The Cook Inlet Academy coed soccer team took advantage of a rules loophole to score a big win and give themselves momentum as the fall soccer season winds down.
Because an earlier scrimmage in the season with Wasilla Lake Christian did not count toward the Borealis Conference standings, Saturday’s conference clash with the Warriors meant the winner would be taking a double dose of wins, essentially making for a doubleheader win in the standings.
Ultimately, CIA would emerge victorious in a 2-1 victory.
Wasilla Lake took an early lead with a through ball that beat Eagles goalkeeper Brady Hammond in the 25th minute. It wasn’t until the 67th minute that CIA managed to equalize with a penalty kick by Jiabao Leaf. Hunter Moos was taken down in the box to set up the PK.
CIA took the lead in the 70th minute, as Moos set up Leaf for the go-ahead strike.
The weekend left the Eagles with a 13-2 record, currently the first seed in the Borealis south division. The regular season wraps up next weekend with a pair of home games against Holy Rosary and Birchwood Christian on Friday and Saturday, respectively.
CIA 3, Birchwood 1
The Eagles got the weekend started Friday with a win over Birchwood Christian.
Like Saturday, CIA’s opponent took an early lead with a header off a corner kick in the 12th minute. Moos tied it in the 27th, which stayed knotted up until halftime.
Leaf slotted in the go-ahead goal just two minutes into the second half, and Breona Delon scored in the 58th minutes on an assist from Hammond. Birchwood continued to battle with several post shots, but CIA held on.