Late goals boost Tigers past Galena
Two goals in the final 20 minutes on Saturday lifted the Douglas High girls soccer team to a 2-0 Sierra League victory against Galena on the turf at Keith Roman Field.
Alexis von Schottenstein scored in the 63rd minute to break a scoreless duel and Hannah Coverley added insurance with a goal in the 76th minute to provide the difference for Douglas (3-0) in a battle between longtime rivals.
While Douglas (3-0) posted its third shutout of the young season, this contest was significantly different than the previous 5-0 win against Reed and 6-0 against Wooster.
“Historically, it’s always a really competitive game and I feel Galena did give us a challenge,” Douglas coach Jenny Jaggard said. “The first two games, we didn’t have a lot of pressure on the ball so this was more realistic. This game kind of showed us what we need to work on.”
Douglas broke out on top when Alissa Holley headed a pass into the box, where von Schottenstein beat a defender to the ball and struck a ground ball past the near post into the net.
“She just pushed it to me and I dribbled it, cutting the defender behind me, and tucked it into the right side of the goal with my left foot,” von Schottenstein said.
The Tigers were not going to be satisfied with a scoreless tie for the outcome.
“It felt good to get that first goal in after we had been working hard the whole game,” Holley said.
The scoring play was triggered by a downfield throw-in from Kassidy Freitas.
“She’s got a great throw-in,” Jaggard said. “She’s got one of the best throw-ins, honestly, I’ve ever seen for a high school player. That’s really one of our focuses this year is to try and generate play from the defense; to actually make our attack start from the back, so that’s an encouraging thing.”
Coverley, a defensive midfielder, extended the lead to 2-0 with four minutes left to play when she converted a one-on-one opportunity when she lined a shot past the goalkeeper off an assist from vonSchottenstein.
“I saw the opportunity,” Coverley said. “It was just a beautiful pass from Lexi so I just ran up to it, got my place and shot it.”
Give credit to a solid defensive effort. Goalkeeper Corryne Millett made a nice stop going to her right on a shot in the final minute, otherwise, the Grizzlies had very few scoring opportunities.
One of those presented itself early in the second half, however, Douglas defender Caitlin Jones ran down a long ball and cleared it out to prevent a potential one-on-one shot.
“They did a pretty good job,” Jaggard said. “We have things we need to work on there, too, but overall they are really shaping up.
“It feels good to win against a team like Galena,” the coach added. “There are a lot of things we need to work on, but it’s still only the third game of the season, it’s early, and we have a lot of talent.”
Five different players scored on Tuesday as Douglas beat Wooster 6-0 in Reno.
Freshman Jessica Withrow scored two goals to lead a balanced Douglas (2-0) offense which got off 15 shots on goal. Jillyan Jacobson contributed one goal to go with an assist, while Megan Sando, Holland Chambers and Baylee Robinson scored one goal each. Ashley Melandow also had an assist.
Goalkeeper Morgan Weston earned credit for the shutout, aided by strong defensive performances by Aimee Santos, Robinson and Jacobson.
Weston and the defense were also solid Saturday in a 1-0 loss at home against Galena.