Miners slip past Tigers, 2-0
Two goals inside the final three minutes before halftime stood as the difference Tuesday afternoon when Bishop Manogue posted a 2-0 Sierra League girls soccer victory against Douglas in Minden.
Mallory Benna scored on a header in the 37th minute and Mikaela Woodhead converted a free kick in the 40th minute as Manogue broke up a scoreless struggle between rivals who met for the region tournament championship last year.
The Miners won that championship contest in a snow blizzard, 1-0, and their win on Tuesday was important as well. Manogue (4-7-1 league) is battling Wooster for fourth-place and a berth in the playoffs, while Douglas (8-3-1 league, 9-4-1 overall) stands third.
Four of Manogue’s seven losses have been decided by one goal, including a 1-0 verdict at home against Douglas on Sept. 24.
“We’ve had a lot of close games, but I knew the girls could win,” said Manogue coach Shelly Gamble, a 1999 Carson High graduate. “It’s just been a matter of putting the pieces together and they came together nicely today against a really talented Douglas team.”
The Miners had four corner kicks in the closing 20 minutes of the first half and the last paid off when Bekah Gonzalez lofted the ball from the left side toward Benna, who headed a shot across the goal line. Gonzalez scored the game-winning goal on a penalty kick in last year’s region tournament title game.
Woodhead drove a 20-yard free kick that dipped underneath the crossbar to increase the margin to 2-0 in the final minute before halftime.
“We told our kids yesterday they would be facing a desperate opponent,” Douglas coach Werner Christen said. “I thought we played exceptionally well the first 20 minutes, and we had some great opportunities, things just didn’t work out.”