Girls’ Soccer: Manogue deals Douglas first loss
All streaks have to come to an end at some point.
For the Douglas High girls’ soccer team, two of the most impressive streaks in the history of the program came to an abrupt end Tuesday, ironically at the hands of one of its own.
Bishop Manogue, coached by 2002 Douglas grad Amber Gwinn, ended Douglas’ 32-match unbeaten streak and 26-game win streak with a 1-0 win in Reno.
“It was a great game,” Gwinn, who was a four-year varsity standout for the Tigers, said. “Both teams played outstanding. It was evenly-matched and both sides had about 13 shots on goal.
“We just knew we could get them. We are just as good as them and in this league, it could be any team, any day.”
Indeed, Manogue (9-4-1 Northern 4A) has now beaten the two favorites entering the
year – Douglas and Carson – and has positioned itself as a force to be reckoned with during the upcoming Northern 4A Regional playoffs, which start Oct. 31.
“They know what they are capable of,” Gwinn said. “It’s the strongest group of girls we’ve had here at Manogue. They get along so well. They trust each other and they are starting to believe in each other. Our communication during the game was great and we did a great job of winning balls out of the air.”
The teams had battled each other scoreless through the first 70 minutes of the game, with each squad stringing together a number of promising scoring oppporunities.
In the 73rd minute, Hannah Collins took a corner kick, which she dropped to Annie Sedgewick about 25 yards out from the net.
Sedgewick gave it one touch and ripped a shot that snuck in just under the crossbar for what would prove to be the game’s only goal.
“It was a good distance away,” Gwinn said. “We’re always telling her to shoot from inside the 18 (yard line), I knew she was going to take it by the way she was setting up. It was a great shot.”
Manogue keepers Aidan Vazquez and Wynne Allen split the game in net, each posting two saves in the shutout. The Miner defense of Mackenzie Spaich, Olivia Marrazo and Camille Allen did a stellar job of reining in the potent Tiger offense, which has rattled off an average of 3.7 goals a game this season.
Douglas keeper Bri Randall had six saves in net for the Tigers, who dropped to 18-1 overall and 13-1 in Northern 4A play. Douglas is ranked No. 11 in the current NSCAA/Adidas Western Region poll.