Kayhi boys Varsity soccer plays West Anchorage tonight at 5:30 and Kenai at 5:00 pm on Saturday. This is the first time any Anchorage team has travelled to Ketchikan to play soccer. Kayhi senior captain John Coss is excited for this weekend’s games.
“I think it will be a really good challenge to be able to play harder teams,” said John. “We have the advantage of it being on our home field for the first time.”
The JV boys will travel to Sitka this weekend, playing Friday at 5:00 pm and Saturday at 8:00 am. JV captain Jacob King is looking forward to the games.
“I’m am so dang excited,” said King “Last time we did really good against Sitka but I feel like it’s gonna be a lot closer of a game this time because they have one of their main players back.”
The Lady Kings lost the first game of the season Friday 8-0 and the second on Saturday 9-0.
Junior Olivia Kinunen has been on varsity for three years and knew the Bears were a tough team to beat.
“Juneau has always been super good, so we knew the games were going to be super difficult,” said Kinunen. “We definitely didn’t play very well the beginning of the first game, but stepped it up at the half and continued to do the same in the second game.”
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.
The Kayhi boys soccer team suffered two losses to Juneau-Douglas this weekend, 2-0 Friday and 3-1 Saturday. Despite losing their starting goalie to injury midway through the first half Friday the Kings held JD scoreless until partway into the second half when the Bears eventually took control.
The story Saturday was similar as the Kings proved they were up to the challenge against the defending region champions. Senior Joey Karlik said that the score didn’t accurately reflect the effort given and how closely contested the game really was.
“If we had those two calls that led to the two PK’s go our way we would’ve tied 1-1,” said Karlik. “Which is really big for us because it’s Juneau and we don’t usually tie, let alone beat them. When we go to Juneau it’s going to be a different story.”
With eight minutes left to play in the first half the Bears look the lead 1-0, then scored again on a penalty kick three minutes later. Kayhi scored its first goal of the season after JD had added a second penalty kick but it was too little too late.
Senior Vince Tenebro said that he is proud of how the team played and believes that as the season goes their play will improve.
“The first day we weren’t at our best,” said Tenebro. “We were kinda nervous, understand that it was our first game and Tim’s injury kinda changed it too. We played a lot better in the second half. The second day we were a lot more confident, we had good possessions and just went out there and competed. Throughout time and the more we play games the more we’ll build chemistry, it’ll be a lot different by the end of the year compared to the beginning.”
Kayhi boys soccer will kick off their season against rival Juneau Douglas tonight and Saturday on Ester Shea field. Head coach David Mitchel is looking forward to the weekend.
“I am very excited, looks like the field conditions are good.” said Mitchel. “Everybody is healthy, for the most part, and it should be a fun weekend series. We usually don’t have it this early so that’s a little different but I feel good about it.”
Senior captain John Coss is confident that the team is ready for the upcoming games.
“We’ve worked hard and put in the hours of training,” said Coss. “I think we are going to be well equipped to move forward.”
JV – 5pm
Varisty – 7pm
JV – 1pm
Varsity – 3pm
Break out your blankets, keep your winter clothes out, and your shovels handy because — you guessed it — spring sports are upon us.
Baseball, softball, and soccer tryouts begin today after school. Track pre-season concludes today, marking the start of the regular season.
Girls and boys soccer tryouts are at Fawn Mountain field at 3:30 and 5:15 respectively.
Softball will be in the Kayhi Main gym at 7:15, while baseball will take the Norman Walker Field batting cages from 3 to 5.
Track will have their first practice today right after school in the glorious Kayhi hallways and weight room.
Boys Soccer Tryouts
Wed 5:15 p.m. Fawn Mountain
Thurs 7:15 p.m. Fawn Mountain
Girls Soccer Tryouts
Wed 3:30 p.m. Fawn Mountain
Thurs 3:30 p.m. Fawn mountain
Wed 7:15 p.m. Kayhi Main gym
Thurs 5:15 p.m. Kayhi Aux gym
Fri 5:30 p.m. Norman Walker Field batting cages
Wed 3:00 – 4:15 p.m. (underclassmen) 4:15-5 p.m. (upperclassmen) Norman Walker Field batting cages
Thurs 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. Recreational Center
Fri 7:15 – 9:00 p.m. Kayhi main gym