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Tuesday soccer: Kenai sweeps Nikiski

The Soldotna girls soccer team notched a 3-1 victory over Homer on Tuesday at Justin Maile Field in Soldotna in Peninsula Conference action.

The Stars move to 3-2-0 in the league and 8-4-0 overall, while the Mariners drop to 2-4-0 and 5-7-0.

The Mariners led 1-0 after the first half on a goal by Talia Weisser.

The Stars drew even early in the second half on a penalty kick by Liberty Miller. Sadie Lane had the next two goals, both assisted by Morgan Lemm.

The Stars honored Liberty Miller, Sunny Miller, Zayra Poage, Caylee Uribe-Koivisto, Sonia Montague and Emilia Hinz for senior night.

Soldotna boys 0, Homer boys 0

The Stars and Mariners tied Tuesday in Peninsula Conference action at Justin Maile Field.

Soldotna is now 3-0-2 in the league and 7-2-3 overall, while Homer is 2-2-2 and 4-5-2.

Homer coach Adam Diaz thanked the Stars for hosting the game, and wrote in a text message that his team played with passion and determination. He wrote the game was the peak moment for his team so far this season, but that the conference tournament will be the true test. Walden Kraszeski had the shutout for Homer.

Soldotna coach Erik Dolphin wrote in a text message that Homer was playing deep on defense and then counterattacking. Dolphin wrote the Homer counterattack is well organized, but that the Stars didn’t allow the Mariners to create a lot of chances with it.

Dolphin wrote that Andrew Arthur, Zac Buckbee and Gehret Medcoff all had shots clang off the post.

“We just couldn’t get it in the net, even with all our chances,” Dolphin wrote.

Luke Hillyer had the shutout in net for the Stars.

SoHi honored Drew Cox, Aidan Gavalis, Maddox Palacios and Tim Karner for senior night.

Kenai girls 6, Nikiski 1

The visiting Kardinals stayed perfect Tuesday by topping the Bulldogs in Peninsula Conference action.

Kenai is 6-0-0 in the conference and 12-0-0 overall, while the Bulldogs are 0-5-0 and 2-6-1.

In the sixth minute, Kenai went up when Kori Moore scored on an Ella Yragui assist. Moore struck again three minutes later when Katie Johnson crossed to Rylie Sparks, with Moore knocking in the rebound of Sparks’ shot.

In the second half, Tait Cooper scored on a Kylee Verkuilen assist, Danica Swafford scored on a Kate Wisnewski assist, Swafford scored on a cross from Chloe Grimm, and Moore completed her hat trick on an Abby Castillo assist.

Kenai coach Dan Verkuilen wrote in a text message that the game gave kids that normally don’t get a lot of varsity time a chance to play.

Nikiski got its goal when Shelby McGahan Burman scored on a corner kick.

Bulldogs coach Angie Coelho wrote in a text message that Emma Weeks also showed off her talent with over 30 saves in goal.

Coelho wrote that Nikiski reached both of its goals by scoring and by bringing the score to almost half of what it was last time against Kenai. The Bulldogs lost to the Kardinals 10-1 on April 25.

Kenai boys 7, Nikiski 0

The visiting Kardinals got a shutout from Ezekiel Yragui and Carnell Gump to notch the Peninsula Conference victory over the Bulldogs on Tuesday.

The Kardinals are 3-1-2 in the league and 8-3-2 overall, while the Bulldogs are 0-5-0 and 0-7-0.

Carson Grimm had a hat trick for Kenai, while Wade James had two goals, and Trae Pitsch and Enrique Mercado added tallies.

Kenai coach Shane Lopez wrote in a text message that Grimm and William Wilson played well in the center of the defense, while Bridger Beck did a good job of making offensive runs and still getting back for defense as the outside back.

Lopez wrote his team did a good job of moving the ball to create a lot of good chances.

Nikiski coach Horst Haunold wrote that this was one of the best games his team has played so far. The coach added that goalie Jacob Martin was the player of the day.

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