The Seward Phoenix Log - News of the Eastern Kenai Peninsula since 1966

By Tommy Wells
Seward Phoenix LOG 

Lady 'Hawks close out season with solid effort against Wasilla


Tia Miranda and Basil Dougherty didn't get to experience a storybook ending to their Seward High School soccer careers on Friday afternoon. But it was pretty close.

Playing in front of their home fans, the Lady Seahawks celebrated "Senior Day" by pushing the Wasilla Lady Warriors' junior varsity to the brink in a 1-0 battle on the SHS soccer field. Wasilla managed to escape Seward's upset bid thanks to a goal early into the second half.

"I thought we played great," said Seward head coach James Wayne. "This is probably the best game we played all year. They (his players) showed a lot of heart and played well against Wasilla."

Defensively, Seward shut down the Lady Warriors' outside throughout the first half. Seward limited Wasilla to just four shots on goal in the first half, all of which were easily defended by goalie Naomi Ifflander.

Wasilla managed to take advantage of a lineup change early in the second to break the 0-0 deadlock. They Lady Warriors managed to drive a 15-foot kick past Ifflander for a 1-0 cushion.

Seward girls' soccer coach James Wayne talks with his team during the half of the Lady Seahawks' game with Wasilla. The SHS girls closed out the year with a 1-0 loss.

Wasilla didn't have much time to enjoy the lead, however, Seward answered the Lady Warriors' goal with three quick threats, including a corner kick by Miranda less than 2 minutes after Wasilla's goal. The Lady Warriors managed to smother Miranda's kick in front of the goal. Moments later, Kaylee Brockman broke free and delivered a shot that sailed to the right.

Ashley Guernsey also took a shot at the WHS net moments later.

Ifflander starred in the goal for the Lady Seahawks. She stopped four Wasilla shots on the net in the final 30 minutes of play.

"I think we played pretty well," said Doughtery. "We played hard the entire game and didn't give up."

Miranda agreed.

"We did a lot of passing and communicated really well today," she said. "We created some chances for ourselves and that what we were trying to do. I really think we played a good game."

Dougherty and Miranda were both honored after the game by SHS officials and their teammates, which presented each with several gifts and an autographed soccer ball.

With the loss, Seward finished its season at 2-8.


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