Douglas takes out Galena | RecordCourier.com

Douglas takes out Galena

by Joey Crandall

Justin Grimm had two big shots and Chris Aguilar had two big saves as the Douglas High School soccer team defeated Galena 3-1 Wednesday afternoon at Douglas.

Aguilar made two point-blank saves right in a row late in the game to preserve the Tigers’ lead.

“Without those, this would have been a very different ball game,” Douglas co-coach Milko Vasquez said. “He came through in a big way for us.”

Steve Done also played solid in net during the first half.

Grimm directed an arcing pass from Justin Norvell into the net for his first goal in the 13th minute of the game.

He came back in the 49th minute, driving downfield and beating the final defender with a move that also drew the goalie out enough for him to tap the ball past for the goal.

Colten Mellows opened up the scoring for the Tigers in the game, taking the ball nearly the length of the field from his sweeper position before chipping into the upper portion of the net for a goal in the second minute.

“Colten was there for us all game,” Vasquez said. “He saved us over and over again on the defensive end.”

The three goals and Aguilar’s saves were the highlights of an otherwise bland contest.

“To be honest, I don’t think we played very well,” Douglas co-coach Phil Sheridan said. “Galena out-played us and maintained possession much better than we did. But we’ll take the win.”

Sheridan, though, said he was happy that when scoring opportunities did arise, his players were able to capitalize on them.

“That’s what you have to do to win these types of games,” Sheridan said. “The guys are getting the ball to the right spot, and then doing good things with it when they do. That’s all you can ask.”

Douglas improved to 2-0 on the season overall and will open league play this weekend as it plays host to North Valleys Saturday at 11 a.m.

— Joey Crandall can be reached at jcrandall@recordcourier.com or at (775) 782-5121, ext. 212.