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Nikiski girls earn school’s 1st state soccer berth

The Nikiski girls soccer team earned an at-large berth to the Division II state tournament in Anchorage in brackets announced Monday.

The state berth was the first for a Nikiski girls or boys squad.

The Bulldogs are the No. 8 seed at 3-9-1 and face No. 1 seed Kenai Central, at 16-0-0, in the tourney’s first round.

The Soldotna girls (10-5-0) are the second seed in the tournament, while Homer (6-10-1) is the fifth seed.

In the boys tournament, Soldotna (9-3-3) is third, Kenai Central (10-4-3) is fifth and Homer, an at-large berth, is No. 8 with a 5-8-3 record. The Mariners were last at state in 2019.

Division II state soccer tournament

GIRLS

Thursday’s games

Game 1 — Kenai vs. Nikiski, 11 a.m. at West

Game 2 — Juneau-Douglas vs. Homer, 3 p.m. at West

Game 3 — North Pole vs. Grace, 9 a.m. at Service

Game 4 — Soldotna vs. Houston, 1 p.m. at Service

Friday’s games

Game 5 — Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 9 a.m. at South

Game 6 — Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 loser, 1 p.m. at South

Game 7 — Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 1 p.m. at West

Game 8 — Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 1 p.m. at Service

Saturday’s games

4th/6th place — Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 8 a.m. at Service

3rd/5th place — Game 7 loser vs. Game 8 loser, 9 a.m. at West

Championship — Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner, 11:30 a.m.

BOYS

Thursday’s games

Game 1 — Juneau-Douglas vs. Homer, 5 p.m. at West

Game 2 — Ketchikan vs. Kenai, 9 a.m. at West

Game 3 — Soldotna vs. Grace Christian, 11 a.m. at Service

Game 4 — Palmer vs. North Pole, 7 p.m. at West

Friday’s games

Game 5 — Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 11 a.m. at South

Game 6 — Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 loser, 3 p.m. at South

Game 7 — Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 3 p.m. at West

Game 8 — Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 3 p.m. at Service

Saturday’s games

4th/6th place — Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 9:45 a.m.

3rd/5th place — Game 7 loser vs. Game 8 loser, 9:45 a.m.

Championship — Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner, 1:30 p.m.

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