Douglas boys soccer team moves through adversity
Despite having four players leave the team, the Douglas High boys soccer team moved forward in back-to-back games this past week against two of the Sierra League’s front-runners.
Douglas lost 2-0 last Saturday at home against Wooster then came back on Wednesday and dropped a 6-1 decision at home against league-leading Galena. Wooster is the defending league champion and 2015 region and state tournament runner-up.
Douglas is 1-8-1 in league (1-9-1 overall) coming into its game Saturday at Carson. The Tigers are fifth in the league, 11 points behind fourth-place Damonte Ranch in the race for the final berth for the region tournament next month.
Four players left the team one day after the Tigers lost 3-0 at Damonte Ranch on Sept. 28 in Reno. One player was ejected from that game and is one of the players who left the team, first-year Douglas coach Chase Zumpft said.
“Things are working out,” Zumpft said on Friday. “Our chemistry and morale were much better in the Wooster game; the boys played hard and they played together. The score of the Galena game did not reflect their effort; we were just out-matched against a very strong team.”
Galena improved its league record to 8-0-1 with the win on Wednesday.
Zumpft, himself a Douglas graduate, noted that the four players gave no reason why they were leaving the team. At this time, the Tigers are only looking to the future, he added.
“I couldn’t ask more from the kids who are still here fighting through the adversity and sticking together,” Zumpft said. “They are committed to working for the program and for the team.”