FAIRBANKS — The Lathrop Malemutes and West Valley Wolfpack tuned up for tonight’s showdown with the Lathrop Malemutes by sweeping their Mid Alaska Conference high school soccer opponents Friday night.
The West Valley teams blanked North Pole, with the girls taking the first game of the doubleheader 3-0 and the Wolfpack boys following with a 7-0 win.
Chad Stuart registered a hat trick to lead the way for West Valley in the boys game, with Carl Bridwell, Danny Alas, Luke Carson and Nicholas Joehill each getting one goal.
Bridwell scored off a corner kick 12 minutes into the game, and that was all the Wolfpack needed.
Stuart scored at the 25:30 mark of the first half to make it 2-0 and wrapped up the scoring with goals three minutes apart midway through the second half.
West Valley led 4-0 at the break and never looked back.
“We got thumped,” North Pole coach Rob Martinez said. “We had no answer to anything they had.
“They have a very good team that works very well together.”
West Valley keeper Tyler Brose made three saves.
West Valley coach Howard Maxwell said his team is looking forward to tonight’s showdown against the rival Malemutes.
“This is not a game where you have to make a lot of rah-rah speeches about to get up for it,” Maxwell said.
Details on the girls game were not available at press time.
Tonight’s games are at the Lathrop Football Stadium, with the girls playing at 5:30 p.m. and the boys at 7:15 p.m.
Keri-Lyn Fitzgerald scored a hat trick in the second half to help snap a scoreless deadlock and give the Lathrop Malemutes a 4-1 victory over the Hutchison Hawks in Friday night’s Mid Alaska Conference girls game at Allridge Field.
The teams played scoreless in the first half and Fitzgerald made it 1-0 by finishing a free kick with a head shot.
“I don’t know if it was attitude or energy, but we had been playing flat. That goal kind of sparked us,’’ Lathrop coach Danny Gibson said. “Everyone started playing with renewed energy and all of a sudden, things started clicking for us.”
Christine Angell had a goal for the Malemutes (2-1-3) and Katie Hovda distributed two assists. Haley Kennedy and Ashley Romans also contributed assists.
Yada Davis scored for the Hawks (1-3-0).
“Considering that we have a lot of girls who don’t have a lot of experience in soccer, I was really proud of how they played,” Hutchison coach Dave Veazy said. “They held them 0-0 in the first half and that was fabulous.”
Alan Riley scored twice, as the Lathrop Malemutes earned a 5-1 victory over the Hutchison Hawks in Friday night’s boys game at Allridge Field.
Kris Van Flein, Steven Temple and Patrick Lasall provided the other scores for the Malemutes (4-1-1).
Kris Kozak scored in the second half for the Hawks (1-3-1).
West Valley starting pitcher Rylin Yawney threw six strong innings and Drew Vandermeer was effective in relief in the bottom of the seventh inning to secure an 18-4 victory over the host North Pole Patriots in Friday night’s Mid Alaska Conference high school baseball game.
West Valley head coach Dave Hall, whose team improved to 2-0 conference and 2-4 overall, said the Wolfpack were solid on Wright Field at Newby Park.
“We hit the ball well tonight,” Hall said by phone. “Whenever they started something, our defense rose up and made some good plays and it kind of extinguished their rally. I was pleased with our offense and the way our defense played some great pitching.”
West Valley plays at noon today against the Lathrop Malemutes at ARCO Field. The Malemutes are also 2-0 in conference play.
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