Boys’ Soccer: Shorthanded Tigers fall to Damonte Ranch |

Boys’ Soccer: Shorthanded Tigers fall to Damonte Ranch

by Joey Crandall

Whatever flu bug is making the rounds through Valley schools hit the Douglas boys’ soccer team hard over the weekend.

The Tigers left for Damonte Ranch Saturday morning missing 16 players (between the varsity and JV squads) due to illness.

The depleted numbers put the Tigers at a disadvantage early and Damonte Ranch raced away with a 4-1 win.

“It was one of those days,” Douglas coach Vince Brown said. “The night before my phone was non-stop with boys phoning-in sick.

“Of the 12 varsity guys we had, five were sick most of the night and felt they could play. But they struggled for most of the game.”

Damonte Ranch capitalized on a few errors early in the game and ran up a quick 3-0 lead.

“The boys tried to string passes together, but nothing was clicking,” Brown said.

The Tigers got on the board with a blistering shot from 35 yards out to the high corner of the net from Emilia Magana in the second half.

“That lifted the players and we commanded the game for the next 15-20 minutes and had a few chances,” Brown said.

Damonte added a late goal to set the score at its final.

The game was a first-look for freshmen Carlos Lopez-Simss, Oliver Lopez and Gia Balthazar, who were called up from JV for the day.

“They held their own,” Brown said. “A special thank you to the Damonte coaching staff and referees who were very helpful and supportive. We had to forfeit the JV game but still managed to get a smaller-sided game for them after the varsity game.”

Douglas hosts Wooster Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and Spanish Springs Friday at 7 p.m.