CIA soccer sews up top seed at conference tourney

CIA soccer sews up top seed at conference tourney

The Cook Inlet Academy coed soccer team defeated Wasilla Lake Christian 3-1 on Friday and Birchwood Christian 5-1 on Saturday to finish the regular season 12-0 in the Borealis Conference and 15-1 overall. The Eagles will get the top seed at the Borealis Conference tournament this weekend.

Friday, the Eagles faced the defending Borealis champions in Wasilla Lake. A tight first half saw sophomore goalie Jackson Cross, starting in goal for Lucas Cragg, keep the game scoreless. Cragg was out with illness.

CIA coach Kenny Leaf said he could feel his team was building toward something as the Eagles saw more and more possession in Wasilla Lake’s half of the field.

In the 60th minute, James Anderson scored for the Eagles. Just two minutes later, Hunter Moos found Sophie Nelson on the far post for a 2-0 lead. Wasilla Lake came back just three minutes later to cut the gap to 2-1, but just five minutes later Linnaea Dohse got the ball to Moos for a 3-1 lead. CIA would then drain time off the clock to secure the top seed in the conference tourney.

Saturday was not nearly as dramatic as Anderson recorded his first career hat trick and Moos scored twice as the Eagles netted all five goals in the first 25 minutes. The only assist was by Alex Emery.

The conference tourney will be Thursday and Friday at Kincaid Park and Saturday at Begich Middle School.

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