The Redington girls soccer team has made school history. The Huskies captured the Northern Lights Conference title and will compete in the state tournament for the first time.
“It’s a very exciting time for us,” Redington head coach Francisco Campbell said Wednesday afternoon.
Redington, which faces Thunder Mountain Thursday at 7 p.m. at West Anchorage High School during the first round of the ASAA/First National Bank Division II State Soccer Championships, is in its fifth season as a program.
“We’ve been building,” Campbell said.
Campbell said Redington was able to co-op with the Our Lady of the Valley private school, which helped with participation.
‘We have good numbers,” Campbell said. “Everybody showed up. Everybody played hard. Everybody listened.”
Campbell said the Our Lady of the Valley athletes added pieces they were able to build with.
“Basically, we put them in the right spot and it paid off,” Campbell said. “It just came together.”
Redington scored a key 3-1 win over Palmer late in the season. The Huskies also swept a pair of matches against Grace Christian, winning 2-0 and 2-1.
Campbell said the play of Hailey Stoker has been key for the Huskies.
“She’s the real rock of our team,” Campbell said. “Normally we put her on defense because she can really hold it together. But once I put her up top she’s still that big danger. She can make a decision to dribble and go shoot or make the pass to the person in the right spot.”
Freshman Mya Campbell has also made an early impact, leading the team in goals.
The head coach said his Huskies are enjoying the opportunity.
“We made history. We are going to state,” Campbell said. “We’re going to go there and do our best.”
Redington is one of six Valley teams that will compete in state tourneys in two different divisions. Palmer, which finished second in the conference, is also on the Division II girls bracket. The Moose face Juneau-Douglas Thursday at 9 a.m. at Eagle River High School.
The Palmer boys finished tied with Grace Christian as the co-champs in the NLC, and advanced to the Division II tournament. Palmer faces Soldotna Thursday at 11 a.m. at Eagle River in the quarterfinals.
The Colony boys and girls, and Wasilla girls advanced to the Division I tournaments. The Colony boys won the Railbelt Conference, and will play South Anchorage Thursday at 5 p.m. in the quarterfinals.
The Colony girls finished tied for first in the conference, but lost the tiebreaker. Colony opens with Chugiak Thursday at 11 a.m. at Service High. Wasilla, which finished third in the conference, meets South Anchorage in the girls quarterfinals Thursday at 11 a.m. at West.
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