Boys’ Soccer: Tigers close out year with win
Tuesday night’s season finale amounted to a playoff game for the Douglas boys’ soccer team.
The Tigers responded accordingly, beating Damonte Ranch 1-0 in Minden to post their first win over a playoff-caliber team in two years.
“It’s what the boys’ needed, to finish the season positively,” Douglas coach Vince Brown said. “It was a rebuilding year and we took large strides as a team this year.
“We got a few extra points in the standings than we did last year, but when we were losing last year, we were losing badly.
“Now we’re in games against the Carsons and the North Valleys out there. We were battling all the way through and when we lost, the kids were annoyed about it. They showed a lot of desire to get better.
“Things are coming together and we’ll get back to work this spring.”
The teams played evenly through a scoreless first half before Douglas senior Scott Chandler got the Tigers on the board with a nice shot from the far right wing in the 50th minute.
“That was a good way for him to finish up,” Brown said.
Tiger keeper Francisco Sanchez posted his fourth shutout of the year in the win.
“We’re just thankful for the support we’ve gotten this year from the community,” Brown said. “We’re seeing students out at the games and adults who maybe don’t have kids on the team. It means a lot to the kids. It’s good to see.”
Douglas topped Damonte Ranch 4-2 to finish its season 5-9-2.
The Tigers’ first goal was an own goal charged against Damonte. Emanuel Montoya scored the second unassisted and Oliver Lopez scored the final two off corner kicks from Carlos Lopez.
Damonte added a pair of late goals to set the score at its final.