Mariner boys and girls soccer went up against Wasilla and Houston over the April 29 and 30 weekend. Both teams lost the conference game against Wasilla, putting Homer’s varsity girls at 1-3 in conference and the boys at 0-4. The game against Houston was non-conference.
Homer plays three home games May 5-7. Houston has a second chance against the Mariners, this time in a conference game, today. Girls varsity plays at 4 p.m. and boys play at 6 p.m. Friday is the regular season’s only game against Colony with boys playing at 4 p.m. and girls at 6 p.m. Finally, Homer plays their only regular season game against Palmer on Saturday with the girls game at 11 a.m. and the boys game at 1 p.m.
Homer girls 4, Houston 1
Homer rose up against Houston on Saturday and came back to Homer with a 4-1 win under their belt. The visiting Mariners moved to 5-4 overall with a comeback victory over the Hawks on Saturday.
Houston scored in the first few minutes of the game, but Uliana Reutov and Sam Draves had Homer up 2-1 at halftime. Reutov and Rachel Ellert scored in the second half to salt away the game.
Homer coach Mike Tozzo said Ali McCarron was solid in the net despite playing with an injury.
He said Ellert, Reutov, Draves and Brenna McCarron controlled the midfield, while Kaela Jiron, Kimberly Lynn and Brenna McCarron were solid on the back line.
“We played well Friday but things didn’t fall our way,” Tozzo said. “It was good to come back today and regroup.”
Tozzo added that Homer hosts Valley teams Thursday, Friday and Saturday, allowing for key preparation for the conference tournament.
Wasilla girls 3, Homer 0
The visiting Mariners fell to 4-4 overall with the Friday shutout loss to the Warriors in Northern Lights Conference action.
Tozzo said his squad did a great job sticking with the bigger Warriors squad for most of the match.
“I told them at halftime that it was the best half of soccer we played all year-round,” Tozzo said.
Wasilla scored toward the end of the first half, then scored twice quickly in the middle of the second half to put the game away.
Tozzo said Alison McCarron moved into the net and did a good job, allowing Sam Draves to roam the midfield.
The coach also said left midfielder Megan Pitzman, center back Brenna McCarron and right back Kaela Jiron had solid games.
“We got a lot of looks on goal, we just couldn’t quite finish,” Tozzo said.
Homer boys 11, Houston 0
Homer boys took down Houston with an 11-0 shutout on Saturday.
Wasilla boys 2, Homer 0
Wasilla got the upper hand on Homer, finishing the game on Friday with a 2-0 shutout. Homer dropped to 2-6 overall, but Mariners coach Warren Waldorf left with an optimistic attitude.
“It was probably our best game of the year so far,” Waldorf said. “We’re probably just going to get better.”