Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - A magical night for two seniors in their final home match propelled the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears girls soccer team to a 3-0 win over the Thunder Mountain Falcons on Thursday at the Adair Kennedy pitch.
“That was one of my goals today, actually, was to score,” Juneau-Douglas senior Jasmin Holst said of the games final goal at the 35th minute of the second half. “It was really crowded and the ball was just coming right in front of me and I wasn’t sure if ‘I’ should kick it or not but I just ended up doing it. And it went in.”
The actual play was a bit more complicated.
Crimson Bears senior captain Taylor Bentley had brought the ball down the line but realized that it would be a tough angle to score herself, so she attacked the line to keep the defense honest and draw them in.
According to Juneau-Douglas coach Matt Dusenberry, when the back pass opened up Bentley found Holst “to feet.”
“Those situations are hard to defend,” Dusenberry said. “Because it you go to Taylor and defend the goal, it opens up the pass like it did. If you try to defend the back pass, she potentially turns it in and gets a shot only a few feet from goal.”
Bentley also had the second goal of the game, at the six minute mark of the second half, when Thunder Mountain was charged with a hand ball.
Bentley took the penalty kick in a smooth run up to a laser shot through a narrow space between the keeper’s right and the post.
“It was pretty exciting,” Bentley said. “I am very happy that I was able to score on my last home game. I was just aiming for the corner and I hit the corner.”
The first goal of the game came at the 33 minute mark of the first half.
Crimson Bears’ junior Sophia Pugh played the ball in to freshman Cadence Plummer just past the center line to left of the pitch.
Plummer ran onto the pass and put every pound she had into a strike that went through the keeper for the score.
The Falcons also had opportunities to find the net but two shots went high and two wide and the Crimson Bears defenders kept constant marks on their opponents.
JDHS had a corner kick that was in a scrum near the TMHS goal when first half time expired.
“This was a tough game for us,” Thunder Mountain coach John Newell said. “Our girls, I thought, played really well working the ball, moving the ball around. They had some really good passing opportunities, we just missed the opportunities in the attacking third. We missed a couple of shots, took one or two too many touches in the attacking third where we should have put a shot on goal. We just missed that last pass I think, and I think that is all we were missing in this case. JD is a tough team and it is fun to play them. We just have to reaccess for our next game against them on the 20th.”
All eight of the Crimson Bears seniors played during the night.
Tatum Hines, Bentley, Rachel Erben, Sophie Thibodeau, Holst, Jenae Pusich, Sandra Lamas and Kate Debuse, who assisted in the only goal in the JV game.
All eight were appreciative of the time, not only on this match, but throughout the season.
“They were all fantastic tonight and just enjoyed playing soccer,” Dusenberry said.
Holst and Hines shared the team’s Hard Hat Award for the match.
“It’s kind of like, I guess, for playing hard,” Holst said.
Then she laughed... because playing hard was fun and something they had longed to do for over a year.