Eagle River soccer sweeps Chugiak in advance of key Interior trips for both schools
Eagle River swept Chugiak on Senior Night Tuesday, getting a pair of valuable prep soccer wins in advance of crucial road trips to Fairbanks for both schools.
The Eagle River girl opened Tuesday’s doubleheader with a 2-0 shutout, and the boys followed with a 2-1 thriller in the nightcap to keep their hopes alive of playing at home in the upcoming state tournament.
In the girls game, Cassie Scott scored in the first half off a pass from Ashton McClaskey and Joseline Becerra added some insurance in the second to lift the Wolves to 2-5-1 in the Railbelt. Ashlynn Walker had a shutout in goal as Eagle River moved within a point of clinching a berth in the playoffs. The fourth-place Wolves can clinch this weekend when they travel to the Interior for matches Friday against Lathrop (0-7-1) and Saturday at West Valley (4-3-1).
In the boys game, Tanner Johnson scored on a direct kick from just outside the penalty area at the end of the first half and Jon Streff scored after Chugiak (2-5-1) tied it in the second to give Eagle River (1-6-1) its first Railbelt win of the season.
Both teams head north this weekend; with Chugiak facing West Valley Friday afternoon and taking on Lathrop Saturday morning.
All four local teams can still qualify for the state tournament, which takes the top four teams in the six-team conference. State begins May 23 and will be held at Eagle River, West and Service High Schools.
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CORRECTION: A previous version of this story misstated who scored the first goal for the Eagle River girls.
West Valley 7-0-1
Eagle River 1-6-1
West Valley 4-3-1
Eagle River 2-5-1
Friday, May 17
Chugiak at West Valley, 5 p.m.
Eagle River at Lathrop, 5 p.m.
Chugiak at West Valley, 7 p.m.
Eagle River at Lathrop, 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 18
Chugiak at Lathrop, 9 a.m.
Eagle River at West Valley, 9 a.m.
Chugiak at Lathrop, 11 a.m.
Eagle River at West Valley, 11 a.m.
End regular season