FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The 2019 ASAA Alaska State Tournament for soccer has started off with a bang, as the North Pole Patriots and the Kenai Central Kardinals battled to overtime.
However, the Patriots fell 3-2 to the Kardinals in a tight matchup as Kenai hit the game winner in OT.
The Patriots held the lead late in the second half, until the Kardinals hit a penalty kick force the extra period.
North Pole will now take on the Kodiak Bears in the first round of the consolation bracket, Kodiak is coming off a tough loss to the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears.
This game is slated for 9 A.M. at West Anchorage High School tomorrow.
The West Valley Wolfpack girls' soccer program started their 2019 tournament run with a close loss to the Dimond Lady Lynx.
The Wolfpack couldn't find the back of the net against the second best team out of the Cook Inlet Conference.
The red and gold now face the Service Cougars in the first round of the consolation bracket, which is at 3 P.M. tomorrow at West Anchorage.
Ashlyn Bray was named the West Valley player of the game after only allowing a single in against Dimond.
The 2019 Railbelt Conference awards were released for both the boys and girls soccer programs.
We start with the boys' honorees.
On the first team, for the West Valley Wolfpack we have Ethan Raygor, Kristaps Bareika, Michael Dow and Vaughn Simpson.
For the Lathrop Malemutes, we have Carter Mahler.
Now on the second team, the purple and gold were represented by Baird Reynolds, Ben Kraska and Isaac Dershin.
For the Wolfpack, they had Gabe Zayon.
Now looking at the Good Sport Team, we hav West Valley's Deland Kugaruk and Lathrops Baird Reynolds.
Coach of the Year went to Howard Maxwell of the West Valley Wolfpack.
We now look at the girls' awards.
On the first team, the Wolfpack are represented by Aubrey Stacy and Finn Sprankle.
For the Malemutes, they had both Taylee Ross and Juliana Mondelli.
On the second team, we have Chloe Anderson, Gwen Amos-Well, Mesa Arens and Jarah Hoop for Lathrop.
The red and gold had Megan Dow.
These next players received honorable mentions, and for the Wolfpack they had Maisey O'Neil.
For Malemutes, they had Ellie Lovely.
And for the Good Sport Team we have Lathrop's Abby Arens and West Valley's Megan Dow.