Homer soccer trips up SoHi at regional tourney
May 25th | Sean Pearson
Mariners earn fourth state berth in six years
Homer junior Charles Rohr took advantage of a distracted Soldotna goalie on Saturday to drill two long-distance shots into the SoHi net and give his Mariner teammates a 2-1 victory and their fourth trip to State in six years.
The Stars led 1-0 at the half, but Rohr found the back of the net from 50 yards out in the 57th minute to tie the game. Just 22 minutes later, he scored again â€” this time from 40 yards out.
"That doesn't happen very often, and I was shocked they went in," Rohr said of his long-range scoring. "He (goalie) was just wandering off his line a little too much, and I was able to put the ball right over his head and in."
The Mariners opened the regional tourney last Thursday with a 1-0 win over Wasilla, but then fell to the Colony Knights 0-2 in Friday play.
"In our first game, we got a lucky opportunity and were able to take advantage of it; then we just shut the other team down the rest of the game," said Homer goaltender Kenny Cortez. "And even though we didn't win the second game, we played a great game team-wise and learned a lot."
Cortez added that, when the team was down and struggling in the game against Soldotna, they were able to rally around Rohr's goal and get back on track.
"Daniel (Reutov) brought a lot of energy out onto the field when he got subbed back in," Cortez said. "I had a couple nice saves and was glad I was able to come through when the team needed me most."
Homer soccer is headed to Eagle River today to open State play, and Rohr said the team is pumped up for the opportunity to go to State.
"We can't wait to play," he said. "We still have some problems here and there, but I think overall we are playing great defensively â€” and that's really paying off."
The Lady Mariner soccer team left the regional tournament early, but placed Ali McCaron on the girls first all-Northern Lights Conference team, and Megan Pitzman to the second team.
Simon Dye and Rohr were named to the boys all-conference first team, and Oliver Beck and Charlie Menke earned second-team honors.