Story last updated at 1:51 p.m. Thursday, May 9, 2002

Wasilla team edges Homer girls
by Sepp Jannotta
Staff Writer

Homer High School's girls soccer team saw how one player can turn a game around last Friday.

Despite playing most of the game with a Mariner defender shadowing her every move, Wasilla's Christie Hayes proved to be the difference as she launched two long-range shots past the outstretched arms of Homer goalkeeper Chaunna Dietz. The goals gave the Warriors a 2-1 victory in an intensely contested match.

"We made two mistakes and that's what cost us," Mariner coach Mickey Todd said. "They have one player that can shoot from 40 yards and she scored twice from 40 yards."

The Mariner goal came off the foot of Chantrelle Cousins on a feed from Carly Garay.

On Saturday, the Mariners witnessed how the Colony team, stocked with a number of go-to players, was able to quickly put a game away.

After playing the Knights to a respectable 1-0 halftime deficit, the Mariners saw the game slip out of reach as the Knights exploded for four second-half goals en route to a 5-0 win.

Todd said the Knights scored three of their goals on perfectly executed corner kicks, with head balls knocked into the net from the far post.

"Shauna had no chance on those," he said, adding that Deets had probably faced 25 shots during the game. "She made some tremendous saves. It could have easily been 10 or 12 to nothing."

The difficulties with Colony were compounded, according to Todd, by the fact that the Mariners were worn out from Friday's tough contest with Wasilla.

Despite the outcome of the Wasilla game, Mariner sweeper Libby Bushell was upbeat about her team's play.

"I'd say that was about the best game we've ever played," Bushell said. "We really stepped up to the challenge. They're a really good team and we stuck with them."

The two losses moved the Mariners' record to 2-2-1. They are 1-0-1 in conference play, with a three key conference matches this weekend.