CARSON CITY — Carson High’s girls soccer team remained in first place in the Sierra League after battling rival Douglas to a scoreless draw Tuesday night.
The tie leaves Carson at 7-0-1 and Douglas at 6-0-2. The rematch comes in the last regular-season match of the season on Oct. 29.
“It was not the outcome we were hoping for,” Douglas coach Jenny Jaggard said. “That can sometimes happen when you’re playing a good team. I feel like we possessed the ball more than Carson. It was a good match. I thought we lacked some creativity up top.”
Neither of the top scorers, Douglas’ McKenna Kynett or Carson’s Josilyn Daggs, were big factors in the game. Kynett managed just two shots on goal and Daggs had just one. Unofficially, Douglas outshot Carson 9-4.
“McKenna is a little off her game,” Jaggard said. “She’s had an injury. The timing was off.”
The Senators — some of whom were in attendance five days before when Douglas tied Spanish Springs 2-2 — came prepared to play.
“The first 10 minutes we were amped up,” Carson coach Greg Lehman said. “The girls have been waiting for this game. Douglas is fast and physical. There are some things we need to continue to work on. Our first touch wasn’t as good as I’d like. We’ll get back to training. This was a good experience for the girls.”
The scoreless duel on Tuesday should not have been surprising. Goals are almost an aberration in Carson-Douglas games. They are physical battles, not for the weak of heart.
Carson’s two best opportunities in the first half came in the 15th and 32nd minute, respectively. Kiahna Pimental missed wide left, and then Daggs took a pass from Julie Torres, but was unable to get the ball by Corryne Millett. The Senators had a nice run in the 16th minute, but they were unable to get off a shot.
Douglas was more dominant in the second half, outshooting CHS 5-2.
The Tigers had three good looks in the first nine minutes, two by Alexis VonSchottenstein and one by Kynett. Karla Reyes handled all three shots. Carson had a good run in the 53rd minute, but Millett came out to corral the ball. Caitlin Jones put a free kick over the crossbar in the 26th minute and Kassidy Freitas powered a free kick at Reyes.
Mallory Otto scored twice and twin sister Molly added one score as Carson defeated Douglas 3-1.
Ashley Melandow scored off an assist for the JV Tigers.
Sydney Woodward, Aimee Santos, Baylee Robinson, Jena Schramm, Emily Muller, Payson Coverley, and Jillyan Jacobson turned in strong defensive performances, according to Douglas coach Jessi Chitwood.
The outcome left Douglas at 4-2 for the season while Carson improved to 6-0.