday evening at the Kenai Sports Complex fields in north Kenai.

One year after a perfect 21-win season, CIA continued its winning ways with the help of the three Smithwick brothers.

Timmy, a junior, led the attack with four goals, coming in the 12th, 17th, 61st and 64th minutes of the game. Riley, a senior defenseman, had a second-half goal in the 67th minute, and Johnny, a freshman, added a goal in the 20th minute.

“I guess the Smithwick brothers showed up,” said CIA coach Kenny Leaf. “It was good to see Riley get one because he doesn’t score a lot, but he’s one of the anchors on our defense.”

Connor Leaf scored twice in the 28th and 75th minutes, and senior Madison Orth added a penalty kick strike in the 38th minute.

Tri-Valley’s Ethan Graham scored five minutes into the second half to ruin the shutout in goal for CIA goaltender Brady Hammond. Freshman John Grossl also got time in the net for CIA.

The win boosts CIA’s season record to 9-0, which the Eagles will take into today’s match with Borealis Conference foe Delta Junction, 4 p.m. at the Kenai fields. Earlier in the season, CIA beat Delta 2-1, and the two teams faced each other in last year’s conference final, a match that CIA won 3-2.

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