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By JOE STURZL
Daily News Sports Editor
Rudy Pankow scored two goals and assisted in the game-winning goal to help the Ketchikan High School boys soccer team to a series sweep of Thunder Mountain High School in Juneau Friday night. Kayhi won 3-2.
After scoring the first two goals of the game, Kayhi watched the Falcons score two goals of their own, making for a nervous finish for head soccer coach Scott Brandt-Erichsen and his team.
"We scored two early on, and they scored two later on in the second half, and we got pretty nervous," he said.
At the 9-minute mark of the first half, Keefe Blankenship assisted by heading the ball over to Pankow, who was on the left side of the penalty box. Pankow dribbled it right and beat the keeper on his way to scoring the first goal of the game.
Just over two minutes later, Josh Baxstrom passed a ground ball to Pankow in front of the net where Pankow kicked it into the left side to put the Kings up 2-0.
Brandt-Erichsen said that Thunder Mountain didn’t change the way it played the Kayhi offense from the previous night, but the Kings had trouble capitalizing on opportunities.
"We had a lot of misses," he said. "There was a shot that rebounded off the cross bar, and a rebound that went wide of the goal. Another shot went off the crossbar. We had opportunities, but had trouble getting it into the net."
At the 43-minute mark, Thunder Mountain headed in a corner kick to cut the lead to 2-1.
"On the corner kick, they got a good header from the back side. If the defense doesn’t have their man marked, they’re going to beat the keeper," Brandt-Erichsen said. "If the ball goes over past the keeper, and we change our direction, the keeper isn’t going to be able to stop it, and we need a defender occupying a space behind him."
The Falcons tied the game at the 57-minute mark.
"They had a breakaway. Alex Daniels tried to run the guy down, but their guy played it well and beat the keeper," Brandt-Erichsen said.
With under seven minutes to play, Pankow was dribbling the ball along the goal line and crossed the ball over to Evan Wick, who headed the ball into the goal for the game winner.
"Yesterday I told Evan Wick he should quit playing soccer because he will never score a better goal than he did last night, but I liked tonight’s better. Keefe flipped it over the goalie’s reach and Evan was right there to head it into the net," Brandt-Erichsen said.
In the JV game, Radek Radzilowski scored twice for Kayhi after Thunder Mountain scored the first goal. Radzilowski’s two goals gave the Kings a 2-1 victory.
With both teams winning, the JV and varsity teams are now 4-0 on the season. Their next matches come at home against Juneau-Douglas on April 25 and 26.