CIA soccer remains undefeated in Borealis Conference play

The Cook Inlet Academy coed soccer team went 3-0 on a weekend road trip to move to 6-0 overall and in the Borealis Conference.

CIA started the trip Thursday by traveling to Healy and defeating Tri-Valley 4-1, with Hunter Moos notching a hat trick for the third consecutive game.

The game was played in rainy and windy conditions, which helped Tri-Valley in the first half. But it was Moos, on a pass from James Anderson, scoring in the sixth minute.

In the 18th minute, Warriors goalkeeper Sebastian Eavy denied Moos on a breakaway and fired up his side. In the 22nd minute, Dalton Randall scored from 25 yards to even the game.

The second half belonged to CIA. Sophie Nelson started the half by beating her defenders and putting a shot on net, with Moos putting in the rebound. Only minutes later, Jiabao Leaf found Moos with a long ball for a 3-1 lead and another hat trick. In the 64th minute, Adara Warren finished the scoring with her first league goal of the season.

Goalkeeper Lucas Cragg kept the Warriors off the board in the second half.

Friday, CIA coach Kenny Leaf wrote in an email that his squad was glad Nenana was nice enough to come to Healy to take on the Eagles. Cook Inlet was able to secure a 10-3 victory with Cobe Young notching a hat trick.

Sophie Nelson, assisted by Moos, got the scoring started in the first minute, then Nenana had an own goal on a Moos cross for a 2-0 game just six minutes in.

In the 11th minute, Sophie Nelson scored on another assist from Moos, while the 19th minute saw Addie Nelson score on a Moos helper. Moos had a four-game goal streak end, but it came in a game where he had four assists.

By the 25th minute, CIA was up 6-0 when Adara Warren scored unassisted and Annika Castenholz scored on an assist from Jamie Hyatt.

Leaf said he has a roster of 27 players, and the game was a good chance to get some other players playing time.

Nenana did score twice before the end of the half to make it 6-2.

The second half quickly became the Young show when he scored in the 43rd, 45th and 50th minutes for a 9-2 lead. One of the goals was assisted by Alex Van de Grift.

“Cobe has been playing very well for us,” Leaf wrote in an email. “It was very exciting to see him find the back of the net today.”

In the 55th minute, Castenholz punctuated the victory when she scored on a full volley off a corner kick by Sophie Nelson.

“Annika continues to surprise us, and that goal will be one of the brightest highlights of our season,” Leaf wrote.

Nenana scored on a late penalty kick.

Saturday, CIA traveled to Delta Junction and pulled out a 3-1 victory over the Huskies.

In the 22nd minute, Moos got back to his scoring ways when he took a ball from James Anderson and fought through a tackle for a 1-0 lead.

Leaf told his team at halftime the game was far from over, and in the 47th minute Luke Schmidt proved him right by knotting the score at 1.

Leaf said his team stayed patient and focused on possession, and that paid off in the 55th minute when Addie Nelson scored. In the 70th minute, Anderson delivered another assist when Linnaea Dohse finished his cross at the near post.

This weekend, CIA heads right back to Healy for the Tri-Valley Soccer Tournament on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

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