West Valley girls and North Pole boys going to state in soccer

NORTH POLE, AK-The West Valley girls get revenge with a 2-0 win over North Pole to punch their ticket to the state soccer tournament. The Wolfpack avenge a loss to Hutchison that occurred in the first game of the season. Hutchison beat West Valley 3-1 this year

But Audrey Wade puts it home for West Valley ten minutes into the game for an early 1-0 lead. Wade aka Audi was in another gear. Maddison Ackiss with the nice pass to Wade who gets the kind roll and bounce off of the post for another score. Jasmine Bourne shutout the Hawks with 10 saves and West Valley wins 2-0 over Hutchison for their seventh straight region title.

"Hutch deserved all the confidence they had; they had a really good season. I think that West Valley has a really strong tradition in girls' soccer and the fact that we were the number 2 seat really ate at the girls so they really worked hard and this game meant a lot to them," West Valley girls soccer coach Greg Gibson said.

Wade talks about the mentality here and teammates had coming into the conference championship.

"We wanted it a lot more; last time we played Hutch we got destroyed so this time we wanted revenge," Wade said. "It was really important; like our seniors have been to state every year for like the entire year they've been at West Valley so we really wanted to win, we didn't want to be the first break in the streak."

In boys soccer North Pole Patriots win 3-1 over West Valley to secure their spot in the state tournament. It's the first trip to state for North Pole since 2006.

Patriots' goalie Brady Crane was great with some fantastic saves in the first half which went scoreless.

How about this for a big game goal? A long distance goal by defenseman Garrett Wollmann from 45 yards away and itt goes through the keeper's hands who was playing with the sun in eyes.

"It was pretty good; defender scoring was pretty cool," Wollmann said. "When we played them before their goalie kept on just standing out there so I just went for it, went for the shot."

Then senior Anthony Gibson scores three minutes later and now it's 2-0 North Pole looking to runaway with this one but West Valley's David Carr said hold up. Carr converts a corner kick with a header for West Valley making it a 2-1 game. That's the first goal Crane gave up all season.

But Pablo, Rapheal Martinez puts this game away with ten minutes left and North Pole goes undefeated in the MAC with a 3-1 win over West Valley.

"It was the best thing I ever felt; winning against West Valley. We losing to them 3 times in a row, you know, it just feels good; especially on our home field," team captain and forward Gibson said.

Jordan Clark, North Pole's co-coach talked about the great play of his Crane.

"I mean, he not really a goal keeper by trade but he gets the job done and well," Clark said. Clark went to say how important a moment the win is for the North Pole soccer program.

"I mean, it's big, I mean it's been a long time and the last time we went I was a senior so I mean, it's good to be able to take, you know, the next group of kids back to state and represent North Pole," Clark said.

North Pole goes a perfect 7-0 winning the Mid Alaska Conference regular season and tournament championships.