Even though a win would have been better on Wednesday afternoon, the Douglas High boys soccer team was willing to settle for its 1-1 tie at home against Reno.
Tristan Cohee scored to give Douglas (1-3-1 overall) an early lead, and despite giving up the equalizer later on, the Tigers held on to preserve their tie and come away with a point in the Sierra League standings.
“Like I told the team, we should be disappointed with the score line, but we should be pleased with the performance,” Douglas coach Vince Brown said. “I was happy with the way they played. We’ve been trying to find that jell to bring us together and I think we’ve found it.”
The performance will help motivate the Tigers for their contest at 7 p.m. tonight in Reno against Bishop Manogue — and beyond.
“I would say this was one of our best games of the year, and you’re going to see a lot more of that,” senior midfielder Emilio Magana said. “I have faith in our team.”
The goal by Lopez in the opening 15 minutes was certainly welcome, as the Tigers were able to avoid the early deficits that plagued them in previous losses to Reed, Wooster and Galena.
Sophomore Chris McKimmey started the play with a cross from the right side and Cohee, a senior forward, was able to convert a 10-yard shot from the middle of the box.
Reno (2-1-1) came back to tie the score and had some opportunities to surge ahead late. Andy Lopez came up with a big stop in the final 15 minutes — “That was a key tackle on the goal line,” Brown said — and freshman goalkeeper Luke Heinrichs later stopped a shot-range shot to preserve the tie.
The Tigers had scoring opportunities of their own, including two open shots in the final 10 minutes.
“We had our opportunities,” Brown said. “We were just six inches too far or half-a-chance away … I think it’s that confidence thing where you’re more prone on trying too hard to make things happen.”
Dane Olsen, a senior defender, was encouraged by the performance.
“This was the first time we’ve really seen our team work as a unit,” he said. “We see ourselves as a team that’s going to make a run for the playoffs.”