An early goal, a late comeback and some stout first-half defense weren't enough for the Douglas boys' soccer team against defending regional champion Hug High School Wednesday afternoon.
Hug held on for a 3-2 win despite a couple of solid attempts from Douglas to tie the game in the final two minutes.
"I think we showed ourselves today that if you don't play for periods of time, you can't be successful," Douglas coach Vince Brown said. "We allowed Hug to play their game to start the second half and that was the difference."
Douglas came out strong in the match, taking a lead just 30 seconds in as Jake Passas scored off an assist from Jaden Mustacchio.
Hug tied things up later in the half, but overall, Brown said he was pleased with the first-half performance.
"We got the quick goal and then they scored on a pretty good shot," Brown said.
Hug added a pair of goals in the second half to go up 3-1.
"We got stuck with a team that likes to play the long ball and that hurt us," Brown said. "In those situations, we have to hold them off, we have to get a tackle."
Douglas drew within one in the 78th minute when Audrick Anderson dribbled a cross through the left side to Passas, who put the shot to the near post for the goal.
About a minute later, Douglas nearly tied the game up on a nice shot from 15 yards out off Anderson's foot. Mustacchio then placed a ball just over the crossbar before the final whistle blew.
"We have Carson up here on Saturday and that should be a good game," Brown said. "We're in a situation where we have to get Carson and Damonte to basically stay ahead of Damonte in the standings. These are important games coming up."