Apparently, the Douglas High boys soccer team learned a lesson or two Saturday from its season-opening 3-2 loss against Reed. The Tigers rebounded on Monday night to post a 2-1 victory against North Tahoe.
Coach Vince Brown was encouraged by the improvement he saw between the two games, especially since the Tigers begin their Sierra League season today against Wooster in Reno.
“I think they’re realizing how good they can be,” Brown said before practice on Tuesday afternoon. “They just need to play as a unit, and that’s what they did last night.”
Eman Montoya’s goal put Douglas on top, 1-0, and Gio Hernandez extended the lead to 2-0 with that proved to be the game-deciding goal.
“It was a total team effort,” Brown said.
On Saturday, Reed scored twice in the opening five minutes and eventually built its lead to 3-0 early in the second half before Douglas rallied back.
“We sort of changed up,” Brown said. “I felt the guys were playing too defensively, so we just decided to go for it.”
Montoya scored in the 60th minute and Edgar Hernandez added another goal in the 73rd minute to cut Reed’s lead to 3-2.
“We created some more chances at the end,” Brown said. “We played very well the last 20, 25 minutes. It’s just a shame we didn’t play that way the whole game.”