The Thunder Mountain School boys soccer team gathers before the start of their last game against Juno Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé at Adair Kennedy Stadium. TMHS is playing in Kayhi this week. (KS/KINY)
Juneau, Alaska (KINY) – The Thunder Mountain High School boys soccer team completed their Anchorage road trip over the weekend and are now preparing for two crucial Southeast Conference games in Ketchikan.
TMHS coach Tim Lewis said Anchorage’s wild ride was to “expose the Falcons to tough Division I competition” as they head into their DII SEC finals with the district title and a straight trip to the state on the line.
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The Hawks opened their wild ride with a 4-2 loss to Anchorage Power West.
TMHS senior Philip Lahm scored a goal five minutes into the second half with the help of senior Amon Kawakami. Senior Talon Briggs scored the Falcons’ final goal with the help of young right-back Payton Grant, who hit the ball for Briggs to collect and finish 15 minutes into the second half.
And then the Hawks lost to the service 5-1 on Friday.
“The service has a very talented team and it was a tough match for us because we were running out of numbers due to injuries,” said Lewis. “We hit the goal several times and missed a penalty, which would have given us a strong start had we gone in. I’m proud of the boys because they were competitive and didn’t give up.”
Lamm scored the goal of Falcons in the second half. Junior Mark Raghu made a pass to Lahm who fired from 30 yards and the ball passed the goalkeeper but fell under the right crossbar.
The Falcons then secured a 1-1 draw against Bartlett.
TMHS player John Magalhaes scored inside the penalty area with an assist from Raghu inside the penalty area in the first half.
“We had a lot of breakaway chances and we played in the second half and we couldn’t take advantage of them to finish the match,” said Lewis. “The trip was an eye-opener for a lot of the team in terms of seeing the technical and tactical skills as well as experiencing a higher playing speed necessary to compete against some of the top schools in the state. Both the combined teams and the university teams were effectively playing with one sub each and were competitive, And that’s all I can ask for. I’m so proud of them because they stayed there and didn’t give up.”
The TMHS Junior team won their first game of the year with a 4-1 victory over Bartlett J on Saturday.
TMHS varsity has two wins, two losses, and one draw in the SEC. JDHS is 3-0-2 and Ketchikan is 0-3-1.
TMHS plays in Ketchikan tomorrow and Friday. JDHS hosts TMHS on May 17, and Ketchikan May 20-21.