Homer Alaska - Sports

Story last updated at 9:47 PM on Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Girls soccer focuses on skills, tie two games

The Homer girls showed their soccer skills can match their stellar attitudes with two ties and a loss last week.

In Nikiski Thursday, the Lady Mariners netted the first goal in what Head Coach Tommie CarlinSchauer called a great game.

"It was exactly what they've been working on. It was a gorgeous goal," he said.

The girls demonstrated their best passing and possession of the year, holding Niksiki scoreless until deep into the second half.

They had a hard let down by Colony at home Friday with an 8-0 loss. Though it was frustrating for the Ms, the game didn't kill them. CarlinSchauer said they played strong and were able to refocus on practicing their footwork and goalsaving.

On Saturday, they shut out Palmer, a first for the team this year and for freshman goalkeeper Rachel Doan's career.

Homer didn't score, though they set up some good opportunities. But they didn't lose 7-0 either, like they did last time they played Palmer.

"It ended up being a tie, but it looked like a huge improvement. So it's good, we're happy," CarlinSchauer said.

They lost 0-3 to Seward Tuesday.

They'll play at Nikiski 6 p.m. Friday and host Wasilla at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Saturday is senior recognition day for the soccer teams.