• Chilled Lady Marinerss drop first game of the season
By Sean Pearson
After a run of warm and sunny days, Friday’s morning snow and blustery, cold afternoon made for rather miserable soccer spectating conditions at Homer High School’s season-opening games against Wasilla.
The soggy chill did little, however, to dampen the action between teams.
Mariner junior Kenneth Schneider scored two goals, as the M’s weathered the storm and picked up a 3-1 Northern Lights Conference victory over the Warriors.
“Going into the game, I was pretty nervous,” Schneider said. “I wasn’t super confident about our chances against a big school because we had a lot of injuries and players missing school.”
Homer was down a few key players, like Kaec Brinster, Mario Glosser and Ren Carroll, but — as Schneider said — “it all turned out pretty good.”
The M’s opened the scoring, with Schneider finding the back of the net off an assist from Quinn Daugharty. Four minutes later, Max Mangue took another Daugharty assist in for a goal and Homer led 2-0.
Jake Worsford set up the Mariners’ third and final goal of the game, assisting Schneider with his second goal of the game. Wasilla scored in the final three minutes of play, ruining a Homer shutout.
Schneider credits the team’s success to an “awesome defense.”
“Wasilla barely got any shots off,” he said. “And luckily, their defense was a bit slower than our forwards.”
The Mariners host Houston this Thursday, and face Colony on Friday. They take to the home field again on Monday, squaring off against the Stars of Soldotna.
And while Schneider said he doesn’t think the team is playing as well as it can — yet, he knows it’s just a matter of time before the M’s start getting a feel for each other again.
“I think it’s going to be a pretty fun season,” he said.
Despite a game-tying goal by senior Maggie Koplin just 49 seconds into the second half, Homer’s Lady Mariners could not hold off an aggressive Wasilla team, and fell 1-2 in Northern Lights Conference play.
“It was definitely nice to get that goal on Friday,” Koplin said. “I wish we could have gotten a couple more to get the win, but I think overall we played well.”
The game was the first of the season for the Lady M’s, where Homer Head Coach Mickey Todd looks to his seniors for stability and leadership. Koplin is a definite go-to player, and Todd should get a lot of defensive help in the net, as senior goalie Rachel Doan returns from an injury last year.
“Of course, there are going to be a few mistakes and roughness in the first few games of the season,” Koplin said. “But I think the way we played against Wasilla shows how much potential our team has.”
The Lady Warriors field a strong team this year, with had five conference games already under their belts before facing Homer.
“We played them pretty evenly and it wasn’t even our best,” Koplin said. “They are able to play club soccer up in the valley, so a lot of their players get more touches on the ball than we do — and it showed.”
Koplin said there are a few things she would like to see Homer improve on before facing Houston tomorrow.
“Some stuff is just in personal positions, but the other stuff is about communication and possession,” she said. “I have a good feeling about this season and can’t wait to play.”
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