Galena stops Douglas in girl’s soccer action
Last season, the Douglas and Galena girls’ soccer teams split the two games they played. And both times the contests ended with 1-0 scores.
So both teams must have felt a little out of sorts when the Tigers jumped out to a 2-0 lead over the Grizzlies in the first half on Tuesday in Reno.
The Grizzlies responded to the adversity, however, and scored three unanswered to pull out a 3-2 victory.
“Our inexperience once we got up on a good team showed,” Douglas coach Fred Schmidt said. “We did not continue to play as the better team.”
The Tigers dropped to 3-2 on the season, falling two games behind Sierra League front runners Reno and Carson, who are both undefeated. Galena improved to 3-1.
“We’re going to have to play some catch-up,” Schmidt said. “It’s only five games into the season and this team has a lot of varsity playing left to go before they feel comfortable in big games like this.”
The Tigers got on the scoreboard early in the first half when midfielder Britney Christen beat a Grizzly defender down the sideline and then crossed the ball into the Galena penalty box. Teammate Amber Gwinn was left unmarked and flicked the ball past goalie Jayleen Chen to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead.
Fifteen minutes later, Douglas went up 2-0 after Gwinn scored her second goal of the half off an assist by Kali Schmidt. But just minutes later, Galena’s Bianca Sciotta made it 2-1, bringing the Grizzlies to within a goal at half-time.
Early in the second, Douglas continued to keep the pressure on the Grizzly defense. The Tigers peppered Chen with shot after shot, including one series where Douglas fired two shots off the goal post.
“We had some great chances that we just didn’t put away,” Schmidt said. “And I think when we didn’t score, that we got a little frustrated.”
Galena tied the game at 2-2 after a scramble in the front of the Douglas goal. Meghan Baumbach drilled a low shot past goalie Ashley Sulprizio, who got a touch on the ball but then saw it skid off her gloves and into the goal.
Ten minutes later, Amy Jackson completed Galena’s comeback with her shot that rolled under Sulprizio to finish the scoring at 3-2.
“It’s always very encouraging to come back from 2-0 down against teams the caliber of Douglas,” said Galena coach Sean Canty. “My team showed a lot of heart out there.”