The Chugiak and Eagle River boys soccer teams each found themselves on the wrong end of lopsided shutouts in the opening round of the Cook Inlet Conference boys soccer tournament at South High on Thursday, May 17.
The seventh-seeded Mustangs fell 5-0 to No. 2 South, while No. 6 Eagle River dropped a 7-0 decision to No. 3 West.
South got a pair of goals from Nathan Chartier to led the Wolverines' win. West got goals from seven different players in its triumph.
Senior Jackie Klecka scored two second-half goals to lead sixth-seeded Eagle River past No. 3 Chugiak 3-1 in the opening round of the girls Cook Inlet Conference soccer tournament Thursday, May 17 at Eagle River.
The Wolves play No. 2 South on Friday, May 18, on their home turf at 2 p.m. with a championship berth on the line.
The Mustangs swept the regular season series with their crosstown rival, however, Eagle River was more prepared the third time around, Klecka said.
“We came out in the beginning more willing to win,” she said.
Despite dropping a 5-4 game to previous winless East on Monday, May14, Chugiak (4-3) earned the fourth seed in the Cook Inlet Conference baseball playoffs. The Mustangs play either Service or South on Friday, May 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Mulcahy Stadium.
Construction at the McDonald Center is entering its final phase.
The $6 million project to add an indoor turf field, running track and maintenance shop to the longtime Eagle River recreational facility should be completed by July 17, said Mac manager Reid McDonald on May 12.
“It’s basically done,” he said. “They just need to do the final touches.”
Palmer-based F-E Contracting Inc. is currently installing drywall and painting, McDonald said. Once the toilets and netting are installed, the final step will be to put down the turf and track, he said.
Prep track and field athletes have one chance to make state — and it’s all riding on their performance this weekend.
Only the top finisher in each event at the Cook Inlet Conference meet, which will be held at Bartlett High on Friday and Saturday, May 11-12, will be guaranteed a trip to Fairbanks. After that, the next best 12 times/distances statewide will join each region’s first-place finishers at Lathrop High on May 18-19.
“It all depends on one meet,” Eagle River head coach Matt Turner said. “It puts extra pressure on you.”