Douglas slides past Miners, 1-0
Abby Jens scored a goal midway through the first half that stood as the difference Saturday in the Douglas High girls soccer team’s 1-0 Sierra League victory against Bishop Manogue in Reno.
A stellar defensive effort helped Douglas (6-0-1 league, 7-1-1 overall) preserve its lead the rest of the way in a rematch of last year’s region tournament championship contest won by Manogue, 1-0.
“The game could have gone either way. Both teams had the run of play at times,” Douglas coach Werner Christen noted. “Both teams played extremely hard. I thought Manogue played great.”
Grace Brooks and Jordan Smith combined to handle the goalkeeper duties as the Tigers registered their third shutout in four games.
Manogue (2-4-1 league) has lost five straight in games decided by a total of seven goals.
Jens scored in the 21st minute, assisted by Peri Buck.
Jens later sustained an ankle injury that is being diagnosed on a day-to-day basis, according to Christen. Defensive standout Payson Coverley has also been out with an injury.
Douglas and Carson came into this week tied for first-place in the Sierra League standings, both at 6-0-1 and 2 points ahead of 6-1 Galena. The Tigers host Wooster Saturday and Galena next Tuesday, then visit Carson on Oct. 8.
The Douglas Tigers girls JV futbol team moved to 7-0 on the season with a 6-0 victory over Bishop Manogue Saturday.
Tess Sando scored her first goal of the season with a strike in the 21st minute from 20 yards out, according to coach Rick Smith.
Faye Fournier opened the second half scoring with a volley from six yards out on a cross from Calli Weston.
Weston scored the first of her three goals in this game in the 59th minute on an assist from Madison Vickers. Weston scored from inside the keeper box in the 28th and 29 minutes on assists from Fournier. Weston has scored in six of the Tigers’ seven games this season with a team-high 10 goals. Fournier finished the Douglas scoring with a breakaway in the 71st minute.
Douglas keepers Shelbi Beaty and Meleeah McKown combined for their fourth combined clean sheet this season for the Tigers.
Smith said the Tigers received a strong backline performance by Clarie Ingrey, Hailey Christensen, Sophia Bottino, Savanna Harrington, Ariana Bilderback, Tara Dragoo and Colby Bera. Solid midfield play came from Dana Merriam, Jessee Cabrera, Vaneza Diaz, Adriana Grant and Alejandra Ramos.
All 23 Douglas players saw action in both halves.