SoHi girls soccer handles Ketchikan

On a cold, cloudy and windy day, the Soldotna girls soccer team continued to fan the flames of their hot start to the season, beating Southeast rival Ketchikan 4-1 Wednesday at Justin Maile Field in Soldotna.

SoHi received two goals each from Whitney Wortham and Abi Tuttle in the nonleague contest. Maddie Kindred earned the win in goal for Soldotna, which now stands at 7-0 overall in 2015.

SoHi last faced Ketchikan last year in early May and walked away with a 7-0 win, but with several key players gone from this year’s squad, nothing was certain. Soldotna coach Jimmy Love said that many teams base their expectations of an opponent on their past history with them, which can be a big mistake.

“You just can’t do that,” Love said. “You don’t know who they are, you have to come and play. So I thought they have been much better this year than in the past.”

After an opening 10 minutes in Wednesday’s game that saw a lot of midfield play, the Stars began to close in on the Kings’ defense with increasing intensity. Eventually, SoHi broke out with a goal by Tuttle in the 15th minute that came from the right side of the goal box. Tuttle’s shot had just enough curve to it to compensate for the extreme angle and find the netting. Miranda Wolfe had the assist.

Wortham slotted in the second strike in the 29th minute with an array of quick touches on the outside edges of the goal box to work by a few defenders and score her first goal of the night to put SoHi up 2-0.

Wortham then added her second goal just six minutes later on a shot similar to Tuttle’s, reaching from the right flank to angle the ball off the left goal post and give Soldotna a 3-0 lead, which the Stars kept at halftime.

“I don’t know how Whitney’s (goal) went in, I have no idea,” Love said. “I was trying to explain to her, it was a low percentage. Next time, you want to try and push it out a bit.”

SoHi did not relax in the second half. Five minutes in, Tuttle released a shot from the right side of the goal once again and succeeded when the ball glanced of the left post.

Makenna Rosin nearly added a fifth goal just two minutes later with a shot off the Ketchikan crossbar, and a pass from Wolfe was nearly headed in by Taylor Wilson in the 55th minute. Another crossbar blow was taken by Wilson in the 68th minute.

The Kings worked for a goal in the second half to help close it up, and they got a few opportunities from Gabi Bonck and Angel Spurgeon, but Soldotna controlled possession throughout much of the match, and Love was quick to credit the staunch defense.

“Thankfully for us, we have a quick defense, and they were trying that through ball and it didn’t have much success,” Love said. “We were able to thwart that, so that was good on our part.”

A back line of Alex Ashe, Bailey Rosin and Taryn McCubbins kept things in check for most of the game. However, it was Spurgeon who ruined Kindred’s shutout with a goal with three minutes left in the game. Spurgeon worked her way around the SoHi defense and launched a shot high enough to find its way past Kindred.

“We had a lapse and broke down, and you can’t do that in a 1-1 game,” Love said. “In a 4-0 game, no big deal, but it would be big in a 1-1 game.”

With seven regular season games left, Soldotna is halfway through its season, and Love said he sees his squad contending with the likes of Kenai, Wasilla and Colony for supremacy in the Northern Lights Conference. The Stars will face the Colony Knights Friday at 4 p.m. in Soldotna, and the Palmer Moose Saturday at 10 a.m.

More in Sports

Kenai Central's Emma Beck attacks against Nikiski's Rylee Ellis on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, at Kenai Central High School in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Volleyball roundup: Kenai tops Nikiski; Wasilla gets past SoHi

The senior civics project of Valerie Villegas was a smashing success Friday… Continue reading

Morgan Aldridge leads riders down a hill at the start of Week 3 of the Soldotna Cycle Series on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Tsalteshi Trails. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Chainwreck Cyclocross Series holds final race of season

The Chainwreck Cyclocross Series wrapped up with the fifth race Thursday at… Continue reading

Nikiski's Rylee Ellis attacks against Soldotna's Ashlee Anderson on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, at Soldotna High School in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Volleyball roundup: SoHi, Kenai pull out wins

Staff report Host Soldotna celebrated its senior night with a 3-1 nonconference… Continue reading

Brock Wilson and Brayden Taylor lead Soldotna onto Justin Maile Field for a Division II semifinal against North Pole on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
SoHi football to play for 9th straight state title

Eight straight state titles, and 12 since 2006. An 18-game postseason winning… Continue reading

MJ Hendren pictured kayaking at Hidden Lake next to a large rock exposure. (Photo provided)
Refuge Notebook: Geology of the Kenai … it rocks!

One thing that never ceases to amaze me about living in Alaska… Continue reading

The pedicure in question has seen many miles of hiking and walking since it was first painted on five months ago. (Photo by Kat Sorensen)
Tangled Up in Blue: A perfect pedicure

There is just the smallest sliver of light pink nail polish left… Continue reading

Olympic gold medalist Lydia Jacoby waves to the crowd in Seward during her celebratory parade on Thursday, August 5, 2021. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Jacoby nabs 2 2nds at World Cup

Lydia Jacoby, a 17-year-old senior at Seward High School, finished second in… Continue reading

Kenai's Jason Parks, running on Kalifornsky Beach Road in Kenai, Alaska, wins the Kenai River Marathon on Sept. 28, 2019. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Parks takes 38th in Chicago Marathon

Kenai’s Jason Parks took 38th overall, 36th among men and 11th in… Continue reading

tease
Volleyball roundup: Kenai leads area at Grizzly Invite

The Kenai Central volleyball team led the Kenai Peninsula with a fourth… Continue reading

Most Read