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By JOE JUDD
Daily News Sports Editor
The Ketchikan High School boys soccer team capped off a successful road trip to Juneau with a 4-0 victory over Thunder Mountain High School on Saturday night.
Head coach of the Kings, David Mitchel, said he was happy with how his team performed over the weekend.
“We played better team defense. People were working hard,” Mitchel said after the win on Saturday.
With four different players finding the back of the net, Kayhi managed to control the pacing of the game from its onset.
Two of those goals came in the first 15 minutes of action and were scored by Payton Stewart, assisted by Brent Taylor and by Max Collins, assisted by Henning Pankow. From there, Thunder Mountain began to show signs of life and had a few chances to score, but nothing came of this as Kayhi’s shutout stayed intact.
“Most of the second half, especially the last 20 minutes, we kind of took control again,” Mitchel said. “I was pleased with the way we finished.”
Earning the shutout in goal and facing a number of shots throughout the game was Kegan Rhein.
“He had some action and did well. He was solid back there,” Mitchel said. “(Kegan) was really good at keeper today, actually.”
Stewart scored his second goal of the contest in the second half, assisted by Braydon Linne.
Mitchel said his team still has some room for improvement, but his players have become more confident as more games have been played early in the season.Two wins over Thunder Mountain in as many days is a good stepping stone in the right direction, Mitchel thinks.
It could go a long way in preparing the Kings for eventually taking on Juneau-Douglas High School.
Kayhi’s junior varsity team also turned in a 4-0 winning effort over Thunder Mountain on Saturday. Giovanni Covelli scored two goals in the win over Thunder Mountain’s JV team.
One of Covelli’s goals came from roughly 25 yards out, landing in the net over the keeper’s head.
“We have a really nice group of JV players,” Mitchel said. “They played really hard and unselfish the whole time.”
Micah Britt also contributed a goal, which deflected into the net off of his chest.
Jake Taylor had two assists in his team’s victory over the Falcons.