Douglas girls edge Mustangs
A second-half goal by Alexa Moss stood as the difference for the Douglas High girls soccer team in its 1-0 Senior Day win Saturday at home against Damonte Ranch.
Moss scored off an assist from Sydney Woodward in the 53rd minute to break up a scoreless duel at Keith Roman Field as the Tigers ended a three-game losing streak.
Douglas (9-3-1 league, 10-4-1 overall) solidified its hold on third-place in the Sierra League race and continued a season-long trend of close contests. The Tigers are 4-2 in matches decided by one goal and 6-3 in those decided by two goals or less.
Four of their five matches in October have been one-goal affairs (the fifth was a 2-0 loss to Manogue). The Tigers have scored four goals in those five matches.
Grace Brooks and Jordan Smith shared time at goalkeeper as Douglas posted its sixth shutout of the season.
Douglas returns to action Saturday at 12:30 p.m. against Galena in Reno and then concludes the regular season Tuesday with a 3:30 p.m. game at home against Carson.
Douglas remained undefeated last Tuesday with an 8-0 win against visiting Bishop Manogue.
The Tigers scored in the third minute after a run into the box by striker Calli Weston from a through ball from center mid Caitlyn Camara. Weston dished off a perfect pass to striker Devi Schwartz, who made a soft touch into the middle of the keeper box and found the right hand corner of the net, coach Rick Smith reported. In the 14th minute, Schwartz again scored, off of an outside cross from midfielder Vaneza Diaz.
Striker Faye Founier scored in the 23 minute after receiving a perfectly timed pass to her run into the box. This score was quickly followed by a shot form the right side of the penalty box by outside wing Adriana Grant for her first score of the season after a pass from outside back Tara Dragoo. Fournier scored again in the 27th and 30th minutes, both times after intercepting a Manogue pass and slotting passes into the corners.
In the second half, Camara scored on a first touch volley from the 6-yard line, off a corner kick from center mid Dana Merriam. Later in the half, Dragoo made a 30-yard run up the left touch line and played a cross to center midfielder Jessee Cabrara for the score.
Goalkeepers Shelbi Beaty and Meleeah McKown faced only two shots to record their seventh shutout of the season.
The Tigers backline was again strong with outstanding games from center backs Claire Ingrey and Colby Bera, according to coach Smith. They were supported by defenders Hailey Christensen, Alejandra Ramos, Ari Bilderback, and Sophia Bottino. Douglas midfielder Tess Sando controlled the middle of the pitch.