West Valley soccer sweeps Wasilla in Railbelt Conference Action

Updated: May. 7, 2021 at 7:13 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - After both West Valley soccer programs unsatisfyingly tied the Wasilla Warriors during their season-openers, the Wolfpack walked off the pitch Thursday satisfied with wins.

West Valley Girls

In a low-scoring affair that saw two goals in their first meeting, fans of offense got a much better show Thursday with 10 goals. The two Railbelt Conference schools traded scores throughout the first half, knotted at three apiece at the break. West Valley pulled ahead when Izzy Widener got a clean look in front of the net to pocket the goal. Naturally, Wasilla answered back minutes later to tie the game up yet again at four with the second half clock continuing to run.

That is when West Valley senior Aubrey Stacy took over. The future Northern Arizona Lumberjack (Division I) received a throw-in near left corner of the penalty box, juggling it to herself over the defender’s head. One more cross over back to the right foot, Stacy launched a rocket over the goalkeeper’s head to put West Valley back on top. The senior leader would go on to score a header as an insurance goal, adding to her first half goal to complete the hat trick and a West Valley win 6-4. With the Wolfpack putting up more goals than their first go-round with the Warriors, Stacy attributes that to the focus on offense during practice.

“I think it showed that we only worked on offense the past couple weeks because we would score and then the next three minutes we would get scored on,” Stacy said after the victory. “But it was a super fun game to play, it was very energetic, everyone was very riled up, but I really think that it really just showed how good our offense is and I honestly think that Anchorage teams should be scared.”

Ashley Attla and Elena Pritchard also found the back of the net for the Wolfpack. West Valley will take on Colony Saturday, a team they beat 4-0 earlier this year, to continue Railbelt Conference action.

West Valley Boys

As their season-opener with Wasilla ended 0-0, this game had little choice but to have more offense. Sparking that offense, was West Valley’s Seth Phillips, who opened the scoring with a first half goal. The two teams went scoreless until fellow junior Adam Raygor fired a shot over the outstretched hands of the keeper to make it 2-0 midway through the second half. Although Wasilla went on to trim the lead with a goal of their own, West Valley’s defense did enough to keep the Warriors away from net, taking a 2-1 victory. They will also host Colony Saturday, looking to improve upon their 4-0 loss earlier in the season.

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