The Seward High Seahawks Soccer teams ended their season this weekend with a win on Saturday. Our nine-member Boys Varsity team beat Skyview 4-3 at Skyview when challenged by nine of their players on the field, ending the season on a high note. It was a game that was both sunny and intermittently hailed on. Friday, they forfeited the game with the season’s star team, Homer, in part due to lack of players, but scrimmaged with them anyway, in freezing rain and wind. Homer generously gave us three of their own team’s players (including a goalie) to help even out the score for that scrimmage. We lost anyway.
The Seward boys team has been seriously undermanned all season, with many boys choosing to run track and field events instead, and a snow-covered home field that allowed no home games or outdoor practice. It’s been an uphill battle playing nine players against teams of 11, with many more fresh opponents waiting on the sidelines to go into the game. Luckily, we suffered no injuries.
Meanwhile, the girls had enough players to field both Varsity and Junior Varsity teams this season. They were defeated by the Homer teams Friday, but the Seward JV girls team tied Skyview, and the girls varsity got two goals to their opponent’s four.
Weather-related cancellations, and several boys being in a high school play, etc, also made things difficult for the short-handed team. The boys soccer team played four games this week alone, and the girls who played on both Varsity and Junior Varsity teams played in two games on some those four days, and everyone was seriously tired. The Girls Varsity lost to Nikiski 1-4 on Tuesday, but tied Houston at the Anchorage dome 1-1. The boys were coached by Dustin Phillips. The girls were coached by Tim Lebling.
We admire their grit and determination in the face of adversity. Go Seahawks!