Girls’ Soccer: Tigers blast Raiders | RecordCourier.com

Girls’ Soccer: Tigers blast Raiders

by Joey Crandall

It didn’t take long for the Douglas girls’ soccer team to take control against Reed High Tuesday night.

Thirty seconds, to be exact.

Cora Moody blasted a shot from about 15 yards out to put Douglas up less than a minute into the game and the Tigers cruised to a 6-0 victory from there.

While Reed is in the High Desert League, all Northern 4A games count toward the playoff standings this season, so Douglas improved to 6-0 overall with the win and 1-0 in league play while Reed dropped to 0-1.

“I thought we were stringing passes together very well and making good choices,” Douglas coach Lorraine Fitzhugh said. “They showed a lot of patience with their shots and the defense has been a rock through our first six games.”

Douglas piled up a 3-0 lead within the first eight minutes as Moody punched her second goal of the night in during the third minute and Tia Lyons headed an indirect kick from Moody in for the 3-0 in the eighth minute.

Holly Downer scored on a corner kick from April Hoogendijk in the 26th minute to make it 4-0 and Jessica Vega made it 5-0 just before halftime on an assist from Cara Dunkelman.

Shannon Prinz scored the game’s final goal on a corner kick from Lyons in the 60th minute.

Brianna Randall and Courtney McKimmey each recorded two saves in the combined shutout – the team’s fifth of the season – and the defese got stellar efforts from Downer, Shannon Hubbard, Kaitlyn Varble, Kelsey Mehrer, Allison Chambon and Lacey Marsh.

“You have to give credit to Reed, they didn’t give up and kept pushing us, especially in the individual matchups,” Fitzhugh said. “They were without their starting goalkeeper, so that played into it.

“I’m always impressed with them, the way they develop through the course of a season. They tend to start out a little slow, but you never underestimate them the second time around.”

Douglas next travels to North Valleys on Tuesday.