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Kayhi drops a pair to Chugiak
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Both Ketchikan High School soccer programs’ winning streaks came to end on Friday.

After winning a pair of contests against Houston and Redington high schools on Wednesday and Thursday, the Kings fell 2-0 to Chugiak High School Mustangs in Anchorage.

And the Lady Kings, who had a three-game winning streak on the line, fell 3-0 to the Lady Mustangs.

“(We) didn’t really do much of anything,” said Lady Kings’ coach Neil Kinunen via text. “(We) couldn’t settle and control the ball, (and) couldn’t connect passes.”

It was the Lady Kings’ sixth game in eight days.

“It is hard to maintain the required energy and focus when you’re tired and mentally drained,” Kinunen said.

Before the Lady Kings fell to Chugiak, the Kings gave the Mustangs a run for their money.

The two teams were nearly scoreless through the first half, before a corner kick gave Chugiak an edge.

With 30 seconds left in the half, the Mustangs chipped it in.

“It was right before the whistle,” said Kings’ co-coach Jacob Potts. “(But) we controlled the first half.”

The contest took a twist in the second half. And before it was over, the game saw several yellow cards distributed, with the majority of those falling on the Mustangs’ side.

“It was a very chippy game,” Potts said. “One (Mustangs) player got a red card after the game, and their coach got a yellow card after the game.”

Despite that, Potts and Kayhi co-coach Juan Robles said their Kings remained level-headed.

“Our composure was great,” Potts said. “(We) didn’t fall into any of the antics.”

Robles agreed.

“Unfortunately it’s a part of soccer that (isn’t fun),” he said. “Our boys showed really good composure.”

The Kings let their play control the talking.

“Our boys played their hearts out,” Potts said.

Kayhi had a couple opportunities to break through. Jaret Warstler had a free kick. And Mark Jasper’s free kick nearly went in the net, as well.

But unfortunately for Kayhi, neither did.

“Apollo and Mark Jasper played really well,” Robles said.

Despite the loss, Kayhi’s coaching duo will gladly take the grit their Kings showed.

“It was a good, hard, scrappy game,” Potts said.

Notes: Both the Kings and Lady Kings will close their respective trips in Anchorage on Saturday, with games against Bartlett High School.

The Kings will kick off at 11 a.m. And the Lady Kings will play at 1 p.m.

Both squads will finish the regular season at home on May 17-18, when the Kings host Juneau-Douglas High School and Lady Kings play Thunder Mountain High School.