Another one-goal cliffhanger for Tigers girls soccer team
Cliffhangers have become commonplace for the Douglas High girls soccer team in October. And things were no different Tuesday afternoon when the Tigers dropped a 1-0 verdict to Wooster during a matchup between Sierra League foes in Reno.
Wooster (6-7-1 league, 7-8-1 overall) scored on an own goal in the first half, according to Douglas coach Werner Christen, and then the Colts held on for what was an important win for their playoff prospects.
“We missed a couple chances early,” Christen noted.
Douglas (9-4-1 league, 10-5-1 overall) has seen five of its six matches in October decided by one-goal — and the sixth was a 2-0 loss to Manogue. The Tigers have scored four goals in those six matches. Douglas beat Wooster, 2-1, on Oct. 1 in Minden.
Despite the loss, Douglas is still assured of no worse than a third-place finish in the league’s race for the playoffs. Wooster is fourth in the league standings, six points ahead of Bishop Manogue.
The Tigers have two more tough games left on their schedule, Saturday at Galena and Tuesday at home against Carson.
Douglas remained undefeated for the season with a 7-0 win at Wooster. Douglas (14-0 overall) scored in the third minute when Faye Fournier converted an unassisted goal. Four minutes later, Fournier received a throw-in from Caitlin Camara and beat the keeper to the near post.
In the 15th minute, Alejandra Ramos struck a screamer across the box which bounced into the goal for a 3-0 lead that stood at halftime.
The Tigers continued their momentum three minutes into the second half after goalkeeper Meleeah McKown sent a 50-yard punt downfield. The ball was gathered in by Devi Schwartz, who pushed her dribble past a Wooster defender deep into the penalty box and shot past Wooster’s keeper for a goal.
Austin Zivkovic scored 10 minutes later when she received a pass from Schwartz and burst into the keeper box to score.
Fournier completed her second hat trick of the season when she made a darting run into the box and received a perfectly timed pass from Ramos to score.
Schwartz accounted for the final goal when she executed a give-and-go pass with Jessee Cabrera and struck a shot into the upper netting.
Douglas keepers Shelbi Beaty and McKown combined for their eighth shutout of the season. They were aided by the strong back line play of Claire Ingrey, Colby Bera, Ari Bilderback, Sophia Bottino, Savanna Harrington, Hailey Christensen and Tara Dragoo, coach Rick Smith noted.
The coach also praised the midfield play of Camara, Dana Merriman, Tess Sando, Ramos and Cabrera for connecting the back line with the strikers, Zivkovic, Calli Weston, Schwartz and Fournier.