Posts Tagged: Soccer

Melendez overcomes series of setbacks to author comeback story in NWAC

September 24, 2021

Anchorage’s Kiara Melendez probably thought she was cursed on the soccer field. After a fabulous freshman season at West High, a series of setbacks prevented her from playing the final three seasons for the Eagles. She still dared to dream of playing in college and the Portland Panthers provided that opportunity in the NWAC. “Getting… Read more »

Nowka anchors Jamestown’s 3-0 start with a pair of shutouts

September 9, 2021

Anchorage’s Alex Nowka of the University of Jamestown has anchored her soccer team’s 3-0 start to the NAIA season. The junior goalkeeper has allowed only one goal while posting two shutouts as the Jimmies have outscored the opposition 8-1 so far. Nowka, of South High fame, has posted 13 shutouts and a sparkling 0.92 goals… Read more »

New school, same playmaker; Miller pays immediate dividends

August 28, 2021

Juneau’s Malia Miller continues to tear it up in the NWAC – no matter which soccer team she plays for. The Peninsula College newcomer had a dazzling debut after notching a goal and two assists for a career-high four points in an 11-0 win over Centralia in Tukwila, Washington. Miller racked up two assists inside… Read more »

Stacy keeps Alaska soccer pipeline flowing to Northern Arizona

August 18, 2021

Aubrey Stacy of Fairbanks wasn’t surprised to find out that she will be the fifth Alaska woman since 2011 to play soccer at Northern Arizona University. If anything, it validated her decision. “We do have the talent to produce Division I players and Flagstaff is a great place for Alaska kids,” she said. “NAU is… Read more »

Vargas makes MLS debut at 15, third-youngest in league history

July 23, 2021

He’s not old enough to get his driver’s license, but Anchorage’s Obed Vargas did chauffeur in a new era for Alaska soccer. The 15-year-old made his Major League Soccer debut and became the third-youngest player to appear in the country’s premier league. The marvelous midfielder started for the Seattle Sounders and played 77 minutes in… Read more »

Touray, Burgess, Naylor represent AK on NWAC All-Decade Team

July 11, 2021

Three Alaskans were named to the 2010s NWAC All-Decade Team. The two-year college league recognized Anchorage’s Bubacar Touray as a First Team selection for men’s soccer, Eagle River’s Ashlynn Burgess as a Second Team pick for women’s basketball and Anchorage’s Zak Naylor as a Third Team choice for men’s soccer. The NWAC is comprised of… Read more »

Soccer standout Johnson named Alaska Athlete of the Week

May 25, 2021

Anchorage’s Keith Johnson was named the Alaska Athlete of the Week after he joined some of the biggest names in soccer in being selected one of 20 finalists for the National Soccer Hall of Fame. The two-time Paralympian from Alaska is listed alongside legendary names David Beckham, Hope Solo and Thierry Henry as finalists. Johnson was… Read more »

Johnson among 20 finalists for National Soccer Hall of Fame

May 21, 2021

Anchorage’s Keith Johnson has joined some of the biggest names in soccer after being selected one of 20 finalists for the National Soccer Hall of Fame. The two-time Paralympian from Alaska is listed alongside legendary names David Beckham, Hope Solo and Thierry Henry. “Being nominated is a wonderful honor,” Johnson said. “I’m lucky to be… Read more »

Soccer prodigy Vargas named Alaska Athlete of the Week

May 17, 2021

Anchorage soccer player Obed Vargas was named Alaskas Athlete of the week after turning in an outstanding professional soccer debut for the Tacoma Defiance of the United Soccer League. The midfielder started in his first game and at age 15, was the youngest player on the field. He clocked 66 minutes in the 1-1 tie with… Read more »