Soccer roundup: Kenai sweeps Nikiski

The visiting Kenai Central girls soccer team notched an 11-0 Peninsula Conference victory against Nikiski on Saturday. The Kardinals moved to 2-1-1 in the league and 6-4-2 overall, while the Bulldogs drop to 0-5 and 0-8.

Kenai had a 2-0 lead 31 minutes into the game. Abby Castillo scored on an assist from Chloe Goldsby, and Goldsby scored with help from Rylie Sparks.

The Kards then led 5-0 at the half. The goals came from Goldsby, Sparks on an assist from Kate Wisnewski and setup by Kylie Verkuilen, and Ella Yragui off a corner taken by Verkuilen.

In the second half, Goldsby scored on a play set up by Sarah Baisden, Yragui scored off a cross from Verkuilen, Maddie Malone scored on assist from Castillo, Malone scored unassisted, Goldsby scored on an assist from Seanna Swanson and Valerie Villegas scored on an assist from Cali Holmes.

Malone and Sparks combined on the shutout in net.

Nikiski coach Angie Coelho said Emma Weeks saved over 50 and should be considered for all-conference at the position.

Kenai boys 13, Nikiski 0

The visiting Kardinals moved to 4-0 in the Peninsula Conference and 6-5-2 overall by shutting out the Bulldogs, who are 0-5 in the league and 0-8-1 overall.

Kenai received three goals from Aloshia Cross, three from Carson Grimm, two from Enrique Mercado and a goal apiece from Sawyer Vann, William Wilson, Gavin Langham, Cole Langham and Dresden Reith.

Kenai coach Shane Lopez gave credit to his team for a strong finish to a four-game week.

Nikiski coach Jeremy Garrett texted that this was probably the best game the team has played this season. He added the Kardinals are a good team, and it’s always fun to play a familiar opponent.

“The scoreboard was not in our favor but today the boys really came together,” Garrett said.

Garrett said Kevin Love was inserted at goalie in the second half and did an awesome job.

Ketchikan boys 2, Soldotna 1

The visiting Kings scored on a pair of penalty kicks in the nonconference game to drop the Stars to 4-5-1 overall.

Ketchikan got its first penalty kick five minutes into the game. That lead held until Simon Willets had a perfect volley from the top of the box to knot the score with 15 minutes left. The Kings would then score on another penalty before time was up.

The Stars celebrated senior day, with Quinn Cox, Blaine Hayes, Cody Uribe-Koivisto, Brock Poe, Maleda Denbrock and Ayden See getting honored.

“I have a ton of love for those guys,” SoHi coach Erik Dolphin said.

Dolphin said of the seniors, Denbrock had a particularly strong game.

Dimond boys 8, Homer 0

The host Mariners, a Division II team, lost to the Division I Lynx to fall to 5-9-1 overall.

Homer coach Adam Diaz said his squad was able to hold Dimond off the board for 24 minutes. The Lynx then scored four in the first half and four in the second half.

Diaz said goalie Lucas Story made some incredible saves, especially when he had the sun in his eyes.

The coach said Dimond has really good chemistry and passing combinations, but Diaz gave credit to his team for effort.

“Once again, the team didn’t quit,” Diaz said. “Whether this team is up or down, they haven’t quit once. That’s an awesome environment to be in.”

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