Girls’ effort not enough at South Tahoe
The victory was there for the taking, but the home team would not give it up.
The Douglas High School girls varsity soccer team had its chances Thursday at South Tahoe but had to settle for a 2-2 tie in a Northern 4A rematch of last year’s zone championship game.
“We should have won that game,” Douglas coach Fred Schmidt said. “But the girls have played a lot of games and spent a lot of time on the road and they’re starting to ware out. The inconsistency showed.”
Douglas, 3-0-1, was scheduled to play its third road game of the week Friday at Carson.
The Vikings jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 6th minute when their striker headed in a cross by their right wing. The goal marked the first time Douglas had trailed this season.
Douglas, which kept good pressure on the South Tahoe goal for most of the game, had its best scoring opportunity of the half in the 10th minute. Striker Jenelle McNulty beat the South Tahoe sweeper to a long clear ball, pulled it back to the right in the penalty box and rifled a shot that skimmed over the crossbar.
The Tigers tied the game nine minutes into the second half.
Sarah Shearer, who was tripped just outside the box, sent a free kick from the right side at the goal. A Douglas player mishit a shot but the ball bounced over to McNulty, who put a high volley into the top right corner of the net.
Douglas took the lead and complete control of the momentum four minutes later when Dioni Rey lofted a free kick from 25 yards out over a defensive wall and the South Tahoe goalie and into the net.
The Tigers, who outshot the Vikings 17-11 and had plenty of other crosses that caused the South Tahoe defense fits, appeared to en route to victory after the second goal. The young and relatively inexperienced bunch had played inconsistently for the better part of the first half but showed it had the ability to step up under pressure and pick up the intensity when it had to.
Douglas had three other great scoring opportunities in the half.
In the 59th minute, Lindsay Dimitri, left unmarked, rushed a little bit missed a shot from point blank range. The play was well orchestrated as McNulty took a long free ball on the right wing, beat one defender and crossed a ball to a place where even the South Tahoe keeper was beaten.
Just a few minutes after South Tahoe tied the game with a long shot from the left side, Douglas was awarded a penalty kick in the 70th minute. A South Tahoe defender was whistled for a hand ball in the box when she tried to clear out a corner kick.
Erin Bell took the kick but the South Tahoe goalie guessed correctly to the right side and made the save. Rey is Douglas’ normal penalty kick specialist but she had left the game a few minutes earlier after being kicked in the head while going for a free ball in the box.
Douglas’ last real scoring chance came in the 71st minute. Bell and Shearer strung together a nice series of wall passes along the left side and Shearer broke free down the sideline. She beat three defenders along the way but her shot was batted away by the South Tahoe goalie.
The tie was disappointing for the Tigers.
“It’s early in the season and we didn’t expect to win every game,” Schmidt said. “We don’t want to lose to anybody right now. I guess a tie is an OK result. That was the team that took the title away from us last year so we’re disappointed because we wanted to pay them back.
“We had almost double their shots on goal and we played with a good effort,” Schmidt added. “The narrowness and quality of the field is not good for a finesse team. It wasn’t very attractive soccer. They kind of boomed it down the field and ran after it.”
First half – South Tahoe 1, Douglas 0. Shots on goal – Douglas 8, South Tahoe 6. Crosses – Douglas 8, South Tahoe 4. Saves – Douglas (Katie Hernandez) 5, South Tahoe 6. Keeper balls – Douglas 3, South Tahoe 6. Corner kicks – Douglas 2, South Tahoe 1. Throw ins – Douglas 15, South Tahoe 19. Goal kicks – Douglas 4, South Tahoe 6.
Second half – Douglas 2, South Tahoe 1. Shots on goal – Douglas 9, South Tahoe 5. Crosses – Douglas 4, South Tahoe 3. Saves – Douglas 1, South Tahoe 5. Keeper balls – Douglas 8, South Tahoe 2. Corner kicks – Douglas 4, South Tahoe 3. Throw ins – Douglas 19, South Tahoe 20. Goal kicks – Douglas 2, South Tahoe 2.
Totals – Douglas 2, South Tahoe 2. Shots on goal – Douglas 17, South Tahoe 11. Saves – Douglas 6, South Tahoe 11.
Junior varsity undefeated
The Douglas girls junior varsity team improved to 4-0 Tuesday with a 3-0 victory at Sparks.
Ali Shea broke the ice in the 15th minute when she took a corner kick from Kelsey Newell and scored from outside the penalty area. Just 15 minutes later, Newell scored her first goal of the season with a shot into the left corner.
Jeannette Holt scored the Tigers’ third goal. Erin Warrell threw in to Tracey Cambell, who then banked a shot off the post. Holt was there to gather the rebound and put the ball into the net.Tiffany Sanchez filed this report