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KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The first Tongass Timbers Soccer Club season is in the books.
Ketchikan’s first organized competitive soccer program, outside of the Ketchikan High School Kings, had tryouts in September and has the possibility of travel, bumping it on the competitive side of the Ketchikan Youth Soccer League.
And since tryouts, the Tongass Timbers’ Futsal League has been in full swing.
Futsal — an indoor version of soccer — is typically played in a five-on-five setting on a smaller playing field. And Ketchikan teams have competed every Friday and Sunday at the Gateway Recreation Center as part of the Alaska Futsal League.
“All the coaches are basically trying to teach the same things — use the same language,” former Ketchikan High School soccer coach Mike Medford said in October.
“That’s what this is about,” he continued. “It’s competitive, but the primary objective is player development.”
Although the teams are part of the same club, Tongass Timbers split into teams to play league games. And Wednesday’s night’s finale was for the U-16 championship.
With different colored jerseys differentiating the two Tongass Timbers Soccer Club squads, the fast-paced title match had 20 goals scored between the Cedar and Blue teams. The Cedar squad won first place medals with its 12-8 victory.
Cedar jumped out to a 4-0 lead. After a back and forth affair started the game, Cedar’s Shawn Cadiente got the scoring started.
Phillip Smith tallied back-to-back goals and Skyler Greenfield would tack on another score for Cedar before the Blue squad found the back of the net.
Cedar’s 4-0 lead was cut in half after the Blue team’s Apollo Jasper fashioned some fancy footwork to put his team on the board. Jasper scored Blue’s first goal, and the team quickly tallied another, making the match 4-2.
But Cedar would maintain a one-to-two goal lead throughout the majority of the match.
Blue and Cedar goal tenders Kevon Reese and Owen Woodward, respectively, would trade saves, before Jasper would knock in his second goal of the game, putting Blue within one goal, 5-4.
Jasper again put his team within one with his third goal of the first half, making it 6-5 shortly before the intermission.
Blue briefly tied the match 7-7 early in the second half. Jasper’s shot deflected off of Woodward and the ball landed at the feet of Blue’s Dylan Nedzwecky.
Nedzwecky would nudge it in for the goal.
The tie quickly evaporated as Cedar scored on its next possession en route to its championship win.