Goals in the opening minutes of each half on Saturday helped spark the Douglas High girls soccer team to a 4-1 “Senior Day” victory against Sierra League rival Bishop Manogue.
McKenna Kynett scored in the fourth minute to give Douglas (10-1-2) an early lead and then she provided an assist as Lexi VonSchottenstein scored in the 47th minute to give the Tigers a lead they never relinquished at Keith Roman Field.
A big win? Just ask junior goalkeeper Corryne Millet.
“Very much so,” Millet said. “It definitely sends a message to the other teams we’re not backing down, that we’re here to win and we’re not going to stop until we do.”
The Tigers improved their record to 11-1-2 on Monday night with an 8-0 win at Hug.
Douglas coach Jenny Jaggard was well aware that Manogue (4-8-1) had knocked Carson from the unbeaten ranks just one week before. And the coach specifically wanted to avoid having to play from behind against the Miners.
“We talked before the game about setting the tone in the first 10 minutes, and that’s exactly what the girls did,” Jaggard said.
“This was a big win for us,” she added. “The girls wanted it for our seniors and they won as a team.”
With the score tied 1-1 early in the second half, VonSchottenstein blasted a high shot from the left side that cleared the goalkeeper and just under the crossbar. Kynett was credited with an assist.
VonSchottenstein scored again in the 69th minute when she recovered the ball on the left side of the net and drilled a shot past the goalkeeper to extend the lead to 3-1. Kynett scored her second goal two minutes later on a follow shot in front of the net.
Manogue tied the score when Marin Zaccheo took the ball away on the left wing and angled a shot to the far post.
The Miners had an opportunity to go up 2-1 three minutes into the second half on a 35-yard free kick that eluded Millet’s hands, glanced off the crossbar and came down just short of the goal line.
“It was right next to the line, which was too close for comfort,” Millet said. “That was a good lesson about punching the ball out instead of trying to catch it, but you always learn from games.”
Douglas 7, McQueen 1
Douglas was coming off a 7-1 win on Tuesday against McQueen in Reno.
Junior midfielder Silvia Fernstrom scored the Tigers’ first goal. Kynett scored off an assist from VonSchottenstein. Emily Lawrence extended the lead, assisted by VonSchottenstein late in the first half.
Kynett scored her second goal after the intermission, again assisted by VonSchottenstein. Fernstrom scored her second goal after a pass from VonSchottenstein. Kynett followed with her third goal and Hannah Coverley scored the last goal on VonSchotenstein’s fourth assist of the day.
Hannah Mora and Holland Chambers scored goals to put Douglas on track to a 3-0 win against Manogue. Chambers also had an assist on Mora’s goal.
Goalkeeper Morgan Weston was credited with the shutout, assisted by a defense led by Sydney Woodward, Aimee Santos, Baylee Robinson, Emily Muller, Jena Schramm and Julia Weston.