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Story last updated at 4:46 PM on Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Mariner boys bring back soccer wins from valley

By Angelina Skowronski
For the Homer News

The Homer High School soccer teams made their way to the Mat-Su Borough last weekend, bringing back victories.

The boys team tied Wasilla in a scoreless game, beat Colony 3-2 and Palmer 1-0.

The girls had three tough losses against the top teams in the division.

"This is my fifth year coaching and we have never tied or beat Wasilla or Colony," said head boys coach Warren Waldorf. "The boys are 5-0-1 now and that is unheard of."

The shutout game against Palmer on Saturday was the third shutout this season for goal keeper Grant Arseneau. The Mariners refused to let the Moose past them. Konstantin Reutov scored the only goal of the game, assisted by Kyle Wisner.

"Palmer was really pressing in the last 20 minutes of the game. You could tell they really wanted another goal, but those guys held them back," said Waldorf. "I'm proud of the way these guys are playing."

Against Colony on Friday, Lennert Von Schlichting scored the first two goals of the game, assisted by Reutov for the first and Mario Glosser for the second. Kyle Wisner scored the winning goal of the game, assisted by Vegard Unhjem and Von Schlichting.

"As long as we can keep these guys healthy and happy, good things can happen," said Waldorf.

The JV boys also saw a successful weekend, winning all three valley games.

The varsity girls struggled in the their games, resulting in a scoreless weekend.

"Any time a school of 350 plays against a school of 1300, the odds are never fair," said head girls soccer coach Mickey Todd. "The girls played exceptionally hard and never quit. I am proud of them."

Playing the top four teams in the division at the beginning of the season is always hard, says Todd.

"The girls have a positive attitude and they are going to do some good things these next few weeks," said Todd.

The JV girls had a mixed bag weekend with a 1-0 loss to Wasilla, a 2-2 tie with Colony and a 1-0 win against Palmer. Injuries and sickness set the team back according to head girls JV coach Anna Fischer.

"They didn't give up and kept playing hard," said Fischer.