West High Soccer is "Flying High"


by Jake Ryle

ANCHORAGE, Alaska--The West Anchorage High School boys soccer team has succeeded in developing a reputation for scoring offensively in each contest.

In their first five games, the team scored 26 goals--averaging just more than 5 goals per game.

On Wednesday night, the East High Thunderbirds held the number-one ranked team in the Cook Inlet Conference to only one goal.

That goal came in the second half of the match, a goal scored by Ahmed Niass.

"I was lucky because the goalie was on the ground and I was able to get the goal over him." Niass said.

Niass' goal came first off the foot of Davis Ortland--who's shot went left, but was still within reach of the East goalie; however, the goalie couldn't make reel the ball in completely, which left Niass the game's only opportunity to net a goal.

West improves to 6-0-0 this season with the win.

FINAL (boys soccer): West 1, East 0

The girls match of the night pitted the same two teams in the West vs. East rivalry.

Each team was able to tally a goal before going into halftime. During the second half, it would be East striking first with Grace Woern's free kick. The ball floated almost effortlessly over the West High goalie's fingers to the back of the net to give the Thunderbirds a 2-1 lead.

But as fast as the ball traveled into the back of the net for East, the West High Eagles were able to tally a goal. Mya McPherson would set-up Kayle Blackmore for the game-tying goal.

FINAL (girls soccer): West 2, East 2