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Chugiak and Dimond girls meet in soccer match of the day

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The last time the Chugiak girls met Dimond on the soccer pitch the result was an epic 3-2 shootout win for Dimond in the state tournament semifinals.

When the two teams meet Tuesday at The Dome, the competition level might again be fierce, as both teams come in at 2-0.

So far, a major change to the Chugiak roster hasn’t slowed the Mustangs, but the battle with Dimond will likely serve as an indicator of how much they will miss Kelly Cobb.

Cobb, who as a college freshman helped lead Duke to within a game of winning an NCAA title this season, was a dominating force for the Mustangs last season.

Cobb owned a size and speed advantage over nearly every girl in the state. When she wasn’t scoring goals, she was setting up teammates for scores, but Chugiak will have to find a new sparkplug this season.

Susan Fleurant and Catherine Jorgensen notched a pair of hat tricks for the Mustangs in the season opener against Bartlett, a 12-0 win in which senior goalie Bekah Zellars scored her first career goal during rare offensive duty in the second half.

A couple of Dimond players have also racked big goal totals thus far, with Aaliyah Lewis scoring three in a 6-0 win over East and Bobbye Pendelton striking with four goals in an 8-0 win over Bartlett.

The Mustangs and Lynx square off at 6:30 p.m., just after Tuesday’s only other Cook Inlet Conference match between the East and Bartlett girls. That first game is set to start at 4:40 p.m.

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