Prep soccer roundup: Homer sweeps Palmer; SoHi, Kenai lose in Valley

On a road trip last weekend, the Homer soccer teams had mixed results, with the boys winning two games and the girls winning one and losing one.

The Homer boys notched a 5-0 nonconference victory over Palmer last Thursday.

The Mariners (6-3-2 overall) did not have any subs, but still got the shutout from Clayton Beachy. Daniel Reutov had a pair of goals, while Phinny Weston, Dexter Lowe and Eyoab Knapp added tallies.

“The kids played really well tonight,” Homer coach Warren Waldorf said. “The Palmer coach, and especially the assistant coach, was blown away by our passing game tonight. I don’t know how many times Daniel hit the frame with rockets.”

Homer girls 4, Palmer 2

The visiting Mariners improved to 7-1-4 by topping the Moose in nonconference play.

Aiyana Cline and Sela Weisser put Homer up 2-0 after the first half.

In the second half, Homer went against the wind and seven minutes in, the Moose cut the lead to 2-1

“It was just pouring rain, blowing sideways,” Homer coach Mike Tozzo said. “Through the second half, it looked like it could by anybody’s game. The girls did a good job of keeping their composure.”

Kappa Reutov scored for a 3-1 lead, but Palmer cut it to 3-2. With three minutes left, Eve Brau crossed to Zoe Stonorov to clinch it.

The Mariners were missing senior defender Kim Lynn, but freshman Debbie Weisser did a good job filling it. Tozzo said Daisy Kettle, Alyssum Veldstra and Summer McGuire also were great on defense.

Homer plays Wasilla on Friday at 5 p.m. and Houston at noon Saturday.

Wasilla girls 4, Homer 1

The Mariners fell to 7-2-4 with the loss on the road, but Mariners head coach Mike Tozzo was more than happy with what his team got out of the game.

“It was a battle,” Tozzo said. “There was quite a bit of pushing and shoving. It was good to have a game like that. They were exhausted. I really felt like they left everything on the field.”

Homer went up 1-0 on a goal by Sela Weisser, assisted by Eve Brau. It was 1-1 at halftime before the Warriors were able to take control.

“To go ahead like that was super cool,” Tozzo said. “The girls were elated. I’ve never seen them celebrate that much before.”

Tozzo reserved special praise for Brau and goalie Ali McCarron, who stopped a penalty kick and made many other great saves.

Homer boys 1, Wasilla 0

The Mariners moved to 7-3-2 with the nonconference win over the Warriors.

Homer took a 1-0 lead at the break on a goal by Eyoab Knapp, assisted by Daniel Reutov.

Homer coach Warren Waldorf was very happy with the way his squad closed out the win, especially because there were only 11 varsity players. Knapp was injured and had to be replaced by a JV player late.

“We created a bunch of good chances in the second half,” Waldorf said. “It wasn’t like we gave up on the attack, but we played defense first. We played tough, tough defense.”

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