Defensive effort lifts Douglas to 1-0 win
Despite being outshot 15-2, the Douglas Tigers knocked off Carson 1-0 Friday night during a Sierra League boys soccer match in Carson City.
Pedro Vega broke a scoreless tie after an indirect kick in the 56th minute goal. Vega scored on a head flicker off an assist from Chris McKimmey.
For Douglas (8-5-3 overall, 4-5-2 league) the win helped the Tigers take a step toward their season-long objective to qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 2009.
“What I was most pleased about was the total team effort,” Douglas coach Milko Vasquez said. “Everybody stepped up their game which needs to happen if they have any inspiration to make a run at playoffs.”
Vasquez went on to praise an “outstanding” defensive effort that received sparks from goalkeeper Luke Heinrichs and Koby Hinnant.
“Luke played a great game,” the coach said. “I think Koby also had another outstanding game … he was persistent, won balls and moved forward to support the middle by penetrating their open lanes.”
Heinrichs made two sensational plays, one in each half. In the 38th minute, he came out to make a sliding play on a through ball. In the 54th minute, he deflected a shot by Rogelio Herrera.
“I give credit to their keeper,” Carson coach Mike Alvarez said. “He saved two goals for sure. That sliding stop was big.”
Carson, which was celebrating Senior Night, dropped to 9-2 in league play.
Douglas faces a big test today at home against league-leading Wooster.
“Games are won by everyone doing their jobs, including coaches,” Vasquez said. “Execution of tactics and technical skills need to be there in order to compete and desire is the intrisic part that these boys must possess to truly be a good team.”