Homer Alaska - Sports

Story last updated at 6:44 PM on Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Lady soccer shining up game to get jump on training, play

The drivers who chose the girls' soccer car wash at Spenard Builder's Supply's two Saturdays ago put their vehicles in good hands, at the same time helping the high school team take their game a little farther.

Second-year Mariners' Coach Tommie CarlinSchauer operated a car wash in Minnesota for eight years and has coached high school soccer for 14.

The lady Mariners have been practicing their ball game for the past month in the high school gym and tuning up their car washing skills on Lynden Transport trucks in Soldotna.

"We're working hard on raising money so we can get in the Dome a little earlier," CarlinShauer said.

Preliminary girls' soccer schedule

April 30 vs. Kenai Central HS 1 p.m. (JV 11 a.m.)

May 3 at Skyview HS 6 p.m. (JV 4 p.m.)

May 5 vs. Nikiski 4 p.m. (JV 6 p.m.)

May 6 vs. Colony 6 p.m. (JV 4 p.m.)

May 7 vs. Palmer 10 a.m. (JV noon)

May 10 at Seward 5:30 p.m. (JV 3:30 p.m.)

May 11 vs. Soldotna 6 p.m. (JV 4 p.m.)

May 13 vs. Houston 4 p.m. (JV 6 p.m.)

May 14 vs. Wasilla noon (JV 10 a.m.)

May 19-21 Regions at Colony

May 26-28 State at Juneau

Last year the team didn't play a conference game, or outside, until the end of April.

They played Wasilla at the indoor field in Anchorage last Friday and will scrimmage SoHi tomorrow.

If nothing changes, the Ms will face Palmer on the Clark Middle School field in Anchorage Saturday.

Homer lost 7-0 in the Wasilla match, not a bad score for their second time on a full-sized field against a team with 12 seniors.

"That's why we went up there. To play on a big field so we could start getting used to it," CarlinSchauer said.

The team struggled last year, but CarlinSchauer said the entire team is improving.

"There's no question that it was a difficult year, but it was a growing year," he said.

With nine more players and strong options for all positions, the 45-strong squad is deeper all around.

"We're playing better, we're playing stronger, we're playing faster. We need to get outdoors," CarlinSchauer said.

The team is young: only two seniors and a few juniors, but CarlinSchauer said comp programs have paid off.

"The fun thing is that they're all more experienced. Even though they may be younger, they still have more soccer experience as far as playing in club ball, playing more competitive. They've got a real good attitude. They're all committed to doing what they have to do."

As an ongoing fundraiser, the team is offering interior detail work and waxing for one or two cars each weekend. Contact CarlinSchauer at 435-7162 for more information.