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Girls’ Soccer: Reno hands Lady Tigers first loss

by Joey Crandall

The Douglas girls’ soccer team’s first away game of the season didn’t go quite as well as coach Fred Schmidt would have hoped.

Despite controlling possession for a majority of the game and winning many of the statistical battles, the Tigers gave up an early and a late goal in a 2-1 loss at Reno High School Tuesday evening.

“We know we were the better team in that game,” Schmidt said. “Their coach came over and told us that we’re the best team he’s faced all year and they’ve lost several times.

“But the game is won on the scoreboard. We didn’t play to our potential and we had some problems finishing. But it’s better to lose early in the year than late.”

Reno managed to break through the staunch Douglas defense in the third minute as Mary Skau took a pass from Raimy Novacek and put it in the net for a goal.

Douglas, led defensively by Jessica Maule, then proceeded to keep the Huskies away from the net for most of the rest of the game.

The Tigers allowed only four shots on goal all game.

Seven minutes into the second half, Douglas’ Bianca Gillespie crossed a nice pass to Christina Bradshaw who headed the ball in to tie the game up.

Skau scored again with seven minutes left on a Novacek assist, proving to be the game-winner.

Douglas had several strong opportunities to tie the game back up, but had a number of shots just miss.

“The girls fought hard the entire second half,” Schmidt said. “We had a couple great chances right in front, but it just wasn’t happening for us.”

Schmidt said he noticed his players having some difficulty adjusting to Reno’s hard-packed surface on a much longer and wider field than Douglas’. Considering Douglas must play all but one of its games in October on the road, it is something he said he’d like to see addressed quickly.

“We got too comfortable at home over our first five games,” Schmidt said. “We have our work cut out for us because six of our last seven games are on the road.

“Hopefully we won’t get too down, it’s better to lose early on in the season than it is to lose late.”

Douglas hosts Wooster Saturday at 1 p.m.

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