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Boys soccer: Douglas drops North Valleys

by Joey Crandall

Douglas used its superior speed and ball movement to run past North Valleys 7-1 against North Valleys in Northern 4A boys soccer action Saturday at Douglas High School.

“It was just a good overall effort,” Douglas co-coach Phil Sheridan said. “This was the first whole game where we have played halfway decent. Our first half was exceptional.”

Douglas’ Mike Gransbery scored his first of two goals early on to get Douglas out of the gate quickly.

Chris Aguilar sent a crossing pass which Justin Norvell one-timed into the net in the 13th minute to put Douglas up 2-0. David Sturgess set up Martin Rubio in front of the net off a rebound in the 28th minute which Rubio grounded past the North Valleys goalie to make it 3-0.

“David did a great job for us in the middle today and our defense kept the ball away from our goalies for the most part,” Schmidt said.

Douglas also appeared to be more effectively physical than the Panthers throughout the game.

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“We go on the a little but it was really just a matter on our guys focusing and playing the game they know how to play,” Sheridan said.

Iani Dunbar scored on a rebound shot set up by his own corner kick in the 33rd minute and Norvell hit Gransbery with a crossing pass for the assist on Gransbery’s second goal of the game in the 63rd minute.

Sturgess followed a rebound into the net for a goal in the 67th minute and Chase Cohee assisted Justin Grimm with two minutes left to complete the scoring.

“Grimm had a big game for us at extender forward,” Sheridan said. “Our finishing still needs to improve as a team. We had 16 shots on goal in the first half and made four. We’d like to see the percentage go up.”

Douglas, which improved to 3-0 on the season with the win, will face its biggest test of the season Wednesday as it hosts defending state champ South Tahoe at 3:30 p.m.

— Joey Crandall can be reached at jcrandall@recordcourier.com or at (775) 782-5121, ext. 212.