All four high school soccer teams from the Interior are playing on the last day of the Alaska School Activities Association/First National Bank Alaska State Championships in Anchorage and Eagle River.
West Valley Wolfpack boys play for third place today in the Division I tournament after falling in a semifinal Friday. The Wolfpack girls won an elimination game Friday and will play for fourth place in the Division I bracket.
The North Pole Patriots girls team, in only its second state tournament, won its elimination game Friday and plays for fourth place in the Division II bracket. The Monroe Catholic Rams, state-tournament newcomers, are competing for fourth place in the Division II tournament after also winning in the elimination round Friday.
The previously unbeaten West Valley boys lost 1-0 to the West Anchorage Eagles in a Division I semifinal Friday night at Service High School in Anchorage. The Wolfpack will play the Ketchikan Kings or Kenai Kardinals for third place at 9 a.m. today at West Anchorage High School.
West Valley was 16-0-2 after Thursday’s 1-0 win over the South Anchorage Wolverines at the West Anchorage field.
The Wolfpack girls, with both goals from Aubrey Stacy, edged the Service Cougars, 2-1, on Friday afternoon at West Anchorage.
West Valley faces West Anchorage at 8 a.m. today in the Division I fourth-place game at Eagle River High School.
Stacy scored at the 65th minute with an assist from Maisy O’Neill and, with help from Regan Gray, she delivered the game-winner with a few minutes left in regulation.
Service scored on a free kick in the first half. Before the play, West Valley had to bring in a field player as a substitute for goalkeeper Ashlyn Bray after she suffered an injury.
Goalkeeper Meghan Little earned her second shutout of the year and Breeauna O’Rear and Katy Vinton scored for the North Pole girls team in its 2-0 win over the Kodiak Bears.
O’Rear scored in the first half and Vinton in the last second half of the game at West Anchorage High School.
North Pole faces the Homer Mariners for fourth place at 9:45 a.m. today at Eagle River.
“It’s the first time either North Pole team has won a game in the state tournament,” Patriots head coach Damon Crutcher said by phone. “The girls played well today and we’re hoping it carries over into tomorrow (today).”
Crutcher coaches the North Pole boys and girls teams, who played in the Division II state tournament last year for the first time in the programs’ histories.
Monroe Catholic boys team reached the Division II fourth-place game after snapping a first-half tie and defeating the Palmer Moose, 3-1, on Friday at West Anchorage.
“The feeling is vindication,” Rams head coach John Mayer said, alluding to a 4-1 loss to Juneau’s Thunder Mountain Falcons on Thursday at Service.
“It’s a very good reward for all the hard work the team has put in this year. It shows a little team from Fairbanks can hold its own against some of the local teams down here.”
Nathan Walsh, a Rams senior, scored in the first half, and freshmen Weston Grahek and Evan Puryear sealed the win in the second half.
Monroe plays Homer for fourth place at 8 a.m. today at West Anchorage.
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