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DHS girls bomb South Tahoe

by Chuck Smock

The Douglas girls continued their rampage through the Northern 4A Conference on Saturday with a 6-0 soccer victory over previously unbeaten South Tahoe.

The Tigers scored two quick goals in the first half and added four more in the second half to cruise to the win.

Douglas was 5-0 heading into a Tuesday road game at Fallon (1-5). South Tahoe dropped to 2-1-2.

“We got a big ol’ piece of humble pie,” South Tahoe coach Julia Peyser said. “They were a very solid team. Their passing was incredible. We were really watching them play the game.”

The six goals Douglas scored were more than the Vikings had allowed in their previous three games.

Abby Aldrich gave the Tigers all the offense they would need when she found the net seven minutes into the contest.

A few minutes later, Sarah Shearer created a scoring chance that led to a South Tahoe own-goal.

Julia Spaulding scored two goals in the second half. Stephanie Webb and Shearer also added goals in the final 40 minutes.

Shearer finished with two assists, while Webb and Jessica Haltom also made passes that led to goals.

“The game was actually a lot closer than the 6-0 score indicates,” Douglas coach Fred Schmidt said. “It was 2-0 at halftime, but we hadn’t really controlled the ball like I wanted to.”

The Tigers took control of the game six minutes into the second half. South Tahoe was awarded a penalty kick after Douglas was called for a hand-ball infraction in the penalty box. Goalkeeper Ashley Sulprizio stared down the Viking kicker, who missed the goal by two yards.

Sulprizio then sent the goal kick to Lindsee Porter, who carried the ball up the sideline and passed to Spaulding. The senior striker bent a ball from 20 yards to the left of the goal over the South Tahoe keeper and off the inside of the far post.

In less than one minute, the Tigers had turned a potential 2-1 game into a 3-0 contest.

“From that point on, the game wasn’t in doubt at all,” Schmidt said. “It was just a matter of whether we’d preserve the shutout.”

Which they did for the fourth time in five games this season. The Tigers have allowed only one goal this year.

Schmidt said Mariah Weigel, Ali Shea, Stephanie Haws, Erin Warrell, Kristie Gearty and Jessica Girdner all played well defensively to help Sulprizio record her fourth shutout in goal.

The coach also said Spaulding and Aldrich played great games on offense.

“The combination play, the overlapping runs and diagonal runs were just outstanding,” Schmidt said. “I was real proud of them. They responded real well to the challenge.”

The Tigers will play host to Reno on Saturday at 11 a.m.