Caitlyn Bidart and Camry Varble converted second half goals on Friday to lift Douglas High to a 3-1 Sierra League girls soccer victory against Bishop Manogue in Reno.
Bidart scored on a follow shot to break a 1-1 tie and Varble later added some insurance when the center midfielder blasted in a long shot to help Douglas (5-0) win on a blustery afternoon in one of its toughest challenges to date this season.
“Manogue is a good team,” Douglas coach Jenny Jaggard said. “They’re a physical team and this was really the first time we’ve been challenged like that. It was good for us because we’re going to see other physical teams coming up pretty soon.”
McKenna Kynett scored a goal, assisted by Sam Crawford, to give Douglas a 1-0 lead. The Miners answered with a goal of their own, however, to create the tie that stood at halftime.
“We had the wind at our backs the first half and they started playing long ball; I think they thought that was the best way to score, and didn’t play at all to our potential,” Jaggard said. “The second half, they showed up and actually played our game. They passed the ball around, they kept their shape, and won as a team.”
Corryne Millett played the first half as the Tigers’ goalkeeper and freshman Grace Brooks held Manogue scoreless in the second half to preserve the victory.
“She did a really good job of handling the pressure,” Jaggard said of Brooks, who was credited with three saves.
Another bright spot for the Tigers was the play of Crawford, according to Jaggard.
“She just played very well as far as assisting the offense and creating a lot of opportunities,” the coach said.
The Tigers play host to Spanish Springs on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in the makeup of a game postponed on Aug. 30 due to smoke.
Hannah Mora’s unassisted goal was the difference for the Douglas junior varsity in its 1-0 victory against Bishop Manogue.
The Douglas JV team is now 4-1 on the season.
Goalkeeper Morgan Weston earned credit for the shutout, assisted by a defense led by Payson Coverley, Aimee Santos, Sydney Woodward, Emily Muller, and Jena Schramm.
The Tigers took 16 shots on goal.