Falcons tangle with Moose, Wolves and Bears

Thunder Mountain girls soccer team finishes northern road trip

The Thunder Mountain High School girls soccer team finished its three-game road trip in Anchorage with a 5-0 win over the Bartlett Golden Bears on Saturday, one day after dropping a tough 1-0 game against the Eagle River Wolves in Eagle River. The Falcons had put together their best offensive effort of the season in a 6-0 win over the Palmer Moose in Palmer on Thursday.


“It was interesting because in the first half it was 0-0,” TMHS coach Kris Coffee said of Saturday’s clash against the Cook Inlet Conference’s Bartlett team. “We couldn’t seem to get any shots in.”

The Falcons had 13 shots on the Golden Bears’ goal in the first half.

“We controlled the possessions,” Coffee said. “We just could not seem to finish in the net.”

The Falcons connected on their opportunities in the final 40 minutes.

TMHS freshman forward Cierra McCain scored in the 17th minute of the second half on a cross by freshman Anna Rivest.

TMHS sophomore Elena Bryson scored in the 24th minute on a through ball by Rivest and again in the 27th minute unassisted.

TMHS sophomore defender Allyson Strong scored in the 29th minute on an assist by junior Abby DeRocher to make it 4-0.

“They just started boom, boom, boom,” Coffee said. “They were finally just falling in.”

TMHS junior defender Sarah Penrose put the final goal across at the 37th minute unassisted.

Bartlett totaled just four shots on goal during the game.

“Claire (White) didn’t have to make too many saves,” Coffee said. “Which is nice because she got a black eye the night before.”

TMHS senior keeper White was briefly injured in Friday’s 1-0 loss to Eagle River.

“It was a pretty even game,” Coffee said.

Eagle River had a breakaway on the left side 20 minutes into action and White challenged the shot, colliding with the Wolves player. The shot continued in.

“She took a knee to the eye,” Coffee said. “It was very even opportunities to score by both teams.”

Penrose came in for White at keeper to finish out the game. The Falcons had just six shots on the night.

TMHS opened its road trip with a 6-0 win over Palmer on Thursday.

DeRocher took a drop pass from McCain with 11 minutes remaining for a 1-0 advantage. McCain added a goal in the 31st minute unassisted.

“We suddenly got a lot more energy,” Coffee said. “I don’t know were it came from. We got excited. I think they felt relaxed. It wasn’t a conference game. There was not pressure. We talked about having fun, just doing the things we had been practicing and, more importantly, just enjoying playing soccer. Everybody is contributing and having fun right now.”

The Falcons continued the rush into the second half with Bryson scoring in the 10th minute, Azure Briggs scoring in the 14th minute, Bryson adding her second goal of the game in the 23rd minute and McCain scoring her second goal in the 30th minute.

“It was really great trip for the girls,” Coffee said. “I think they will walk away feeling pretty positive about their performances.”

The Falcons next play at Juneau-Douglas for the Crimson Bears senior night on Friday, May 22 and host the Crimson Bears on Saturday, May 23 for Falcons senior night.

“If we win both those games, regardless what happens between Ketchikan and JDHS, we win conference,” Coffee said.

• Contact Sports editor Klas Stolpe at 523-2228 or at klas.stolpe@juneauempire.com.


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