Carson girls edge past Douglas, 1-0
One break was the difference Saturday when Carson High slipped past Douglas, 1-0, in a showdown between Sierra League girls soccer front-runners in Carson City.
Lauren Hudak’s goal in the 67th minute broke up a scoreless struggle between rivals as the Senators solidified their hold on first-place in the league race. Carson improved to 10-0-1 and opened up a five-point lead on third-place Douglas (8-2-1 league, 9-3-1 overall) in the league standings. Galena (10-1) is in second-place.
Sophomore forward Alexa Moss was back in action for Douglas after going down with an injury four nights before in a 2-1 loss against Galena. The Tigers were still short-handed due to injuries to starters Peri Buck and Abby Jens, who are expected to return in two to three weeks, according to coach Werner Christen.
“We’re still working on some combos with our injuries,” Christen noted. “(The Carson game) Wasn’t a beautiful game by no means. I think we both had our spurts.”
The Senators didn’t have many opportunities and their lone goal came with 13 minutes left to play off a crossing pass and not a shot. Hudak sent a cross from the right side toward the goal and into a pack of players from both teams. In the blink of an eye, the ball had caromed into the net.
“It (the ball) was bouncing,” Hudak said. “The way it came off my foot I had a feeling it was going toward the goal. I’m surprised it went in.”
Douglas had an opportunity to get back in the game one minute later, however, a goal was wiped out after the Tigers were called for a hand ball.
The Senators tuned up for their showdown with league-leading Galena by blanking the Tigers, 8-0, Saturday afternoon.
Carson improved to 9-2 in Sierra League play while Douglas dropped to 1-9-1 (1-10-1 overall). The Senators will take a shot at first-place in the league today when they take on Galena.
Eddie Porter and Jaime Saldana scored two goals each for Carson, while Peter Garrett, Guillermo Hernandez, Oscar Ventura and Danny Manzo scored one goal each. Saldana scored in the 15th minute to break the scoreless tie, and Hernandez added a goal about a minute later to make it 2-0.
The Douglas boys team hosts Bishop Manogue today at 3:30 p.m. and Damonte Ranch Saturday at 10:45 a.m.
(Editor’s note: Nevada Appeal sports writer Darrell Moody contributed to this report)