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By SPENCER GLEASON
Daily News Sports Editor
The scoreboard might’ve read 7-1, in favor of Bartlett High School on Saturday. But Ketchikan High School Lady Kings’ coach Neil Kinunen was pleased with the effort, despite the outcome.
“(The) scoreline didn’t really reflect the game action,” he said via text. “We actually played fairly well. We were much better than we played (against) Chugiak (High School).”
The Lady Kings were able to push the ball downfield, and create some offensive drives. Olivia Kinunen scored Kayhi’s goal midway through the second half.
“We were able to get on the ball and connect passes, and maintain a little bit of possession as we moved forward,” Neil Kinunen said.
The veteran coach noted the play of Collette Rhein, Alyssa Caldwell and Ruby McCue. The trio helped give Kayhi some momentum, as did Sarah Palaruan along the defensive wing.
Bartlett was able to capitalize on a few Kayhi miscues, which spread the score in the Lady Golden Bears’ favor.
Four of Bartlett’s goals came off the foot of Bartlett’s senior forward leader who will be playing at Eastern Washington University next year.
“(She had) some really nice goals,” Kinunen said.
The Lady Kings finished their trip, going 2-2. Kayhi beat Houston and Redington high schools, which helped give them a three-game winning streak.
But Kayhi fell to Chugiak High School on Friday, 3-0, before dropping its game against Bartlett.
“Overall, I’m pretty pleased with how the trip has gone,” Kinunen said. “We scored some goals, and got two wins. And (we) had moments where we played pretty good soccer. Especially considering that we’ve played seven games in the last 10 days.”
The Lady Kings will close their regular season on May 17-18, when they host Thunder Mountain High School.