Lady Kings Battle Falcons

Largim Zhuta
Staff Writer

The Kayhi Lady Kings soccer team (0-0-2, 0-0-2)  will face off against the Thunder Mountain Lady Falcons (0-0-3, 0-0-2)  tomorrow at 7:00 p.m. at Esther Shea Fawn Mountain field.
The Lady Kings are looking to get the ball rolling and build some momentum this weekend, especially after back to back losses against Juneau-Douglas two weeks ago.
Kayhi coach Neil Kinunen is looking forward to having the team get back out on the pitch this weekend, especially against Thunder Mountain.
“It’s always easier, mentally, to play against Thunder Mountain as opposed to JDHS,” said Kinunen. “They are closer to our level of talent and skill.”
Co-captain and midfielder Sydney Nichols’ goal to help the team succeed this weekend will be to try and connect more passes and get the team on the same page. Both which are crucial roles for any midfielder.
“I will try to talk and communicate more on the field and show them the runs to make,” said Nichols. “Right now, we aren’t seeing a lot of the runs. The ball will be sent one way but when no one sees it, its a lost possession.”
Co-Captain Oliva Kinunen also believes that communication will be an important factor this weekend, especially with a younger team.
“We have a pretty young an inexperienced team this year, so we have been working on fundamentals like clearing the ball from defense and set plays,” said Olivia. “During the game, we will communicate with each other, which will hopefully help us out a lot.”
Coach Kinunen believes the key to the overall success of the games will be playing with intensity and transitioning quickly, especially against Thunder Mountain.
“We need to be sharp in transitioning from defense to offense and vice versa,” said Kinunen. “We simply have to match their level of intensity and energy to compete.”

Game Times
Friday
JV – 5:00 p.m.
V – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday
JV – 12:00 p.m.
V – 2:00 p.m.

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