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Story last updated at 4:29 PM on Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Homer, Palmer end first soccer match of season with 0-0 tie

By Angelina Skowronski
For the Homer News

Escaping from indoor practices, the Mariner boys soccer team made it out on the field for the first time on Saturday, playing against Palmer at The Dome in Anchorage.

Both teams waking from early season training, Homer and Palmer were evenly matched, ending the game in a 0-0 tie.

"We went in with equal footing with Palmer," said Head Coach Warren Waldorf. "We lost to them last year at Regions so this was a bit of a grudge match. There were a few injuries, but we're doing all right."

Going from a 33-by-60-yard indoor space to a 67-by-120-yard outdoor field was quite an adjustment for the team, said Waldorf.

"We were running on a different surface, playing against motivated opponents as opposed to teammates, and leaving at 6 a.m. for the (noon) game," said Waldorf. "This was challenging for us on many levels. We learned more about ourselves this weekend."

The Mariner boys have a week to rest up before their next game against Chugiak on April 20, followed by Grace Christian the next day. Waldorf is hoping to get out on the field for practice sooner than later.

"They had three bobcats out on the field to push snow off of it. The upper field is almost clear of snow so now all we have to do is wait for it to dry," said Waldorf.

The sooner that teams can get outside, the better trained they will be for upcoming games. The disadvantage will come if they are confined to the 33-by-60-yard space.

With the first game of the season behind them, the team can now prepare for what lies ahead.