Keri Thomas & Brittany Slick
Kayhi boys soccer lost 5-2 to the Clarkston Bantoms last night.
The Kings trailed 2-1 at halftime, the lone goal coming from midfielder Max Collins. The Bantoms took control in the second half, outscoring the Kings 3-1. Henning Pankow contributed the last goal for Kayhi.
Senior defender Dawson Daniels said the terrain caught the Kings off-guard.
“We didn’t play to our full potential,” said Daniels. “We weren’t used to playing on a grass field and I felt like we weren’t ready for that change.”
Daniels said the team will be focusing on improving some small things before their next game.
“We want to be communicating more,” said Daniels. “Getting to the ball first and moving on and off the ball.”
The Kings will play the Ferris Saxons today at 3 p.m.
The Kayhi girls soccer team will be kicking off the 2018 season this weekend in Juneau against the Juneau-Douglas Bears.
The Lady Kings finished last year with a record of 2-12, 0-8. Kayhi will be looking to improve off of that record this season.
Senior Sydney Nichols said she is looking forward to her last year of high school soccer.
“I am excited to see what happens this season,” said Nichols. “Last year we played our first game of the season without practicing outside of the gym. Luckily this year we have gotten to practice on the field since tryouts so it has been a better start to the season than past years.”
The JD girls finished 3rd at state last year and have won 3 consecutive region titles. The top 2 goal scorers for the Bears are on the roster again this year which will be a handful for Kayhi as the Lady Kings graduated four starters on defense.