Douglas boys soccer team falls short, 2-1
The Douglas High boys soccer team was eliminated from playoff contention Saturday with its 2-1 defeat against Damonte Ranch.
Coach Chase Zumpft, however, saw a silver lining in the cloud on a blustery day after watching the Tigers’ second-half performance during their Senior Day contest at Keith Roman Field.
“They played hard to the end,” Zumpft said. “These kids don’t give up.”
Douglas (2-10-1 Sierra League, 2-11-1 overall) showed offensive life through the second half before Alberto Aguayo scored a goal in the final two minutes. In the end, it wasn’t enough to win as Damonte Ranch (6-7, 9-9) held on to clinch no worse than fourth-place in the league and a berth in the Northern 4A Region Tournament next month. For the Tigers, this was marked improvement from Sept. 28, when they lost 3-0 at Damonte Ranch.
Senior Jon Kuhn gave the Mustangs a 1-0 lead that stood at halftime and freshman Ramoan Valasquez made it 2-0 with a tap-in 13 minutes into the second half. Yurmein Perez Isiordia was credited with assists on both goals.
Douglas scored when sophomore Alberto Aguayo redirected the ball out of a crowd in front of the net.
“It was just rolling in front of me and I just took a shot,” Aguayo said. “I didn’t think the ball was going to go in, but then I saw it get past everyone.”
The Tigers had other opportunities to score in the second half. Among those, senior Brian Leon fed a pass inside the box to freshman Camden Brown, only to have the ball stopped by the Damonte Ranch goalkeeper six minutes into the second half. Anthony Soria also had a long run broken up when the goalkeeper came out to smother the ball. And a Leon shot from the right side to the far post was stopped by a lunging effort.
“We had our chances,” Zumpft said. “We should have put them away.”