Depth helps Tigers sweep tournament
If results from this past weekend are a true gauge, depth should be a key attribute for the Douglas High girls soccer team this season.
First-year head coach Rick Smith said the Tigers received contributions from each of their 19 players en route to three straight victories during the South Tahoe Invitational Friday and Saturday in South Lake Tahoe.
Douglas opened with a 6-0 victory against host-South Tahoe on Friday, then came back on Saturday to defeat Spanish Springs, 2-0, and Wooster, 3-1.
“Everybody played in every game,” Smith said. “We picked this team knowing that everybody would play a significant amount of minutes in every game. That way, we’re going to be able to give other teams different looks and keep them on their toes.”
That depth showed up on both offense and defense during the South Tahoe tournament. For example, six different players scored against a South Tahoe team that qualified for the 3A state tournament last year. In a scrimmage three days before against defending 3A state champion Truckee, four players scored in a 4-2 win.
The Tigers still had two go-to players during their three tournament wins, as senior Peri Buck scored four goals and Alexa Moss scored three.
Defensively, the Tigers pitched shutouts against South Tahoe as well as a Spanish Springs team that qualified for the Northern 4A region tournament last year. The one goal they gave up against Wooster came in the final three minutes.
Madison Smalley, McKenna Hoyle, Claire Ingrey, Devi Schwartz, Sophia Bottino and Hailey Christensen were mainstays on the back line. Meanwhile, Jordan Smith went the distance at goalkeeper in all three games.
“We played well,” coach Smith said. “Historically, South Tahoe and Spanish Springs are decent teams, but there were no walkovers in this tournament.”