The host Nikiski soccer team was able to notch a 1-1 tie against Wasilla on Thursday to move their record to 1-5-1.
“We’re playing a lot better, which is good,” Nikiski coach Jim Coburn said.
After a scoreless first half, Hunter Holloway put Nikiski up in the second half, but Wasilla was able to equalize.
Coburn said Dylan Broussard had a great game in net, making 16 or 17 saves. The coach added that Javon Pamplin led a solid effort by the defensive unit.
Wasilla 4, Nikiski 0
The host Bulldogs dropped a decision to Wasilla on Thursday to fall to 3-5.
“I don’t think it was our best game of the season,” Nikiski girls coach Troy Zimmerman said. “We made a few mistakes and got worn down toward the end of the match. They scored three goals in the second half.”
Zimmerman said Rylee Jackson was aggressive throughout and brought the fight to the Warriors. He also said senior Alexa Schmidt also was solid off the bench.
The Nikiski girls host Palmer at 5 p.m. today and Colony at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Homer girls 3, Houston 0
The Mariners received a hat trick from Uliana Reutov in defeating the Hawks on Thursday and moving to 6-4 overall.
Even though Reutov had the hat trick, Homer coach Mike Tozzo said goalie Ali McCarron was the player of the match.
McCarron saved a penalty kick, then the point-blank attempt off the rebound. She also saved a breakaway in the second half.
“She’s a freshman, but she’s playing much older than that,” Tozzo said.
He said the team, led by Megan Pitzman, Rachel Ellert and Sam Draves, passed well. Homer normally completes 65 to 75 passes per half, but hit just over 350 in this match.
The Mariners host Colony at 6 p.m. today and Palmer at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Homer boys 9, Houston 0
After a scoreless first half, the host Mariners poured it on in the second half for the Thursday victory.
“We’re just trying to knock it around and figure out how to get along,” Homer coach Warren Waldorf said after improving to 4-6 overall.
Simon Dye had five goals for the Mariners, while Dexter Lowe, Charles Rohr and Oliver Beck added tallies.
Homer hosts Colony at 4 p.m today and Palmer at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Waldorf said the Mariners could see the Knights in the first round of the conference tournament, so the game will be a good learning opportunity.