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Story last updated at 8:11 PM on Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Boys soccer seeded first in south division, girls end season


Photographer: Lindsay Johnson, Homer News

Homer players, in the light colored shirts, press toward the Houston goal last Friday. At right,


Photographer: Lindsay Johnson, Homer News

Lady Mariners, in the light colored shirts, run for the ball in their final season game against Wasilla.

Today the Mariner boys soccer team heads into Northern Lights Conference tournament ranked no. 1 in the southern division.

They play Palmer, ranked fourth in the northern division, for the chance to advance to two more games and a shot at state.

Homer earned its spot by tying Soldotna 1-1 last Wednesday, topping off an undefeated season in the southern division.

Homer beat third-place Nikiski 2-1 and fourth Kenai Central 3-1.

Lewis Koplin assisted Izzy Mohamed for Homer's sole goal.

"I guess 1-1 on that day made sense," Head Coach Warren Waldorf said.

Though the Ms only beat one of the northern division teams, Waldorf said they are currently injury free and confident going into regions.

The boys lost a close 1-0 game to Palmer and 3-0 to top-ranked Colony two weeks ago; their first and only game against Grace Christian, seeded second in the north, was cancelled.

Last Friday, they took out Houston 8-0.

Kyle Wisner, Quinn Daugherty, Carson Duggar, Andre Lovett, Connor McCarron and Robin Glosser netted goals. Robert Lewis, Bjorn Klaar, Daugherty, Mario Glosser and Konstantin Reutov made assists.

Though they held Wasilla to one point the next day, the Mariners didn't score.

A 1-0 loss felt a lot better than the more-than-5-point-spread of years gone by.

"Probably we've earned a little more respect then we've had in the past," Waldorf said.

He said the team has improved substantially from last year and throughout the season.

"The kids just keep getting better. Especially defensively," he said. "Now it's just a matter of can we find a way to score against those teams that also have really good defense."

Colony hosts the region III/4A tournament today through Saturday.

The junior varsity team topped off their season Saturday with a 1-1 tie against Wasilla, ending with an overall record of 2-2-3.

The lady Mariners have been pulling off great passing combinations lately, but they'll have to continue practicing in the postseason.

Homer lost 4-0 to Soldotna last Wednesday, 2-1 to Nikiski Friday and 7-0 to Wasilla Saturday to wrap up their 2011 soccer season.

Maggie Koplin, assisted by Sarah Andrew, netted the goal against Nikiski near the end of the first half.

Head Coach Tommie CarlinSchauer said the young team members are getting better at individual skills and simply need more game experience.

"We're going to try to work hard this summer, try to get them playing as much as they can," he said.