• Lady Mariner Maggie Koplin picks up hat trick against Colony
By Sean Pearson
Homer senior forward Maggie Koplin was on fire last Friday, scoring all three of the Lady Mariners’ goals to pick up her first hat trick of the season in a 3-0 win over visiting Colony.
Koplin credited much of her success to the support of her teammates, and their ability to set up scoring opportunities for her.
The team also got quite a bit of help from senior goalie Rachel Doan, who kept a tight lid on the Homer goal, holding the Lady Knights scoreless throughout the game.
The Lady M’s played to a 1-1 tie against the Houston Hawks in Northern Lights Conference play on Thursday.
The Homer boys found success on Thursday against the Hawks, logging a 4-0 shutout in conference play.
The M’s got off to a strong start in the game, scoring all four of their goals in the first half of play. Junior and right center back Flynn Bloom, who picked up two assists in the game against Houston, said he can see how the Mariners are starting to work together better as a team as the season progresses.
“We are getting to know each other’s playing styles well enough that we can get the ball to where the person is going to be and not to where they were,” he explained. “We still need to work on defending crosses and long throws, as well as having everyone push up when we are on the counter attack.”
Mariner Jake Worsford scored first against the Hawks, picking up an unassisted goal just 30 seconds into the game. Senior Quinn Daugharty scored the Homer’s second goal of the game, finding the back of the net off a Bloom assist less than five minutes later.
Bloom picked up another assist in the 14th minute of play, finding an open Drew Brown for Homer’s third goal of the game. Mariner Max Mangue sealed the home victory for Homer, scoring the M’s fourth and final goal off an assist from Kenneth Schneider.
Goalkeeper Brian Rowe successfully batted away all of Houston’s shots to pick up the shutout.
Unfortunately, it was a different story on Friday, as the M’s fell 0-3 to the Colony Knights.
“I am very happy with how we played this past weekend,” Bloom said of the team’s overall performance. “Colony is easily one of the best or the best team in the state, and we went into the game knowing it was going to be a tough, physical game — and we played hard.”
Both boys and girls teams hosted the Nikiski Bulldogs on Tuesday, but results of the game were not available by press time. The squads face a heavy schedule for the rest of the week, hosting Soldotna this afternoon at 4 and 6 p.m., before traveling north to take on Grace Friday evening. They wrap up their busy weekend with a Saturday game at Palmer.
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