FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The State Soccer Championships began this morning down in Anchorage. Two of our interior girl's teams highlighted the morning action. At the Division 2 level, the North Pole Patriots took the Kenai Kardinals to overtime, but fell by a score of 3-2. The Patriots scored first thanks to a goal by Breeauna O'Rear. Kenai would tie it up to bring an end to the first half. The second half once again saw the Patriots take the lead with a penalty kick from Chalayna Culler, but Kenai River once again erased that defecit with a PK of their own to force overtime. The Kardinals would then find the back of the net in that overtime period to advance to the next round. In the Division 1 girl's bracket, West Valley also suffered a one goal loss, falling 1-0 to the Dimond Lynx. Goaltender Ashlyn Bray was named player of the game after allowing only one goal to the Lynx, who came into the tournament at 9-3-1 overall.
"Two members of the Fairbanks Ice Dogs have announced their committment to play hockey at the college level next season. Grant Ledford and Jake Borgida will both be taking their talents to D-3 Programs. "The Hitman" Grant Ledford was named team captain a few weeks into the 2018-2019 season and wore the C on his jersey for the remainder of the year. Ledford, who finished the season with 30 points off of an even 15 goals and assists, quickly became a fan-favorite for his physical style of play and willingness to defend his teammates by any means necessary. He will now skate for Adrian College, a division 3 school in Michigan which happens to be his home state. Borgida, who finished last season with 17 points thanks to 3 goals and 14 assists will now play for Trinity College. The Trinity Bantams are located in Hartford Connecticut and are members of the New England Small School Athletic Conference. The Ice Dogs have now sent 12 players to go compete at the College Level next season."