Boys soccer improves record with 4-1 vistory |

Boys soccer improves record with 4-1 vistory

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The Douglas High boys’ soccer team improved its record to 4-1 with a victory over South Tahoe on Thursday at the DHS soccer field.

Senior Jeremy Louthan continued his torrid scoring pace by putting two balls in the net in the first half against the Vikings. Louthan has scored nine goals in the Tigers’ last three games.

Brett Marenco scored the third goal for Douglas. He finished a play started by Louthan.

South Tahoe scored the game’s first goal 15 minutes into the contest, but three goals by the Tigers and a red card issued to a South Tahoe player with 10 minutes to play in the first half were too much to overcome. Because of the red card, the Vikings played the final 10 minutes of the first half and the entire second half with only 10 players instead of 11.

“It’s hard playing against 10 men because they are concentrating on not getting scored on, so the game just doesn’t open up,” said DHS coach Mike Robinson.

Louthan suffered a slight knee injury in the first half and didn’t play in the second half.

Sweeper Kevin Krueger and stopper Brett Marenco both played well defensively against South Tahoe, according to Robinson.

Douglas has won four straight since dropping its first game of the season. The streak includes a 2-1 win on Wednesday against Sparks in a rematch of last year’s zone tournament championship match.

The Tigers appear to be returning to the dominant form that has netted them the last two zone championships, but they still have some questions to answer.

“We still have some tinkering to do,” Robinson said. “We feel we’re playing pretty well everywhere but midfield.”

Douglas played a 4-3-3 formation against South Tahoe to take advantage of the skills of several players on the front line.

“We like it (the 4-3-3) because it gives us more option attacking, but when you lose the midfield you can get overrun,” Robinson said.

Goalkeeper Mylan Schmidt played well despite giving up the early goal. Robinson said the goal was the result of a defensive mixup that left a South Tahoe player unmarked.

The Tigers will host the Fallon Greenwave on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. at the Douglas High soccer field.

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