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By SCOTT BOWLEN
Daily News Staff Writer
A day after beating Juneau-Douglas High School on Friday evening, the Ketchikan High School Kings varsity soccer squad couldn’t repeat the feat Saturday, losing 4-1 at Juneau’s Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.
The loss drops Kayhi’s Region V record to 3-3-0, which puts the Kings out of contention for the state championship tournament berth with one more week of conference play remaining.
As there is no Region V championship soccer tournaments, the state berth is decided by conference record.
Going into Saturday’s game, Kayhi had to win the final three games of the season to clinch Region V’s state tournament berth. Instead, the Crimson Bears’ win on Saturday sends Juneau-Douglas to the state tourney.
“(Saturday’s game) was the Southeast championship, unfortunately,” Kayhi head coach David Mitchel said Sunday morning.
The Crimson Bears came out hungry in Saturday’s match.
“They scored zero the day before — they capitalized (Saturday) and came out definitely throwing bodies forward, super aggressive, in the beginning,” Mitchel said.
The Crimson Bears scored twice within the first 20 minutes of the first period, prompting Kayhi to focus on offense in hopes of making up the deficit and then some. Only a win — not just a tie — would have put Kayhi into the state tournament.
“Once we got down 2-0, we kind of switched it around and put as many attacking players (forward) as we could,” Mitchel said. “Pulled the goalie and had Jake (Taylor) run around the field and try to give us a boost of energy.”
Despite Kayhi’s focus on attack, Juneau-Douglas defense was looking sharper than it had Friday.
“The defense was certainly better, didn't give us many looks,” Mitchel said. “I'd say we only got four shots, and, really, one good shot on goal. And that one went in.”
That goal occurred in the second period, after Juneau-Douglas had scored its third goal of the match.
With about 10 minutes remaining, the Kings’ Brayden Linne took a throw-in from midfielder John Coss.
“Brayden just roped it from 20 yards out — right in the corner,” Mitchel said. “So that was awesome.”
Mitchel credited Linne with having a great game all around, and also highlighted play by Coss, Izaak Jensen, Dawson Daniels and Max Collins.
With senior standout Henning Pankow injured, Jaret Warstler played a lot of minutes and did well, said Mitchel.
Still, with Juneau-Douglas upping the intensity on its side of the ball, “we needed all 11 guys to play a great game to beat them,” Mitchel said. “And we needed a little luck to go our way. We needed the bounces of the ball, and to keep them from scoring, and we weren’t able to do that. We didn't have enough.”
Despite the outcome and impact of Saturday’s match, there’s more soccer ahead for the Kings.
Kayhi will conclude its 2018 season with a two-game homestand against the Thunder Mountain High School Falcons on Friday and Saturday at Esther Shea Field.