Boys soccer team earns 17th consecutive win |

Boys soccer team earns 17th consecutive win

by Chuck Smock

The Douglas boys’ soccer team finished an incredible run with its 17th consecutive victory Wednesday at the DHS field. The win established a Northern 4A record for regular-season victories.

Jeremy Louthan scored two goals in the first half and the Tigers (17-1) made the lead stand up for the 2-0 win over the Reno Huskies.

Douglas will play host to Sparks on Monday at 2 p.m. in the first round of the 4A Northern Zone Tournament.

Louthan’s goals pushed his single-season scoring record to 31 goals.

And it could have been more.

Louthan passed up a chance to take a penalty kick late in the first half. Rory Marenco made a nice individual play to work the ball into the penalty box, where he was tackled from behind by a Reno defender.

Douglas coach Mike Robinson said he would have liked to see Louthan take the penalty kick, but the senior deferred to his teammate.

“I think Rory deserved it because he created the play,” Louthan said.

The Reno goalkeeper made a nice, leaping save to his left to keep Marenco’s shot out of the net.

Reno, which had defeated Douglas in the last game of the season in each of the last three years, rarely threatened Wednesday. The Tigers’ defense, led by Kevin Krueger at sweeper and Kevin Rohrbough at stopper, did a good job preventing the Huskies from generating much of an offensive attack. Goalkeeper Mylan Schmidt earned the shutout.

“Reno played well,” Robinson said. “The were very organized, skillful and methodical.

“We just beat them to the ball and basically outplayed them.”

The Tigers, whose only loss came against McQueen in the first game of the season, had already clinched the division title and the No. 1 seed at the zone tournament heading into Wednesday’s game.

“It’s nice to be unbeaten after the first loss, but the important thing was not to get any red cards and not to get hurt,” said Robinson, who added that it was important to play well against Reno because the Tigers could meet again in the playoffs.

Louthan said the Tigers wanted to finish the regular season with a strong performance.

“I think it was important to us to win our last game going into zone,” he said. “I think we finished good and I think we’re going to keep getting better in zone.”

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