Douglas girls soccer team starts on busy note
Aug. 25 @ South Tahoe, 12:15 p.m.
Aug. 26 Spanish Springs, 1 p.m. @ South Tahoe
Aug. 26 Wooster, 5 p.m. @ South Tahoe
Aug. 29 McQueen, 3:30 p.m.
Sept. 5 @ North Valleys, 5:15 p.m.
Sept. 9 Spanish Springs, 1:30 p.m.
Sept. 11 South Tahoe, 3:30 p.m.
Sept. 12 Reed, 3:30 p.m.
Sept. 16 @ Hug, 10:45 a.m.
Sept. 19 @ Reno, 3:30 p.m.
Sept. 23 Bishop Manogue, 10:45 a.m.
Sept. 26 Damonte Ranch, 3:30 p.m.
Sept. 29 @ Wooster, 3:30 p.m. (Greater Nevada Field)
Oct. 3 @ Galena, 3:30 p.m.
Oct. 7 Carson, 1:30 p.m.
Oct. 10 @ Bishop Manogue, 3:30 p.m.
Oct. 14 @ Damonte Ranch, 10:45 a.m.
Oct. 17 Wooster, 7 p.m.
Oct. 21 Galena, 10:45 a.m.
Oct. 24 @ Carson, 6:45 p.m.
Oct. 30, Nov. 1-4 Region tournament, TBA
Nov. 10-11 State tournament, North
Bold denotes home game
1, Jordan Smith, jr.
2, Claire Ingrey, jr.
3, Molly Coverley, so.
4, Sophia Bottino, sr.
5, Abby Jens, sr.
6, Madison Smalley, so.
7, Amelia Cochran, so.
9, Alexa Moss, jr.
10, McKenna Hoyle, sr.
12, Macey Weston, sr.
13, Allyson Foster, sr
14, Calli Weston, so.
15, Ariana Bilderback, so.
16, Hailey Christensen, so.
17, Dana Merriam, so.
19, Sharon Fournier, jr.
21, Elizabeth Sando, so.
23, Devi Schwartz, so.
44, Peri Buck, sr.
When Rick Smith was hired as head coach of the Douglas High girls soccer team earlier this summer, one of his first priorities was to set up a schedule that included some good tests before conference play began.
And the Tigers have wasted no time getting started with their learning process. Coming off a 4-2 win in a scrimmage Tuesday at Truckee, they now play three games this weekend at South Tahoe Invitational. The Tigers open today at 12:15 p.m. on host South Tahoe’s high school field then play Saturday at 1 p.m. against Spanish Springs and at 5 p.m. against Wooster.
Douglas opens its Northern 4A conference season Tuesday with a 3:30 p.m. cross-over game at home against McQueen — giving the Tigers five games in eight days.
“You get better by playing games,” Smith said. “You can practice as much as you want, but until you step on the pitch, you really don’t know how much you’ve learned.”
Tuesday’s win was significant since Truckee is the defending 3A state champion (22-1 record).
“We played with a lot of energy and enthusiasm,” Smith said. “It was just a solid team effort, top to bottom. I couldn’t have been more pleased.”
Nine returnees are back from a team that ended its 2016 season with a 10-8-1 overall record. The list includes seniors McKenna Hoyle, Macey Weston, Allyson Foster, Peri Buck and Abby Jens, plus seniors Alexa Moss and Jordan Smith as well as sophomores Madi Smalley and Molly Coverley.
The offense was spread out at Truckee. Buck opened the scoring off an assist from Jens. Amelia Cochran scored the second goal, assisted by fellow sophomore Ariana Bilderback. Buck set up the third goal on a direct kick to Coverley and sophomore Dana Merriam converted the last Douglas goal off a direct kick from Smalley.
Smith went the distance at goalkeeper.
“Truckee has a very tough team,” Smith said. “The difference was our speed. We have a lot of speed, top to bottom.”
The Douglas JV team played Truckee to a 1-1 tie on Tuesday.