Girls Soccer: Douglas blasts McQueen in first round of playoffs |

Girls Soccer: Douglas blasts McQueen in first round of playoffs

by Joey Crandall

The Douglas High girls’ soccer team, boosted by a standout performance from freshman McKenna Kynett, rolled its way into the Northern Division Regional semfinals with a 7-1 win over McQueen in Minden Tuesday night.

Kynett scored four goals in the win, running her season total to 28 on the year – just one shy of the school and state 4A/large-school record of 29 set in 2008 by Ally Freitas.

“She’s just got a nose for the goal,” Douglas coach Lorraine Fitzhugh said. “She’s the best freshman I’ve had. Her skills, overall ability and soccer IQ at this point are just so high. She had a great game tonight.”

Not that Kynett’s effort overwhelmed the rest of the squad Tuesday night.

Douglas got up on a crossing shot from Lindsey Adams in the 16th minute and never looked back. Kynett added goals in the 33rd, 28th, 46th and 62nd minutes – the last coming on an assist from Lexie Weaver.

McQueen got its lone goal on a penalty kick in the 54th minute, but then Weaver finished things off offensively with a goal in the 77th minute and another in the 79th minute on a nice chip shot from 15 yards out.

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Camry Varble, Caitlyn Bidart and Kassidy Freitas led a strong effort in the midfield and Ericka Arellano, Carly Johnson, Hannah Coverley and Megan Sheets limited the McQueen offense to minimal shots.

“They are coming along nicely,” Fitzhugh said. “Sometimes it seems like they have eyes in the backs of their heads with some of the combinations they are able to string together.

“Overall, we were pleased. There were still areas where we broke down, but they were able to pull together and work through the kinks. It’s quite a unified team and they play like it.”

Douglas (17-3) next plays Reno, a surprise 3-0 winner over Manogue in the first round, at 4 p.m. Thursday at Damonte Ranch High school in Reno.

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